CAREER Interior designer from Brainerd featured in Traditional Home The design work of Mark J. Williams, an interior designer and the son of Donna and John Williams of Brainerd, recently was featured on the cover of Traditional Home magazine. Wil...


Interior designer from Brainerd featured in Traditional Home 

The design work of Mark  J. Williams, an interior designer and the son of Donna and John Williams of Brainerd, recently was featured on the cover of Traditional Home magazine.

Williams was the interior designer for a 1928 Mediterranean Revival home in Los Angles. The home is owned by Tracey and Mark Smolin. The designer attended Brainerd High School, Central Lakes College and the University of Minnesota.



Smith joins Northern Psychiatric Associates

Northern Psychiatric Associates announced Kelly Smith joined the staff as controller/human resources manager.  

Smith has worked in both public and private accounting for the last 20 years in the Brainerd area. Northern Psychiatric Associates is a private mental health clinic located in the Forthun Office Plaza that provides both psychiatric and psychological services to the lakes area.


Linise Clothing opens on Washington Street

Linise Clothing, a quality fashion consigment for women and juniors, has opened its doors on Washington Street. The store is located at 817 Washington St. Its hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

The owners are Linda Dvorsak and Denise Saddler.



Tom joins J.C. Penney salon

BAXTER - Joanna Tom recently joined the J.C. Penney stying salon in Baxter. Tom has more than 10 years of experience. 


Dunphy joins Essentia Health in Brainerd

Dr. Tyler Dunphy, internal medicine physician, is returning to his hometown to begin his practice with Essentia Health in Brainerd. 

He’ll be joining his father, a family medicine physician who’s also part of the Essentia system in Brainerd. Dunphy said working in Brainerd is an opportunity for him to give back and help people as much as he’s been helped along the way. He said his father has been a role model for him.  

After graduating from Brainerd High School, Dunphy did his undergraduate work at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He then received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and did his residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Dunphy is one of several new primary care physicians joining the Essentia Health staff this summer and fall.



Masciopinto joins Tri-County Health Care 

WADENA - Tri-County Health Care welcomed Dr. Martha J. Masciopinto as its newest family practice physician. 

Masciopinto began her family medicine practice at Wadena Medical Center on July 25. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas, attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed her residency at DUKE/FAHEC in Fayetteville, N.C. Following her residency, she was with Allina Health System in Hastings for 16 years.


Nominations sought for Nisswa Citizen of the Year

NISSWA - For the 23rd year, the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the contributions of one outstanding citizen, naming him/her the 2011 Nisswa Citizen of the Year. 

The chamber is  accepting nominations for the award. Nominees should be outstanding servants of Nisswa, demonstrating passion and commitment toward the betterment of their community. Those nominated do not need to be chamber members, nor do they need to be residents of Nisswa. Summer residents qualify.  

Those interested in nominating a candidate should submit a written letter no later than Sept. 6. This letter should reveal the core reasons suggesting a particular nominee be selected as this year’s winner. The writer must also submit his/her own address and telephone number, should more information be requested on behalf of the nominee. Letters and contact information should be mailed to the Nisswa Citizen of the Year Selection Committee, Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 185, Nisswa, MN 56468.

The winner will be selected by a committee consisting of three previous winners and two Nisswa Chamber Board members. The 2011 Nisswa Citizen of the Year will be introduced at the Nisswa Chamber Fall Membership Dinner Oct. 6.



Friday Morning Coffee planned in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS - The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests to the Historic Courthouse 7:30 - 9 a.m. Friday, 107 Second St. S.E. in Little Falls for Friday Morning Coffee.  

The networking event is sponsored this month by the Morrison County United Way. Announcements are at 8:15 a.m. 



Pence speaks to Edina agents about land use 

The Edina Realty Offices in Crosslake and Baxter heard Chris Pence, Land Services supervisor for Crow Wing County, discuss the new land use ordinance and other regulatory changes.

Pence also introduced Realtors to the user friendly web page sites for professionals and consumers that will guide users to plat drawings, land use ordinances (zoning), septic system requirements, wetland requirements, how to get a land use permit if one is required, and many other on-line conveniences for area residents.

According to Pence, Crow Wing County Land Services has renewed its efforts to more effectively and efficiently serve Crow Wing County residents. Jim Eisler, manager for Baxter and Crosslake Edina Realty offices, said real estate agents now have the tools to partner with the county to help land owners optimize use of their land.


Legacy Grant Workshop planned in Staples

STAPLES - David Grabitske from the Minnesota Historical Society will be the guest speaker at a two-hour workshop on how to access Legacy Grant funding.   

The workshop is planned from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 16 at Staples City Hall. All historical organizations interested in learning more about how to acquire Legacy funds are invited to attend.


Homebuyer class offered in September

Central Minnesota Housing Partnership is providing Home Stretch, a homebuyer education workshop, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 in Brainerd at the Central Lakes College. 

Registration is required and participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the day. Participants will learn about  qualifying for a mortgage, financing a home, budget and credit issues, real estate, the closing process, basic home maintenance and affordable mortgage products that may be available to first-time homebuyers.

CMHP, a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing services to the central region of Minnesota, coordinates the Home Stretch workshop. Community lenders, real estate agents and other housing professionals volunteer their time to bring first-time homebuyers the most important and current information about the home buying process.

