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Dr. Matthew Gervais Copyright 2006 John Linn Dr. Matthew Gervais, Brainerd Medical Center, successfully achieved recertification by the American Board of Family Medicine, completing more than 300 hours of continuing medical education during the p...

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Dr. Matthew Gervais
Copyright 2006 John Linn

Dr. Matthew Gervais, Brainerd Medical Center, successfully achieved recertification by the American Board of Family Medicine, completing more than 300 hours of continuing medical education during the past six years and a one-day written examination covering disciplines of specialty including adult medicine; care of newborns, infants, children and adolescents; maternity and gynecological care; community medicine; care of the older patient; human behavior and mental health; and care of the surgical patient.
Gelbmann has been serving the Brainerd lakes community for more than 20 years as a BMC physician specializing in family practice.
The American Board of Family Medicine, one of 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is the largest medical specialty board in the United States, founded to establish and maintain the standards of excellence in the specialty of family medicine.
Pelphrey completes diving course

Dr. Matthew Gervais

Matt Pelphrey of Tower Real Estate recently received recognition for completing the Dive Master Training Course from the Minnesota School of Diving in Brainerd.
CRMC gains recognition
CROSBY - The Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby, was recently recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association for participation in an initiative to reduce pneumonia in high risk intensive care unit patients.
This initiative, called the Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Initiative, is part of a national program that sets standards for patient care and identified ways to reduce patient complications.
A team of CRMC physicians, nurses, anesthetists and respiratory therapists adopted these standards and found ways to implement them into daily practice. Staff was educated and the team has followed the progress of the initiative since 2005. Through the participation in this national project, CRMC ensures that the care delivered at the medical center meets national standards.
Regional council elects officers
Minnesota Public Radio announced the 2006-2007 Bemidji-Brainerd Regional Development Advisory Council slate of officers.
Brainerd area officers includes Vice-Chair Lisa Wigand of Brainerd. The remainder of the Regional Advisory Council members include Kari Christiansen and Yvonne Leiser of Brainerd.
Minnesota Public Radio's Bemidji-Brainerd Regional Development Advisory Council holds semi-annual meetings, which are open to the public. The dates and times are announced on local Minnesota Public Radio stations KBPR 90.7 FM and KBPN 88.3 FM.
Chamber board candidates presented
LITTLE FALLS - The Little Falls Chamber of Commerce Nominating Committee presented a slate of candidates for the four available seats on the board of directors for the January 2007-December 2009 term.
Candidates are: Jacki DeVine, DeVine Laser Skin Care Inc.; Gary Posch, Brandl Motors; Tom Scherling, Century 21/New Horizons Realty; Sandy Smith, Goldsmith Jewelers.
Additional nominations may be made to the ballot by a petition of 10 current members per nomination. Completed forms must be returned to the chamber by 5 p.m. Monday. All current members will receive a ballot on Oct. 23. The four nominees with the highest number of votes will be named directors at the November board meeting.
For more information, call Lorna Lange at (320) 632-5421 or Deb Boelz, chamber president/chief executive officer, at (320) 632-5155.
Brainerd Kiwanis Club gains recognition
The Brainerd Kiwanis Club was presented the Lt. Governor Home Club banner by the Minnesota-Dakotas Gov. Coralyn Dahl.

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Chris Kellett-Sawdey will serve as lieutenant governor and will lead 21 Kiwanis Clubs in central and northeastern Minnesota, from Buffalo to Ely during 2006-2007.
Brainerd Mobil helps BHS secure grant
Kelly Bevans, of Brainerd Mobil, and Willy Severson, Brainerd High School South Campus principal, worked together to secure a $500 grant from the ExxonMobil Education Alliance.
The grant was one of 4,000 available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobil stations.
Friday Morning Coffee planned in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS - The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Friday Morning Coffee an informal networking event for chamber members, their employees and guests from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, at the historic Cass Gilbert Depot, 200 First St. N.W.
Sponsoring this month is Larson Abstract Co. Inc.
Cass County Economic Development Corp. hosts annual meeting
Cass County Economic Development Corp. is hosting its third annual meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Northern Lights Casino and Event Center.
The event begins with a social hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by dinner. Keynote speaker, James Bensen, president-emeritus of Bemidji State University, will speak at 7 p.m. His address is titled: "The Re-invention of Rural Minnesota: Discovering a Quality of Place, Pursuing Prosperity and Claiming your Destiny."
The event is $20 per person. Seating is limited. For more information, call (218) 587-8287.
Seminar looks at how to expand a business
A business planning workshop - "Business Basics - How to Start or Expand a Business" - will be presented from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Backus City Hall.
This session will assist the potential business owner through the process of developing a new business project - from the initial business structure to the required government filings and financing. The seminar also will cover how to plan a business expansion, including new potential financing sources. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and locate other helpful resources.
The session is being presented jointly by the Cass County Economic Development Corp. and the Small Business Development Center at Central Lakes College.
Free follow-up counseling is available from the Cass County EDC. Pre-registration is requested. This seminar is offered at no cost courtesy of a grant from USDA. For information or registration, call (218) 587-8287.
Nonprofit financial program scheduled
A Northwoods Nonprofits educational program is planned Oct. 17 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the program is 9-11 a.m.
The event expects to explore strategies for using data to leverage support from funders, identify practical ideas for communications, discover how to use information internally and externally for accountability and learn how to develop understandable reports that support mission, programs and goals.
Presenter is Kate Barr, Nonprofits Assistance Fund. Cost is $39 for staff and $29 for additional staff members, and $15 for volunteers and board members.
For more information, go online to www2.uwsuper.edu/nwnp/eduprogs_financials.htm.
Crow Wing Power announces award
Crow Wing Power is seeking applications for the third annual Touchstone Energy Community Award, which recognizes individuals, businesses, nonprofit and community groups that have shown a strong commitment to the community.
Anyone who has helped made the area a better place to live and work is eligible for the award. Organizations or individuals do not have to be a member of the cooperative, but must have served a community need within the service boundaries of Crow Wing Power in Cass, Crow Wing or Morrison counties. The recognition comes with a $250 cash prize to be donated to a community service project of choice.
Community members may nominate an individual, group, association or business by completing an application form, available at Crow Wing Power or online at www.cwpower.com .
The application will require a description of the project, program or event and the positive impact it brought to the community. Completed applications must be received at Crow Wing Power's office by Nov. 3.
Last year the Service Learning Center, Brainerd, received one award as an organization and Dee Severson, Merrifield, received an award as an individual showing a strong commitment to community.
This year's award recipient will be announced in early November and will contend for the statewide Touchstone Energy Community Award, which has a cash prize of $1,000.

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