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■ Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Lakes Urology Clinic recognized for quality lab services

Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Lakes Urology Clinic met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Completing COLA’s accreditation program means the clinical laboratory is in compliance with improvement amendments, or CLIA, and is recognized by the Joint Commission.

Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Lakes Urology Clinic has earned COLA accreditation as a result of their commitment to providing quality laboratory services to their patients.

Laboratory professionals perform comprehensive testing in the following specialties: chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, pathology (histology and cytology), serology and transfusion medicine.

■ Froemming joins MMFCU board

BAXTER — Todd Froemming of Baxter was elected to the Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union Board of Directors at the organization’s 2014 annual meeting.

Froemming will replace outgoing Board Member Eryk Haapajoki. Froemming is co-owner of

Syvantis Technologies, as well as senior technical consultant for Syvantis, covering all aspects of accounting systems from pre-sales to implementation and ongoing support. He is also active in the community, including service on the Brainerd School District Community Education Advisory Council and the district’s Technology and Transportation Committee.

Also at the April 22 annual meeting, several board members were re-elected to subsequent terms, including Jason Anakkala, Theresa Goble and Rhonda Smith.

Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union’s Board of Directors are volunteer representatives of the entire credit union membership. Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative with offices in Alexandria, Baxter, Brainerd, Crosby, Little Falls, Pequot Lakes, and Staples.

■ Moe receives Road to Success Scholarship

LITTLE FALLS — Deml Insurance Agency of Little Falls along with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company of Grinnell, Iowa, named Little Falls High School Senior Laura Moe of Royalton as a recipient of a 2014 Road to Success Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

“We’re happy to recognize Laura’s academic accomplishments and safe driving record through a Road to Success Scholarship. We wish Laura the best in future endeavors,” said Tom Deml of Deml Insurance Agency.

Moe was selected from thousands of Grinnell Mutual policyholders based on excellence in the high school classroom and a safe driving record. Moe’s parents are Dan and Jeanne Moe.

■ Wig voted to Minnesota

Council of Airports Board

The Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA) board of directors hosted board and officer elections at its annual meeting at the Minnesota Airports Conference at Bemidji’s Sanford Center on April 17, 2014.

Joseph Harris, airport manager at Anoka County-Blaine Airport, was elected as chairman and Jeff Wig of Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport was voted vice chairman.

Mark Hagen of Detroit Lakes was re-elected as secretary-treasurer. Airport managers Kevin Baker of Mankato, Glenn Burke of South St. Paul, Joe Hedrick of Thief River Falls and Karen Weller of Bemidji were all elected to serve on the MCOA board of directors.

The Minnesota Council of Airports is an organization of airport managers and board members from Minnesota’s public-use airports. The MCOA works closely with airport users and businesses as well as regulatory agencies to encourage aviation safety, expansion of air travel, and collaboration across airports, private industry and government.

■ Nor-Son adds vice president

Brian Lubben is Nor-Son’s new vice president of architecture, planning and consulting.

Based out of the Wayzata office, he will be engaged and support all four Nor-Son locations. Nor-Son’s said Lubben’s passion and career experience fits hand-in-glove for Nor-Son’s homes, hospitality, healthcare and commercial specialization.

Lubben has more than 25 years of expertise in architecture, development, and consulting. He is highly skilled in the areas of project feasibility, master planning, building design, project management, and construction administration. Lubben completed healthcare, senior living, hospitality, and mixed-use projects for clients across the globe and he strongly believes every project can be exceptional while fulfilling its intended business purpose. He is also well-versed in owner representation, lender representation, due diligence, building condition, forensic studies and solutions, entitlements, and peer architect review.

Prior to joining Nor-Son, Lubben was responsible for capital project management on large healthcare, senior living and institutional projects around the United States. Most recently, he managed the development, design and construction of a $40 million hospital expansion in the Twin Cities.

Lubben is a graduate of Iowa State University and lives in Minnetonka.

