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Business Notes Dec. 7

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Thurmes joins heart center

Dr. Michael Thurmes, an interventional cardiologist, joined the Brainerd Lakes Heart & Vascular Center at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.

As an interventional cardiologist, Thurmes diagnoses and treats heart disease with procedures that use tiny catheters and state-of-the art imaging. He identifies and fixes blocked arteries in the heart by using balloons and stents.

Thurmes joins the physician team of interventional cardiologist Dr. Mark Johnson and cardiologist Dr. Michael Rich at the Heart & Vascular Center. All three are employed by CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center and provide care in Brainerd full time.

Thurmes has 22 years of experience in heart care, and most recently practiced at Regions Hospital Heart Center in St. Paul.

"I was drawn to cardiology because it is an interesting and rapidly changing field that can make dramatic improvements in my patients' lives," Thurmes said in a news release.

Thurmes earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, a fellowship in cardiology at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Ill., and a fellowship in invasive cardiology at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. He is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in internal medicine,

cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Michael


Ruttger's chef wins award

Ruttger's recently congratulated its pastry chef, Sam Shaw winning "Best Dessert" at the

26th Annual Kinship Partners Taste Of The Lakes event at Grand View Lodge Resort on Nov. 21. Sam's layered 'Tiramisu Eruption' impressed the Le Cordon Bleu judges and earned him top honors.

Shaw was born and raised in Minneapolis and began cooking at 13. He studied pastry under the Roux Brothers, France, and at the Culinary Institute of America. He has 29 years of experience in all areas of the kitchen and became head pastry chef at the Radisson Plaza

Hotel in Minneapolis when he was 19. Before becoming the pastry chef at Ruttger's, he was the pastry chef at Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge on Lake Minnetonka for 11 years. Shaw has had the opportunity over the years to cook for famous people such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Julia Child, and Michael Jordan.



Northern Sales and Manufacturing manager receives plaque

Northern Sales and Manufacturing started operations in June of 2014 at its Pine River site. It is an expansion of its Montevideo location. The manager, Jesse Drexler, was recently presented with a plaque of congratulations from the Cass County Economic Development Corporation.

This business manufactures RV Custom Ice Castle Fish Houses at this satellite location. It also sells and accessorizes existing units in Pine River. Ice Castle Fish houses are available with satellite TV and Bay Windows. The fish houses have retractable wheels for year-round use. Products at the Pine River site include fish houses - small to large - dog kennels, RVs and sheds.

The business is located just south of Pine River on Highway 371, next to Houston Ford and is owned by Jeff Drexler and Dave Handeland. Contact Jesse Drexler at 587-5400 for more information or to talk to sales manager Mark Harmon.




Grand View Lodge named Minnesota's Best Golf Hotel

Grand View Lodge was recently named Minnesota's Best Golf Hotel by the World Golf Awards. These Awards are a part of the World Travel Awards that are currently celebrating its 21st anniversary as "the Oscars of the travel industry." World Golf Awards serve to celebrate and reward excellence in the golf hospitality industry. Also named in the ceremony was Hazeltine National Golf Club, awarded Minnesota's Best Golf Course.

Chris Frost, Managing Director, World Golf Awards, said: " We made the decision to launch World Golf Awards in reaction to overwhelming demand from the golf industry for a program that was fair and transparent." The Award ceremony was held in Portugal on November 15th 2014 and hosted by Conrad Algarve, a pronounced hotel known for its unique style and luxurious feel. Senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals within the golf travel and tourism industry voted on awards.

"It's a complete honor to be recognized internationally as one of the best golf hotels in the United States," said Nathan Erickson, Preserve Golf Course Head Pro. "This just shows how all of our reinvestment into Grand View Lodge's property over the last four years is starting to be recognized worldwide." The Preserve, which is currently under a 1 million dollar renovation, is one of the most anticipated golf course openings of the 2015 season.

Grand View Lodge's year-round offerings include the Glacial Waters Spa, wine tastings and culinary events, three dining venues, extensive kids programs and deluxe cabins. In the winter there's dog sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. In the summer, the resort fills with guests taking advantage of the property's two championship golf courses (named as one of the top 125 Golf Resorts in Condé Nast Traveler's 2011 Reader's Poll), water activities on Gull and Roy lakes and seven dining venues. Grand View Lodge is equipped with the impressive Gull Lake Center with meeting rooms for all sizes as well as a Grand Ballroom, serving as a backdrop for weddings and special events.

To keep up with Grand View Lodge's latest news, events and special promotions interested persons may visit the resort on Facebook. For additional resort information and to find out about vacation and golf packages, or meetings, events, and weddings visit or call 1-866-801-2951.

Grand View Lodge is a family, golf and spa resort located on Gull Lake in the Brainerd lakes area. Since 1916, Grand View Lodge has provided guests vacation experiences with a wide variety of restaurants, seasonal activities and lodging options. Owned and operated by the Cote family, Grand View Lodge has Grand View Lodge has provided guests with relaxing vacation experiences for more than 90 years. Its roots grow deep in the history of the Brainerd Lakes area. Selected in 1979 for the National Registry of Historic Places. Grand View Lodge's Main Lodge offers one of the most well-preserved examples of early resort log construction in existence today. For more information, please visit

Essentia Health ranks high on lowering blood pressure

For the past two years, Essentia Health patients have been fighting a battle to curb high blood pressure through a national program called Measure Up/Pressure Down. And now, those efforts are paying off. The American Medical Group Association has ranked Essentia Health in the 90-percentile for health care systems who have lowered patient blood pressure.

