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Business Notes - Aug. 13

Joe Nayquonabe Jr. 1 / 41
Dr. Roger Macy2 / 41
Lynn Pender3 / 41
Dr. Sara Lokstad4 / 41
Mary McMillan5 / 41
Jackie Tappe6 / 41
Dr. Scott Wheeler7 / 41
Karen Goetzfridt-Gidney8 / 41
Dr. Emily Day9 / 41
Dr Kelli Leland10 / 41
Bob Backes11 / 41
Dr. Kathy Wimmer12 / 41
Dr Vanessa Menghini13 / 41
Dr. Michael Rich14 / 41
Dr Julie Olson.15 / 41
Laura Beilke16 / 41
Kassandra Nelson17 / 41
Ashley Seitzer18 / 41
Kim Erickson 19 / 41
Tad Schoeppner20 / 41
Dr. Joseph Dudding21 / 41
Taylor Swanson22 / 41
Dr. Pamela Rice23 / 41
Philip Ready24 / 41
Christina Thell25 / 41
Stacy Weldon26 / 41
Dianna Boyer27 / 41
Dr. Laura Fier 28 / 41
Daryl Doucette29 / 41
Dr Kristi Gebhardt30 / 41
Dr Laura Joque31 / 41
Dr Patricia Westerberg32 / 41
Shelly Beseman33 / 41
Sam Blum34 / 41
Dr. Shalon Rothstein35 / 41
Julie Schulke36 / 41
Gordon McArthur37 / 41
Dr Jennifer Mahling-Stadum38 / 41
Dr. Kaitlyn Schoeck 39 / 41
Jessica Nybakken40 / 41
Dr Stephen Hanske41 / 41

Nayquonabe joins foundation's board of trustees

LITTLE FALLS—Joe Nayquonabe Jr., Onamia, was appointed to the Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees.

The Initiative Foundation provides business financing and technical assistance, awards nonprofit grants, hosts Partner Funds and leads a variety of leadership programs that enable citizens to build stronger communities.

As chief executive officer and chair of the board of directors for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, Nayquonabe is credited with diversifying the Mille Lacs Band's holdings. While keeping Grand Casino at the forefront, Nayquonabe and his team expanded the band's business portfolio to include four business lines: gaming, marketing, local businesses (within the Districts of the Mille Lacs Band Reservation) and hospitality. The hospitality venture includes the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront, DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Saint Paul and DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place. Revenue from the band's non-gaming businesses has climbed from $8 million to more than $100 million under Nayquonabe's supervision.

In addition to his work on behalf of the band, Nayquonabe serves on the National Diversity Advisory Board for the University of Minnesota, the American Indian Advisory Board for St. Cloud State University, the American Red Cross Minneapolis Region and Friends of Como Zoo.

Nayquonabe has a bachelor's degree in marketing from St. Cloud State University, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and a master's degree in tribal administration and governance from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Schilling is August employee of the month

LITTLE FALLS—The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced its August Employee of the Month is Jim Schilling, Andy's Charter Service.

Schilling has been a Charter Bus Driver for Andy's Charter Service for the past 25 years.

Andy Galston stated Schilling's positive attitude is contagious. Schilling gets involved with the activities of the trip, always finding a Dairy Queen along the way, even if it's not on the itinerary. Schilling said he was humbled by the recognition.

CRMC honors McMillian for service

CROSBY—Laboratory Director Mary McMillan was recently honored for providing 35 years of service at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.

Patients rank Essentia Health staff among top in nation

Each year, Essentia Health contracts with Professional Research Consultants to randomly survey patients about their experiences in its hospitals and clinics.

The consultants use results from these surveys to rank Essentia physicians, staff and facilities within its national database of about 400 health care organizations.

Recently PRC announced, that based on benchmark feedback from hundreds of organizations across the county, 19 physicians and advanced practice clinicians at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center and Clinics are among the top 10 percent in the nation, and 12 physicians and advanced practice clinicians are among the top 25 percent in the nation for delivering an excellent patient experience, Essentia Health reported.

Entire care teams recognized for care among the top 10 percent in the nation at Essentia Health—St. Joseph's Medical Center include the Marilyn Covey Heart & Vascular Center, Lakeland Psychiatry Clinic, and Medical/Surgical Recovery on the second floor.

Additionally, St. Joseph's Medical Center won a Platinum Achievement Award for "Improving the Quality of Care in the Emergency Department." St. Joseph's was one of nine Platinum-level awardees among 70 Achievement Awards applicants nationwide.

