Business Notes April 17

CAREER Sutton joins Hair & Beyond Chelsea "Cha-Cha" Sutton, stylist, joined Hair & Beyond in Brainerd. Sutton previously worked for Salon Couture, Pequot Lakes, where she worked since May of 2010. Her education includes the Aveda Institut...

Chelsea Sutton
Chelsea Sutton



Sutton joins Hair & Beyond

Chelsea "Cha-Cha" Sutton, stylist, joined Hair & Beyond in Brainerd.

Sutton previously worked for Salon Couture, Pequot Lakes, where she worked since May of 2010. Her education includes the Aveda Institute in 2007. She specializes in colors, cuts, pedicures, manicures and vivid colors.


Janssen joins and Siemers returns to WSN

Nathan Janssen and Adam Siemers recently joined Widseth Smith Nolting's Brainerd office. Janssen, an electrical engineer in training, joined the electrical engineering team while Siemers, PE, mechanical engineer, returned to the mechanical engineering team after a brief hiatus.

Siemers returns to the Brainerd office picking up where he left off. Beyond designing plumbing and HVAC systems, he is also trained in HVAC commissioning. Commissioning offers WSN's clients assurance that their building systems are installed correctly and operating as designed to confirm peak efficiency.

Siemers has designed HVAC and plumbing systems for a range of building types throughout the five-state area. Some of his projects have included Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Baxter Clinic; Mills Fleet Farm and Auto Service stores throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa; and the Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd. He received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Janssen has experience in electrical engineering and design for industrial and commercial building types. Previously, he worked for Essar Steel in Hibbing, where he designed electrical rooms and power layouts such as cable sizing, wiring raceways, and terminations. He received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of North Dakota.

At WSN, Janssen is responsible for preparing quantity and cost estimates, interpreting plans/specifications, reviewing shop drawings and manuals, conducting on-site observations and resolving routine construction administration issues. He also verifies change order information, prepares reports, and validates pay applications.



Zapata earns real estate license

Jamie Zapata recently earned her real estate license and became an agent, moving up from administration.

She has been in real estate for more than five years, starting in administration and working her way up to management before becoming an active real estate agent. She graduated from Central Lakes College with a Latin American studies degree and obtained her bachelor's degree in management at the College of St Scholastica.


Schulz gains engineering license

Widseth Smith Nolting's Justin Schulz has passed the exams and met the education and experience requirements necessary to become a registered professional engineer in Minnesota. Licensure is granted by the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design.

Schulz, a civil engineer, joined WSN in 2012 as an engineer-in-training. He is responsible for interpreting design criteria and developing site plans. He is also involved in design development, building code review, construction budget analysis and conducting field work. Schulz received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2011.



Tri-County honors organ, tissue and eye donors, recipients

WADENA-The Donate Life Flag is being flown at Tri-County Health Care during the month of April to honor local organ and tissue donors, their families and recipients.

The display is part of a national initiative, Flags Across America, designed to honor and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of donors and recipients whose lives have been affected by organ, eye and tissue donation.

To honor local donor families and recipients, a flag-raising ceremony was held on Friday, April 8 at Tri-County Health Care. Special guests included Robby Grendahl, a heart transplant recipient, and his wife Lori. Also present were Kandi and Darren Kelderman, parents of organ donor Sam Kelderman, who unexpectedly passed away earlier this year. Donor families, transplant recipients, friends and the public gathered for the presentation and flag raising.

Growing from one person's idea into a nationwide display of unity, the vision of Flags Across America is to fly a Donate Life Flag at organizations that support the gifts of donation. This initiative is meant to encourage the public to designate donation decisions by registering their wishes in their state donor registries. Locally, Tri-County Health Care partners with LifeSource to support families at the end-of-life and offer the opportunity of organ and tissue donation.

According to the Life Source website, there are more than 123,000 men, women and children in the United States waiting for life‐saving organ transplants and more than 3,700 live in the Upper Midwest. Every 10 minutes another person is added to the list and on average 22 people will die every day because they won't receive a transplant in time. The donation from one person can save and heal up to 60 lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

"Last year, two tissue donors at Tri-County Health Care provided more than 120 gifts for transplant recipients. Flying the flag honors our local donor families and the many people their loved one's gifts have touched," said Joel Beiswenger, Tri-County Health Care President and CEO in a news release.

