Business Notes April 10

CAREER Hollister joins Kurilla Kurilla Real Estate announced Betsy Hollister joined the company, which specializes in lakeshore properties. Hollister has worked as a real estate agent for 11 years. Hollister's prior work experience includes being...

Betsy Hollister
Betsy Hollister


Hollister joins Kurilla

Kurilla Real Estate announced Betsy Hollister joined the company, which specializes in lakeshore properties.

Hollister has worked as a real estate agent for 11 years. Hollister's prior work experience includes being a local business owner, and working for Fortune 500 companies in the areas of advertising, marketing communications, and finance. Hollister, born and raised in the lakes area, is a fourth-generation resident of Nisswa.

Loken, Klein accept new NJPA positions


STAPLES-Jamie Loken and Jed Klein have new roles at the National Joint Powers Alliance in Staples.

Loken is the new director of information and communication technologies at NJPA. As a member of the NJPA Senior Leadership Team, Loken's primary responsibilities include leadership, management and organizational strategic oversight for all areas of information technology.

Prior to NJPA, Loken gained 20-plus years of information technology experience in the private sector working for startup, mid-sized and large scale global organizations. His passion is growing people, process and teams in organizations experiencing rapid growth and meeting the challenges of scaling the business to support the growth.

Klein was recently hired as a contract manager with an accomplished professional career as a manager of several successful direct store delivery businesses across the country. With more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, NJPA reported Klein provides a solid reputation for effective networking and problem solving.

Klein works with contracts awarded through a national, competitively solicited procurement process. He is responsible for the support and success of NJPA contracts. He also supports effective vendor/customer interaction by supporting customer calls, while working with vendors to ensure member satisfaction.

Lake Country Toyota earns president's award

BAXTER-Lake County Toyota, Baxter, will be presented with the prestigious President's Award from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

The award is presented annually to Toyota dealerships who've exhibited stellar work ethic.


The president's award pays homage to Toyota dealerships throughout the U.S. that achieve high standards of performance in all facets of the automotive dealer profession, including vehicle and parts sales, service and customer satisfaction. Toyota Motor Sales recognized dealers with the president's award since 1986.

Olander joins Lakewood Health System

STAPLES-Chelsey Olander, certified nurse practitioner, is the newest member of Lakewood Health System's medical provider staff.

Originally from Browerville, Olander completed her undergraduate work at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., and received her master's in nursing from St. Scholastica in Duluth. Olander is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

As a family practice provider, Olander has a special interest in hospital medicine. She will be working exclusively as a hospitalist in the inpatient area at Lakewood.

Faith in Action receives funding

PIERZ-Horizon Health's Faith in Action program, along with Cass County FIA and Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers, was awarded $68,434 for the year 2016 from Older Americans Act.

This grant covers transportation to and from doctors appointments, ramps and chores, homemaker services, counseling, support planning, in home respite, caregiver consulting and education such as Powerful Tools for Caregivers.


Kristine Hoheisel, Horizon Health's Independence Plus and Faith in Action director, states that in 2015 Horizon Health's Faith in Action served 718 people through their program providing rides to appointments, chore services, building ramps, providing education through their monthly Dine and Discover series or offering caregiving support.

In addition, approximately 33,000 miles were driven by their volunteers to furnish these essential services to members of our community.

Congress passed the Older Americans Act in 1965 in response to concern by policymakers about a lack of community social services for older persons. The original legislation established authority for grants to states for community planning and social services, research and development projects, and personnel training in the field of aging. The law also established the Administration on Aging to administer the newly created grant programs and to serve as the Federal focal point on matters concerning older persons.

Although older individuals may receive services under many other federal programs, today the Older Americans Act is considered to be the major vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services to this group and their caregivers. It authorizes a wide array of service programs through a national network of 56 State agencies on aging, 629 area agencies on aging, nearly 20,000 service providers, 244 tribal organizations, and two native Hawaiian organizations representing 400 tribes. The OAA also includes community service employment for low-income older Americans; training, research, and demonstration activities in the field of aging; and vulnerable elder rights protection activities.

For more information regarding Horizon Health's Faith in Action program or future Dine and Discover educational sessions, call Kristine at 320-468-6451.

Thiel joins Lakewood Health System

STAPLES-Dr. Chad Thiel, family and emergency medicine physician, is the newest member of Lakewood Health System's medical provider staff.

Originally from Rugby, N.D., Thiel completed his undergraduate work and received his degree from the University of North Dakota. He completed his residency at the University of North Dakota Center for Family Medicine. Thiel is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.


As a family and emergency medicine physician, Thiel enjoys providing a broad spectrum of care for all ages. He will be working exclusively in the Emergency Department at Lakewood.

Adventure Advertising adds senior director in new role

Adventure Advertising, a growing full-service marketing agency with offices in Minneapolis, St. Cloud and Brainerd, hired Shannon Davis as senior director of creative services.

In the newly created role, Davis will serve as a key member of Adventure's leadership team, managing the agency's creative resources, staff, culture and processes.

Davis brings a wealth of experience to Adventure, most recently serving as director of integrated production at Colle+McVoy. Her portfolio also includes successful stints at Olson, Hodder and Best Buy.

"Shannon will be a tremendous resource for Adventure's growing staff and client base," said agency principal Scott Mitchell in a news release. "Her vast experience managing creative teams and processes, along with her infectious personality, were exactly what we were looking for when we created this position. We couldn't be more excited to have her on board."

Davis will be based out of Adventure's Minneapolis office, but will also manage creative resources in the agency's St. Cloud and Brainerd offices.

Adventure Advertising added the Minnesota Zoo, Hatteras Yachts, Chamois Butt'r, Kinetic and, most recently, the North Dakota State College of Science, to its portfolio of clients that also includes the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation and Johnson Outdoors, among others.





Central MN Credit Union to host Friday Morning Coffee

LITTLE FALLS-The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests to Friday Morning Coffee from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday at Central Minnesota Credit Union, 35 E Broadway in Little Falls.

Announcements are at 8 a.m. Sponsoring this month is Central Minnesota Credit Union.

Business chat with Execs set Thursday

NISSWA-Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation's experienced business executives will be available to anyone having business questions.


Participants are invited to come in, grab a cup of coffee, and chat with the business executives.

Questions on all business subjects are welcomed and encouraged during this casual 'chat.'

The event is 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday at Adirondack Coffee, 25469 Main St., Nisswa, in the courtyard next to Rafferty's.

Tyrol Hill Shopping Center to host Business After Hours

Business After Hours, a networking event of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce is planned from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Tyrol Hill Shopping Mall in Brainerd.

Register at the Brainerd chamber office and visit each sponsor for treats and prizes for the combination networking event and open house.

The event includes six organizations: Brainerd Ace Hardware, Lakes Area Restorative Justice, Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development, Bridges Career Academies & Workplace Connection, Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Lakeland Public Television.

Lakeland will have a meet and greet with Lakeland News Director Dennis Weimann. The event includes cheesecake from the Black Bear Lodge & Saloon, and prizes, including a chance to win tickets to see Celtic Fire April 28th at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. Representatives from the board of directors and community advisory council will be on hand to answer questions

The event is free, but participants are asked to pre-register. Go to for more information.

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More business notes may be part of the Business Extra section in Monday's edition.

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