Those recognized as Five-Star Award recipients for providing service that is in the Top 10 percent nationally are: Dr. Emily Day, Family Practice at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Baxter Clinic; Dr. Kristi Gebhardt, Internal Medicine at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Dr. Stephen Hanske, Internal Medicine at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Dr. Laura Joque, Cancer Center at Essentia Health—St. Joseph's Medical Center; Dr. Kelli Leland, Family Practice at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Pierz Clinic; Dr. Sara Lokstad, Family Practice at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Crosslake and Emily Clinics; Dr. Roger Macy, Family Practice at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Dr. Jennifer Mahling-Stadum, Family Practice at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Dr. Vanessa Menghini, Internal Medicine at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Nurse Practitioner Kassandra Nelson, Family Practice at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Pillager Clinic; Nurse Practitioner Jessica Nybakken, Cancer Center at the Essentia Health—St. Joseph's Medical Center; Dr. Julie Olson, Internal Medicine at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Lynn Pender, registered nurse, Diabetes Education at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Dr. Pamela Rice — OB/GYN at the Essentia Health—Baxter Specialty Clinic; Dr. Michael Rich, Marilyn Covey, Heart & Vascular Center at Essentia Health—St. Joseph's Medical Center; Nurse Practitioner Christina Thell, General Surgery at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Dr. Patricia Westerberg, OB/GYN at the at the Essentia Health—Baxter Specialty Clinic; Dr. Scott Wheeler, Urology at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Dr. Kathy Wimmer, Family Medicine at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Pillager Clinic.

Those recognizes as Four-Star Award recipients for providing service that is in the Top 25 percent nationally are: Dr. Greg Davis, Pulmonology at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Nurse Practitioner Deanne Ehlert, Internal Medicine at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Nurse Practitioner Melissa Erickson, Podiatry at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Dr. James Freeman, Internal Medicine at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Nurse Practitioner Leah Lempola, Endocrinology at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Dr. Thomas Moraghan, Endocrinology at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Registered Dietitian Michelle Pelkey, Diabetes Education at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Dr. Alicia Prahm, OB /GYN at the Essentia Health—Baxter Specialty Clinic; Nurse Specialist Barb Risnes, Diabetes Education at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Brainerd Clinic; Nurse Practitioner Naomi Roepke, Family Practice at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Crosslake Clinic; Dr. Dean Smith, Pediatrics at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's—Baxter Clinic.

CRMC names Weldon chief nursing officer

CROSBY—Stacy Weldon of Princeton is Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's new chief nursing officer.

A member of CRMC's Senior Leadership Team, she plans, organizes and provides leadership over the daily operations of professional nursing and support staff engaged in direct patient care. Weldon is responsible for strategic planning, patient satisfaction and operations management of the medical/surgical unit, intensive care unit, obstetrics, emergency department, respiratory therapy, ambulance, inpatient pharmacy, quality and care transitions, wound care, cancer care center, home care and hospice and the simulation center.

She comes to CRMC from Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis where she was director of patient care the past two years and patient care manager another two years. Weldon also worked at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids as patient care manager for two years and as a registered nurse in its intensive care unit for five years.

A certified critical care RN, Weldon has a master's degree in nursing leadership and bachelor's degree in nursing from Bethel University in Arden Hills. She also earned Nurse Executive Certification, Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification, and underwent LEAN Training.

She replaces Renee Steffen who moved to Alaska.

WSN earns merit award

Widseth Smith Nolting was recently recognized in a nationwide marketing competition hosted by SMPS, the Society for Marketing Professional Services.

SMPS is a community of over 6,800 marketing and business development professionals whose goal is to build business relationships and honor excellence in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction. Widseth Smith Nolting was recognized at recent conference with a Merit Award in the Video-Client Pursuit category for its submission, "The Dirt Pile Series." This six-part video series followed construction of the Mills Fleet Farm in Hermantown, highlighting project stages from site surveying and drainage concerns to interior finishes and opening day excitement. The series also celebrated the 35-year relationship between Mills Fleet Farm and WSN.

Lakewood Pines hosts open house

STAPLES—The public is invited to an open house 1-4 p.m. Aug. 22 for the newly renovated Suite Time Away Respite Suites at Lakewood Pines, 1702 Airport Road NW, Staples.