Across the nation, thousands of Donate Life flags will be flown and displayed throughout the month of April-National Donate Life Month. In addition to this bold initiative, Tri-County Health Care now offers donor families the option of flying the flag at the hospital, during their loved one's donation event, in a show of support and to honor their loved one's memory. Go to for more information.



Porter gains honor

Central Lakes College English instructor Kate Porter was recently honored with the regional Phi Theta Kappa Horizon Award.

Porter, one of CLC's local PTK advisers, was given the honor because she is an adviser on the rise. Porter has shown extraordinary enthusiasm for Phi Theta Kappa activities, officials said. She also devoted a lot of hard work to hosting the Fall Regional Conference at CLC, officials stated in a news release.

"It is both a surprise and an honor to receive the Horizon Award," Porter said. "The recognition is really about our Phi Theta Kappa members, though, and the work they do. Our chapter has done a great job of serving our college and community, and I am proud of the year we've had."


Steinhauser joins CRMC

Family Practitioner Dr. Julie Steinhauser of Lincoln, Neb., will begin practicing at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's Crosby Clinic on July 18.


She has special interests in pediatrics, newborn care, women's health and procedures.

Steinhauser earned her medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine where she also completed her family medicine residency in 2015. She received her bachelor of science degree in biopsychology with high distinction from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

A member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association, Steinhauser practiced at a clinic in Lincoln the past year.


Rapovich participates in conference

Dale Rapovich, program coordinator and teacher from the driver education program at the Brainerd School District Community Education, was in attendance.

The Minnesota Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association hosted its 49th annual conference on April 8-9 at the Radisson Hotel in Duluth. The theme of the convention was Bridge to Better Drivers. The program began with a presentation titled Roadside Survival by Walt Brinker author of the book "Roadside Survival." "Drive Safe and Ride Safe" was the topic of Kelly Cusick DriveSafeRideSafe Inc. Other topics included teen crash avoidance program and work zone safety awareness as well as the realities of driving today.

This is the 23rd conference Rapovich has attended and he has served for eight years on the MDTSEA Board of Directors.



Minnesota Cold Weather Rule ends soon

Customers with past due natural gas bills should take steps to avoid having their natural gas service disconnected once the Cold Weather Rule ended April 15.

The Minnesota CWR protects residential customers who are having problems paying their natural gas bill from having their service disconnected Oct. 15 through April 15. While the CWR does not prevent disconnection, it does protect qualified customers during the coldest months as defined in the rule.

CenterPoint Energy reports there are a number of community resources to assist customers as well as internal bill payment programs.


Lakes Ignite: April Event for Young Professionals

LAKE SHORE-Lakes Ignite: Brainerd Lakes Young Professionals will celebrate the warmer weather with an event at one of the area's fine dining restaurants.

The young professionals group, established in February of 2015, will be gathering at Bar Harbor Supper Club at 6 p.m. on Thursday for light appetizers, refreshments and socializing with fellow locals in the Brainerd lakes area.

The Lakes Ignite Council is also working on bigger events and opportunities to partner with local groups in the area to showcase some of the highlight events and new attractions that the busy summer season brings. Look for more information soon on events featuring the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails, Lakes Area Music Festival and more.

For more information on this event or the group, please visit the group's Facebook page and events at , send an email to or get a business card, supported by Lakes Printing, from a council member. The council consists of Elise Ristau (Atomic Learning), Aeli Wiebolt (Glynlyon, Inc.), Ashley Martel (Widseth Smith Nolting) and Chet Bodin (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development).


About Lakes Ignite: Brainerd Lakes Young Professionals

Lakes Ignite is a mixed group of young locals that range from new residents to those who grew up in the Brainerd Lakes. It was established to allow emerging leaders in the community an opportunity to meet (whether it be for business or personal reasons), to share their experience in the region, and try new things within the area. Lakes Ignite meets every third Thursday of the month at various locations in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Businesses looking to get involved are also welcome to contact us regarding hosting, sponsorships and employee outreach programs.



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