■ Niemann joins Essentia Health Brainerd Clinic

Physician Assistant Amanda Niemann joined the Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic. She will care for adults and children and has a special interest in women’s health and dermatology.

“I grew up in Foley, Minnesota, and I still have family nearby, so I’m happy that I’m able to practice close to my hometown,” Niemann said. Niemann earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of South Dakota School of Health Science in Vermilion, S.D. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

“I enjoy the variety that working in family medicine brings and I like that I get to take care of my patients throughout all of the stages of life,” says Niemann.

■ Lakewood Health System receives Partnership Award from Dan’s Prize

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System received the Outstanding Community Partnership Award for 2014 from the Dan’s Prize organization of Long Prairie.

The award recognizes the service Lakewood provides to the Dan’s Prize organization, and its employees.

“Dan’s Prize had a great year, and we want to recognize what that means to us,” said Dan’s Prize Vice-President Vern Noland. “The service Lakewood Health System provides our employees just goes to show how important people, and the work they do, truly are. We’re excited to continue this community partnership for years to come.”

Presenting the award were Dan’s Prize Vice-President Vern Noland and Human Resources Manager Doug Kloth. The award was presented to: Lakewood Health System CEO Tim Rice; Roxanne Hejhal, director of Occupational Health; and Barb Strack, registered nurse, Lakewood’s on-site occupational health nurse at Dan’s Prize.

■ Lakewood Health System Emergency Department receives equipment grant

STAPLES — The Staples Ambulance at Lakewood Health System recently received a grant from the Central Minnesota EMS Region. Staples Ambulance was one of 31 award winners throughout the twelve county areas who received a grant to purchase equipment for their emergency department.

“In applying for this grant, we wanted to use the money to purchase glucose meters and cases for our ambulances,” said Lakewood Emergency Services Manager Connie Wells. “Having these meters available in the ambulances will make it easier to check patients’ blood sugars. This portability ensures faster results, and prompt treatment, if necessary.”

The Central Minnesota EMS Region is one of eight EMS Regions in the state of Minnesota. They serve a twelve county area that includes: Benton, Cass, Crow Wing, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright. The Central Minnesota EMS Region spans 11,867 square miles and has more than 600,000 residents; making it Minnesota’s second largest region in population. There are nearly 300 EMS agencies that provide services and nearly two-thirds of those agencies are considered volunteer.

The Central Minnesota EMS Region recognizes the need local EMS agencies have in purchasing equipment. Periodically, the Central Region has grant money available for agencies to purchase patient care or communications equipment.

■ Agents earns American Star Excellence

in Customer Experience Certification

BAXTER — American Family Insurance agents Trevor Tobin, Rollo Winegarner, Darlys Every, and Abbie Hoelscher were recognized for demonstrating the highest level of commitment to outstanding customer service.

Tobin, an agent in Baxter, Winegarner and Every, agents in Brainerd, and Hoelscher, an agent in Pequot Lakes, were recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification.

Tobin has been an agent with American Family since September of 2005. Winegarner has been an agent since November of 1976. Every has been an agent since May of 1968. Hoelscher has been an agent since November 2011.

The distinction was determined through an evaluation process consisting of a customer satisfaction survey. Agencies that perform in the top 20 percent of all insurance agencies nationwide, based on the surveys, are eligible to become American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certified.


■ CREDI to host annual meeting

CROSBY — The Cuyuna Range Economic Development Inc.’s 2014 annual meeting is noon to 1:30 p.m. June 5 at Heartwood Senior Living Center, 500 Heartwood Drive, Crosby.

A light lunch will be served at noon followed by economic development updates from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost is $10. RSVP is requested to


■ Free Thrivent workshop

on basic estate planning

LITTLE FALLS — Thrivent Financial is hosting a free educational workshop on estate preservation.

Called “Estate Strategy Essentials,” the one-hour workshop is 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. May 20 at the Little Falls Senior Center, 510 Seventh St. NE, Little Falls.

The workshop is being presented by Carlyle Olsen, financial associate with Thrivent Financial.

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