Attendees are asked to use the south entrance, near the garages. During the open house, attendees can meet staff, learn more about the suites, take a tour, and have refreshments.

Renovations on the respite suite were recently completed thanks to donations through Lakewood's Foundation. The suite offers temporary, short-term relief for those caring for a loved one. During their stay, the loved one is cared for by trained medical staff, which allows the caregiver to recharge and take a break. The suite is available for those 55 and older, and provides varying levels of care and assistance.

Beseman joins CRMC Pain Management Center

Certified Physician Assistant Shelly Beseman of Crosby has joined Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's Pain Management Center.

Beseman is working alongside Board Certified Pain Specialist and Anesthesiologist Dr. Joshua Horowitz to address chronic pain. A member of CRMC's staff since 2012, Beseman moved from CRMC's Longville Clinic where she practiced family medicine the past five years. A Crosby native, Beseman also served for 20 years in the United States Army. She earned her master and bachelor of science degrees in physician assistant studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Essentia Health offers dietician services with telehealth

Essentia Health clinics in Baxter, Crosslake, Hackensack, Pequot Lakes and Pine River are offering telehealth appointments for medical nutrition therapy for obesity, diabetes, renal disease, food allergies, and lipid/cholesterol control.

Telehealth is the use of technology, including video conferencing and online media communications, to support long-distance health care. Thanks to high-resolution cameras, microphones and a secure network connection, the registered dietitian and patient can talk with each other as if they were in the same room. This technology allows patients to get care in their communities and avoid lengthy trips to out-of-town specialists.

Individuals are encouraged to check with their insurance plan to ensure it provides coverage for registered dietitian services. If so, telehealth services are covered just like any other office visit.

A referral is required from a primary care provider.

McArthur gains promotion to nursing director

Gordon McArthur, BSN, of Breezy Point was recently promoted to nursing director at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby where he oversees the medical/surgical, oncology, wound care and obstetrics departments. He had served as CRMC's medical/surgical nurse manager since May 2015.

McArthur has more than 27 years of experience including positions at Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis for 16 years. He has positions as patient care manager in Abbott's Neuroscience Unit, assistant nurse manager in the MedSurg Neuro Intensive Care Unit, and as a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. McArthur also worked as a nurse in Anchorage, Alaska, and Ontario, Canada.

McArthur has a bachelor's degree in nursing from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and is working toward a master's degree in nursing at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. He also has a graduate certificate in organization leadership from Saint Catherine University in St. Paul.

Tappe joins CRMC as corporate controller

Jackie Tappe of Pequot Lakes, a Certified Public Accountant with 29 years experience in finance, joined the staff of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center as corporate controller.

Most recently, Tappe was director of finance for St. Cloud Medical Group. She also had positions with Intermedia Outdoors Inc., In-Fisherman in Brainerd, LarsonAllen Technology Solutions in Brainerd, and Whitebirch Inc., in Breezy Point.

Tappe earned bachelor of science degrees in accounting and business administration at Bemidji State University where she was a member of the Dean's List and recipient of the President's Citation. She is also a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist.

In her new position, Tappe assists the chief financial officer in the analysis of financial data for decision making purposes. She is responsible for all month-end closing processes as well as the compilation of unaudited monthly financial statements and assists with an annual financial audit.

Business After Hours set Sept. 28

Join the Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation as it hosts Cuyuna Lakes Chamber's Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Cuyuna Range Elementary School, 509 Sixth Ave. N.E. in Crosby.

At the event, students will showcase and demonstrate how CRES has integrated STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) into students' daily learning to prepare them for future careers. Some items that will be shown include 3-D printing, using Arduinos and robots for coding, experimentation with the magnetic wall, the development of the CRES rocketry club, and more.

Scott Skinner, food service director, has selected an array of Minnesota-grown and locally produced items. Also, the latest trend in non-alcoholic drinks, sparkling fruit "scrubs," will be available along with a variety of herbal teas. As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is recommended. For more information, call the chamber office at 218-546-8131 or emailjessica@cuyunalakes.com.

GrowthZone ranks in the Top 5

GrowthZone AMS announced it was ranked in the Top 5 in the 2017 Reviewers' Choice for

Membership Software by Software Advice.

Their management software for member-based organizations was among the top selections for overall performance, ease of use, and customer service. Reviewers' Choice is based on the scores given on the Gartner Digital Markets websites (Software Advice,

Capterra, and GetApp) by GrowthZone's actual current customers. The placement categorizes the product as a "people's favorite." GrowthZone had a score of 4.5/5 across 63 reviews. GrowthZone is headquartered in Nisswa.