“It’s a great time to be a first-time homebuyer,” said Deanna Hemmesch, Community Development Director for CMHP.  “There are so many opportunities out there for homebuyers at the moment and Home Stretch will provide the needed information a first-time homebuyer should know before beginning the process.”

Some affordable mortgage products, first-time homebuyer products and government loans may require a buyer to receive a Home Stretch certificate.     

There is a $25 fee per household to participate in Home Stretch and registration is required. To register for the Brainerd Home Stretch workshop in September, contact Central Minnesota Housing Partnership at (320) 259-0393.


‘Serving It Safe’ is Sept. 22 in Brainerd

A ‘Serving It Safe’ review course is planned 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

This course provides four hours of continuing education for certified food managers.  It will address food sanitation and safety, emerging trends in food preparation and handling sanitation and prevention of food-borne illness.

Colette Pohlkamp is the instructor. Tuition is $70. Deadline to register is Sept. 15. Similar workshops will also be offered Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

For more information call (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142, or 855-8142 or email .  


LASHO luncheon features OSHA update

Lakes Area Safety & Health Organization is hosting a luncheon with information on new developments within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The event begins with registration and lunch ordering from 11:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 1 at Jack’s House, 300 State Highway 25 N.E., Brainerd. Lunch is optional and at your own cost. The program is noon to 1 p.m. 

The presenter is  Bob Sarna, Minnesota OSHA Greater Minnesota supervisor.

In a one-time event, the program is free to both LASHO members and non-members. 


LASHO hosts open house Thursday

The Lakes Area Safety & Health Organization is hosting an informational open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Jack’s House Bowling Center, 300 State Highway 25 N.E., Brainerd. 

Pop and Pizza are on LASHO. Participants may gain membership information and ask questions and get to meet the LASHO Board Members. Recent survey results will be available. 

RSVP is appreciated to Gail Judd at or (218) 894-2831. LASHO training sessions are the first Thursday of each month. Future topics include: ergonomics, workplace violence, medical forum, emergency planning, worker’s compensation, behavior based safety, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, safety program incentives and commitees.  



Operation Round-Up funds distributed

The Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board donated more than $53,000 to area community programs during its third quarter meeting in July.  

Operation Round-Up funds were distributed to the following projects: $2,760 to Youth Investment, Timber Bay, Nisswa; $1,500 to VFW Post 772, Longville; $2,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County, Little Falls; $3,000 to The Warehouse, Pine River; $3,000 to Pine River-Backus Family Center; $1,200 to Camp Knutson, Crosslake; $400 to Lakes Area Law Enforcement Assoc., Brainerd; $2,000 to Advocates Against Domestic Abuse, Crow Wing county; $1,500 to Bridges Workplace Connection, Brainerd Lakes Chamber; $2,000 to Mn. Assistance Council for Veterans, Crow Wing, Cass and Morrison counties; $2,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Elk River, Little Falls Site; $3,000 to Care ‘n Share, Emily; $2,500 to Fishing Has No Boundaries, Brainerd Lakes Chapter; $3,550 to Crosby-Ironton School District #182; $2,000 to Junior Achievement of the Brainerd Lakes; $1,000 to Pequot Lakes School Dist #186; $600 to Eagle View Elementary, Pequot Lakes; $5,000 to Central Mn. Teen Challenge, Brainerd; $12,000 to The Brainerd Baxter Youth Center (one time impact grant); and $2,000 to Private Cooperative Member Crisis Medical Support.

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. Since the program’s inception in late 1996, Round Up has donated more than $2,000,000 to community projects and programs in Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties.  

The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Oct. 27. Grant forms may be obtained by calling Crow Wing Power at 829-2827 or (800) 648-9401 or at . The deadline for grant applications is Oct. 10.



Hibbing Taconite fined for air-quality violations

DULUTH (AP) - Hibbing Taconite Co. has agreed to pay a more than $15,000 penalty for air-quality violations at its taconite-production facility. The company will also return the facility to compliance, 

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced the decision on Thursday.

According to the PCA, the company’s monitoring reports documented many air emissions violations in late 2010 of the plant’s operating permit. 

Other data showed that the unit failed a performance test in January this year.

The PCA said the unit was retested in February and was in compliance.


Union workers rally against Crystal Sugar lockout

MOORHEAD (AP) - Hundreds of American Crystal Sugar workers and others showed up in Moorhead with signs, banners and even guitars Thursday in a rally for employees who have been locked out for 11 days. 

About 1,300 union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company’s first labor impasse in 30 years. The largest beet sugar processor in the U.S. had offered a 17 percent pay increase over five years, but workers were upset about provisions covering job security and health care costs. 

American Crystal Sugar vice president Brian Ingulsrud had no specific comment about the rally, other than to say that no talks were scheduled.

“We would have liked to have had the employees on the job working today,” Ingulsrud said. “We think that the offer that we put in front of them was a very good one.”

American Crystal accounts for 38 percent of the country’s production of sugar from beets and 15 percent overall. It has been using replacement workers since the lockout began, although the company is currently in off-peak mode and not processing beets. 

The rally started near the company’s Moorhead headquarters, where workers chanted pro-union slogans.

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