"We challenged our healthcare providers to raise the bar on high blood pressure treatment and control with a first-of-its-kind campaign," Donald W. Fisher, chief executive officer of the American Medical Group Association, said. "Our initial data confirm that we are making a dramatic difference in the health and well-being of our patients with high blood pressure less than two years into our effort."

The campaign urges health systems to achieve a specific goal by 2016 - 80 percent of high blood pressure patients have their condition under control. System-wide this fall, Essentia Health not only met that goal, it exceeded it. Essentia Health scored better than 90 percent of the 84 medical groups reporting results.

"Essentia Health works with all of our team members on competencies such as proper blood pressure measurement and follow-up care," Cindy Ferrara, manager in quality improvement, said "We also focus on our patients' lifestyle choices, and work on modifications such as weight loss and tobacco cessation, both of which can lower blood pressure."

Complications from high blood pressure contribute to about 1,000 deaths each day in the United States.

"We have a higher prevalence of patients with high blood pressure in this area, so it's very important for us to provide the best possible care," Ferrara said.

To learn more about the "Measure Up/Pressure Down" campaign interested persons may follow this link




Patients donate turkeys to community

The patients of HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab recently provided 22 turkeys to area charities.

On Nov. 24, HealthSource Chiropractic provided its patients with free 10-pound turkeys from Schafer Foods in Nisswa. The patients had an option to keep the turkeys for themselves or donate them. Out of the 79 turkeys HealthSource gave out 22 were donated back to the community.

The turkeys were donated to the Shop and the Salvation Army. The Shop is a community center for teens and young adults. Its mission is to nurture youths to improve overall wellness and develop assets to support healthy life transitions. The Shop is regularly looking for role models in the community to come share a meal and give positive thoughts and influence to youths. It's located 723 Washington St. in Brainerd. Interested persons may also contact the Shop at 454-0009.

HealthSource Chiropractic also donated turkeys to the Salvation Army. Rarely does the Salvation Army receive meat due to regulations, and it typically has to use cash donations to provide meat products at the food shelf. To learn more about the requirements of donating meat products to the Salvation Army contact officials at the donation center at 208 S. Fifth St. Brainerd, or at 829-1120. Officials at the Shop, the Salvation Army and at HealthSource thanked the patients for their generosity

Brainerd area chiropractor collecting toys

Telic Family Chiropractic and Missy's Toy Library are accepting toy donations this Christmas season. Anyone who brings in a toy which is new or "gently used" and has an educational value qualifies for a complete chiropractic consultation and examination, including full spine x-rays and computerized nerve scans (normally $300).

The offer ends Dec. 24. Interested persons may call 828-4166 to make an appointment.

Telic Family Chiropractic is located at 19157 Soder Road in rural Brainerd. All toys go to Missy's Toy Library. Interested persons may go to and click on toy drive to learn more.

Josh's Place donates to stables

Melanie Fountaine, co-founder, and Sarah Stein, designated manager, both of Josh's Place, announced a $425 donation to Jack Pine Stables in Walker. In keeping with a key company program - Josh's Place Gives Back - Josh's Place donated $1 to Jack Pine Stables for each new "like" of Josh's Place facebook page from Oct. 17 to Dec. 1, 2014. And, for each new "like" after the first 100, Josh's Place donated $2 to Jack Pine Stables.

"This partnership has already produced results above our hopes and expectations and we are thrilled that we are able to provide meaningful funds to Jack Pine Stables," Fountaine said.

Stein, who has extensive professional expertise in programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities, said "Organizations such as Jack Pine Stables create opportunities for fun, dynamic social lives and fulfilling ways to engage with people in the broader community."

"I really appreciate this generous initial gesture from Josh's Place," Kris Oppegaard, owner of Jack Pine Stables, said. "For years we have enjoyed every visit of the people who live at Josh's Place. We look forward to more visits and to all the great things that this partnership will create in the future."

About Jack Pine Stables: Grant and Kris Oppegaard, a PATH International Certified Instructor, own and operate Jack Pine Stables. This nonprofit organization specializes in therapeutic horsemanship and riding lessons for children and adults with special needs. Through the summer and early fall, they serve the Walker, Hackensack, Akeley, Park Rapids, Bemidji and Pine River areas. Jack Pine Stables is the only therapeutic riding center in NW Minnesota.

About Josh's Place: Fountaine and Melissa Danielsen founded Josh's Place in 2010. Named in honor of their brother Josh, who had developmental disabilities and who passed away in 2009, Josh's Place now serves many individuals in Minnesota. They, along with their three dozen employees, proudly fulfill their mission: Josh's Place honors the memory of Josh Robinson by providing safe, caring homes and services for individuals with disabilities.

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