Aitkin hospital achieves Baby-Friendly designation

Riverwood Healthcare Center has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility from Baby-Friendly USA.

Lactation support is available during prenatal care, hospitalization and postpartum (after delivery) with certified lactation consultants at all three Riverwood clinics in Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor. Riverwood's obstetrics staff partners with Aitkin County Health and Human Services to offer breastfeeding assistance to patients after hospital discharge as needed, and works closely with the Northland Breastfeeding Coalition as well.

At Riverwood, mothers and infants are encouraged to "room in" or remain together 24 hours a day while hospitalized to facilitate skin-to-skin contact. This close contact helps the mother pick up cues from the baby on when to breastfeed and stimulates milk production.

Evidence shows that breastfeeding is one the most important things a mother can do for her newborn and herself. Research proves that children who are breastfed have lower risk of disease and overall improved health outcomes. Women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Those who deliver in a Baby-Friendly hospital also feel more confident in caring for their babies and develop a stronger bond with their babies whether breastfeeding or not.

There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Riverwood is among 11 Baby-Friendly hospitals in Minnesota. Currently, there are 445 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States.

The "Baby-Friendly" designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as demonstrated by quality processes.

Divine Home Care to host Friday Morning Coffee

LITTLE FALLS—The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members,

employees and guests for Friday Morning Coffee from 7:30-9 a.m., Friday, to the Chamber of Commerce, 200 First St. NW in Little Falls

Announcements are at 8 a.m. Sponsoring this month is Divine Home Care.

Operation Round-Up distributes donations

Since Operation Round-Up's inception in late 1996, more than $3.2 million has been donated to

community projects and programs in Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties.

Operation Round-Up is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. The additional change is pooled and distributed quarterly.

During their quarterly meeting held in August, the Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board

donated $51,700 to local community programs. Operation Round-Up funds were distributed to

the following projects: $500 to Crosslake Quilters; $500 to Pine Center Quilters; $500 to Knitted Knockers of Mn., Brainerd; $3,000 to Community Care & Share, Emily; $3,000 to Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Kids-Pack- To-Go Backpack Program, Crow Wing County; $2,000 to Camp Knutson, Crosslake; $3,000 to Breath of Life Adult Day Service, Brainerd; $3,000 to American Red Cross, Serving Northern Minnesota.; $2,500 to Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity, Brainerd; $1,000 to CARE Back to School Fair, Staples; $3,000 to Youth Investment, Timber Bay, Brainerd; $3,000 to The Brainerd/Baxter Youth Center; $3,000 to Pine River/Backus Family Center; $3,000 to Northland Area Family Service Center, Remer; $700 to American Red Cross Blood Drive, Brainerd; $12,000 to Junior Achievement, Brainerd (one time impact grant); $5,000 to The Salvation Army, Brainerd; and $3,000 to Private Cooperative Member Crisis Medical Support.

The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Oct. 26. Grant forms can be obtained by

calling Crow Wing Power at 218-829-2827 or 800-648-9401 or at www.cwpower.com. The

deadline for grant applications is Oct. 10, 2017.

Ready passes exam toward licensure

Philip Ready recently passed his Electrical & Computer Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam, which brings him one step closer to licensure. He received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University.

Ready has worked in WSN's Baxter office for more than a year and will continue to design electrical systems, produce construction documents, and coordinate plans with other engineering disciplines. He will also continue to work toward his professional engineering license.

Schoeck joins Lakewood Health System

STAPLES—Dr. Kaitlyn Schoeck, family medicine physician, joins Lakewood Health System's medical staff.

Originally from International Falls, Schoeck completed her undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota — Duluth, and received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota. Her residency was done at the U of M - St. John's Hospital Family Medicine Residency. Schoeck is a member of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Schoeck will be seeing patients at Lakewood's Pillager and Staples clinics.

Helland earns recognition of outstanding business performance

Mary Kay Independent Sales Director Leslie Helland, Baxter, earned the use of a new Chevy Cruze as a result of her outstanding achievements in her Mary Kay business.

Helland will take delivery of the new Chevy Cruze, her third Mary Kay Career Career Car, at a local dealership. Mary Kay independent sales force members earn the use of a Career Car by meeting or exceeding goals set within their Mary Kay businesses.

