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■ Sinotte joins The Woods

Banquet and Event Center

Megan Sinotte joined The Woods Banquet & Event Center as corporate event and wedding planner.

Sinotte has returned to central Minnesota after spending several years in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Twin Cities. Most recently she was the corporate event planner for a resort on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

The Woods, is owned by Luke and Terri Ebnet, who purchased the former Chap and Timbermist on County Highway 3 north of Brainerd.

■ Bausman joins CRMC as emergency services director

Paramedic Tom Bausman of Peachtree City, Ga., recently joined Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby as emergency services director.

Bausman has more than 30 years experience in supervision and management and 20 years experience as a leader in education.

Bausman moved to the Cuyuna Lakes from Atlanta where he worked for Grady Health System the past three years as training and education manager. He also served as director of education at Guardian College in Meridian, Idaho, for five years and owned his own business, Tier One EMT, in Twin Falls, Idaho, for six years.

The director, who will also manage the ambulance department, has worked as a paramedic in numerous services and environments; urban and rural 911, on-call service, clinically with orthopaedic surgeons, and as a paramedic in emergency departments.

Bausman served as a Pararescueman in United States Air Force for 20 years and was involved in several conflicts. He retired as a technical sergeant in 1999.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, he has a bachelor’s degree in workforce education and human resource development and worked towards a master’s degree at Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga.

■ Schwendeman

attends convention

BAXTER — Chad Schwendeman, broker/owner of Exit Lakes Realty Premier, attended the Radio And Television Experts annual Mastermind Convention at the Omni Hotel in Dallas in May.

The RATE event brought together 150 of the top producing agents in the country to share ideas, hear from industry experts on the newest marketing strategies in the real estate market. Schwendeman was able to hear from Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s “Shark Tank” and Glenn Beck.

■ English, Otto gain recognition

CROSBY — Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby recently recognized Registered Nurses Adam English of the Minnesota Center for Orthopaedics and Darcy Otto of the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery for their completion of the organization’s Clinical Recognition Program.

The purpose of the program is to recognize and reward commitment to and expertise in clinical practice for registered nurses. The program provides opportunities for eligible nurses to progress through a clinical career advancement program through the achievement of designated credentials, clinical skills and contributions.

The nurses were honored at luncheon Wednesday. Past recipients include Kelly Hagestuen of obstetrics, Violet Mussell of the emergency department, Jesse Oman of obstetrics, Christine Roy of radiology, Colleen Tauzell of the Minnesota Institute for minimally invasive surgery, and Sandy Taylor of obstetrics.

The CRMC’s Clinical Recognition Program allows eligible registered nurses to select from a menu of clinical skills, activities, and achievements during a 12-month period to earn points needed to qualify for a clinician, advanced clinician, or clinical expert. The nurses are awarded the designation for two years and are expected maintain the activities and achievements for the appropriate level the entire time.


■ Little Falls chamber

to host Kresha, Gazelka

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber and community members to a post-legislative dialog with Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, and Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, from 9-10:30 a.m. June 4 at Little Falls City Hall, 100 Seventh Ave. NE.

This is an opportunity to hear a recap of the 2014 legislative session and a preview of the 2015 session. Gazelka and Kresha will be present to hear first hand the concerns and issues that impact the success of business. Questions and comments from the audience are welcome.

Please direct questions about the legislative update to the chamber by calling 320-632-5155.

■ Lakewood to have

CPAP equipment and

mask appointments

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System’s durable medical equipment store, Medical Marketplace, will be offering CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) mask and equipment pressure check appointments from June 9 to June 13.

Appointments are open to anyone who uses or is interested in finding out more about equipment and products that assist with sleep apnea. Those who make appointments are encouraged to bring their machine and any supplies they are currently using for a complimentary pressure testing and Smart Card screening.

Medical Equipment Coordinator Rita Miller will assist in proper mask fitting and checking the calibration of CPAP and BiPAP equipment.

Information on new masks and other CPAP products and services will also be available. Appointments are a must, so call Rita Miller at 218-894-8482 for additional information or to set up an appointment time.

■ CREDI annual

meeting set Thursday

CROSBY — The Cuyuna Range Economic Development Inc.’s (CREDI) 2014 annual meeting is planned from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Heartwood Senior Living Center, 500 Heartwood Dr., Crosby.

A light lunch will be served. The economic development updates are planned from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

An RSVP is requested to

■ Crosslake-area business

leaders invited to Explore Crosslake meeting

CROSSLAKE — The Brainerd Lakes Chamber invites all members of the Crosslake business community to its Explore Crosslake meetings.

The next meeting will be 8 a.m. Tuesday at Golden Horizons, 13631 E. Shore Road in Crosslake.

For more information, contact Cindy Myogeto with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s Crosslake office at 218-692-4027 or

■ AmericInn Lodge & Suites

hosts Business After Hours

BAXTER — The employees of AmericInn Lodge & Suites are hosting Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s Business After Hours from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on June 10 at 14466 Dellwood Drive, Baxter.

During Business After Hours, AmericInn Lodge & Suites will provide chamber members with hors d’oeuvres and beverages, information about its offerings and door prizes.

The event is the finale of the “Clue”-themed mystery event, where participants were invited to figure out a “who done it.” Clues will be given out for participants to make their best judgment. But participants must keep their guesses to themselves until the final reveal.

Advance registration is recommended for this free event. To register, contact Holly Holm at 822-7112 or

■ Meet fellow chamber members over coffee and breakfast

The next meeting of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s networking event ChamberNet is 7:15-8:45 a.m. on June 12, at Brick House Pizza Bread & Bagel, 302 Washington St. in Brainerd.

ChamberNet is a lead-sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals.

Cost is $75 annually, but Brainerd Lakes Chamber members are invited to attend up to two meetings free. For more information, email Matt Perrine at or call him at 822-7107.

■ Business After Hours

set at Cuyuna Rolling Hills

The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce’s Business after Hours is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the newly remodeled Cuyuna Rolling Hills co-sponsored by the Deerwood Bank.

Business after Hours is a chamber function for area members of the business community and the public to network and build relationships. The event includes hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes.

For more information, contact Jessica Holmvig, executive director, at 218-546-8131.

The Dispatch welcomes business notes submissions via email to, or fax to 218-829-0211, mail to Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401 or use the drop-off box in the alley next to the Dispatch building on James Street. Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 855-5852.

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