Since the Mary Kay Career Car Program's inception in 1969, more than 157,000 independent sales force members have qualified or re-qualified to earn the use of a Mary Kay Career Car. Currently there are more than 5,000, Mary Kay Career Cars are on the road nationwide.

CenterPoint Energy awards grant to Baxter

CenterPoint Energy's Community Partnership Grant Program awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects.

The company recently awarded the City of Baxter a $550 grant for medical bags with medical supply equipment that will be used to serve the community.

"Over the past 14 years, CenterPoint Energy has contributed $1.5 million toward safety initiatives in our communities," said Jean Krause, Community Relations Director for CenterPoint Energy. "These grants help us stay connected with our emergency officials and aid them in keeping our neighbors and communities safe."

Fier begins work as hospitalist

CROSBY—Dr. Laura Fier will began working as a hospitalist at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby Aug. 1.

She will focus on the general medical care of hospitalized patients.

The physician is moving to the Brainerd lakes area from Columbia Heights. She recently completed an internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of Minnesota. Fier earned her medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School and bachelor's degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The physician has served in several volunteer positions including organizing a medical career exploration program for high school minorities, being a research assistant testing for and studying the prevalence of Hepatitis B in a Loa Community, as a community outreach assistant for colonoscopies for the underserved and uninsured, a pharmacy assistant at a health clinic, recreation assistant at a care center and water ski instructor for the disabled.

A member of the American Medical Association, Minnesota Medical Association and Twin Cities Medical Society, Fier has also presented academic posters.

Loveitt begins advanced training

Dr. Andrew Loveitt, D.O., will begin his post graduate advanced surgical training Aug. 1 at the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery located at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby and Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin.

Loveitt, originally from Gorham, Maine, is the 11th surgeon to be accepted for the one-year Fellowship training program at MIMIS. He earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, and his Bachelor of Science degree at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Penn. Loveitt recently completed a general surgery residency at Rowan University in Stratford, N.J.

The surgeon has won numerous academic awards, published several papers and served as a teaching assistant. MIMIS is one of 140 Fellowship programs accredited by the Fellowship Council in the United States and Canada. MIMIS remains the only Fellowship program in the United States and Canada to achieve accreditation in three specialties: minimally invasive surgery, bariatric surgery and flexible endoscopy.

Rothstein joins Midwest Family Eye Center

Dr. Shalon Rothstein comes to us as a new graduate of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn., graduating Summa Cum Laude in May 2017.

She is a native of Albany, Minnesota, where she graduated high school in 2009. In 2013 she received her bachelors of science in Biomedical Sciences from St. Cloud State University.

Throughout the course of her education, Dr. Rothstein has received the following clinical training: Primary eye care, cornea and contact lens care, ocular disease, pediatrics and vision therapy, and low vision rehabilitation at Southern College of Optometry.

Ocular disease, primary eye care, geriatric care, and postoperative management at the Daytona Beach Veterans Administration in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Ocular surface disease and dry eye management, primary eye care, ocular disease, and postoperative management at Minnesota Eye Consultants.

Rothstein is certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and is licensed in the state of Minnesota. She is joining Dr. Jackie McCall and currently accepting patients at Midwest Family Eye Center.

LAHRA welcomes board of directors

The Lakes Area Human Resource Association welcome its board members

Established in 1999, the group of human resource professionals from Brainerd and the surrounding area are committed to promoting professional development, networking for constructive ideas and providing members with the awareness of political activities that affect the human resource profession. The group is a Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Officers are: Past President Daryl Doucette is currently serving as Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union's Vice President of Human Resources and is serving LAHRA as its past president for 2017. Doucette's responsibilities with LAHRA will be to advise the president and other officers and members regarding past practices, general operations, and other matters to assist in the smooth running of the organization. He will also focus on new member orientation, SHRM certification and this year's spring conference. Doucette has a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in change management and a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in human resource management. He has been supporting organizations in a human resources role for over 20 years.

President Ashley Seitzer, of Goldleaf Partners, will serve as the president-elect. Seitzer is a project coordinator for Goldleaf Partners in Baxter. She has worked in the HR industry as a recruiter, generalist and director and has been part of LAHRA for the past five years, serving previously on the board as the secretary.

President-elect Robert J. Backes, East Pointe Consulting/executive vice president,

Source2. Backes has had senior human resources positions for 30 plus years and has created

and evolved HR programs, policies, and practices for rapidly growing companies.He represents Source2 Talent Acquisition Solutions and also performs human resources consulting

assignments and projects.

Laura Beilke is the current LAHRA program director, with the responsibility of scheduling speakers for LAHRA's monthly meetings. Beilke is owner of Central Lakes Drug Testing and USA Mobile Drug Testing of NW Minneapolis, along with her husband Loren. Her business background also includes over 30 years of administration, and over 10 years in

the nonprofit sector. Her educational background is a bachelor's degree. from University of Minnesota in speech communications, and a minor as a paralegal.

Julie Schulke joined LAHRA one year ago and is taking on the role of membership director. She is in her 13th year with C.H. Robinson, based in Eden Prairie, and currently works as a principal HR business partner. She has over 25 years of experience in the HR arena. In addition, she

will lead the SHRM Certification review program this fall.

Tad Schoeppner currently oversees business development over Northern Minnesota/North Dakota for Doherty Staffing Solutions. He has been with Doherty Staffing for the last

10 years, assisting employers with customized hiring and recruiting plans. Tad has also

served as the program director for LAHRA and hospitality director for CMSHRM. He has a bachelor's of science in mass communication from the University of South Dakota.

Kim Erickson is the assistant vice president at American National Bank of Minnesota in Pequot Lakes and will serve as the treasurer for 2017-18. Erickson has 16 years of experience in management and finance. Erickson has been a member of LAHRA for 13 years and served as the treasurer in 2013-14.

Sam Blum is a local business owner who has been a member of LAHRA since 2014. He is actively involved in the business community through the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and the greater community through several volunteer positions. He has a bachelor's degree in political science and economics and has held senior level positions in sales, marketing and operations.

Lakewood board members earn trustee certification

STAPLES—Ten hospital trustees from across Minnesota, including Robert Mueller, Sally Grove and Linda Dietrich from Lakewood Health System, were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association's trustee certification program.

The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

By participating in MHA's voluntary certification program, hospital trustees receive training on current health care trends, governance best practices, ethics, government regulations, patient safety and quality. Participants undergo 35 hours of coursework, making Minnesota's initiative the most comprehensive in the nation.

Goetzfridt-Gidney joins Big Stone Therapies

Karen Goetzfridt-Gidney, occupational therapist, joined Big Stone Therapies staff in Aitkin and Baxter.

She received a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.

Big Stone Therapies is dedicated to providing excellence in rehabilitation services by optimizing health and function for families and businesses within their communities through caring, hands-on healing.

Swanson Joins Great River Eye Clinic

CROSBY—Taylor Swanson, an optometrist, joined Great River Eye Clinic.

Swanson received his doctorate of optometry degree from Pacific University College of

Optometry in Oregon and completed his undergraduate studies at North Dakota State University.

Deerwood Technologies receives certification

Deerwood Technologies recently completed the Veteran Institute Procurement GROW

Program, a comprehensive training and certification program that helps veteran-owned

businesses strengthen their ability to win government contracts and do business with both

military and civilian agencies they once served in uniform.

In June, Deerwood Technologies was one of 49 businesses from 15 states and the

District of Columbia to graduate from the Veteran Institute for Procurement GROW

Program.

Jim Mayne, owner at Deerwood Technologies, completed the VIP Start program in April 2016. Mayne served in the U.S. Navy in Pensacola, Fla., from 1976-1980, after which he worked for

major financial institutions in Minneapolis before establishing Deerwood

Technologies in 2006. He also enlisted briefly as a Navy Reservist with the Naval Intelligence

Processing System Support Activity from 1986-1988.

The first program of its kind in the nation, VIP GROW is conducted by specialists in the

essentials necessary to win government contracts: law, accounting, insurance, human

resources, marketing, and proposals. It also provides participants with access to Federal and

prime contracting executives along with a national network of veteran owned small businesses

that they can team with on opportunities.

Since its launch in 2009, VIP GROW has helped 727 service-disabled and veteran-owned small

businesses grow. This three-day, 27-hour comprehensive certification program has volunteer

instructors and is provided at no cost to participants; being fully funded by the Montgomery

County Chamber Community Foundation, partners, and VIP sponsors

Boyer joins Mid-Minnesota as Pequot Lakes Branch manager

Dianna Boyer recently joined Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union as Pequot Lakes Branch Manager.

Boyer has over 25 years of credit union experience to our community having worked in a variety of positions in the financial industry including, teller, mortgage supervisor and business development director.

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