Business Notes Aug. 31

CAREER Riverwood welcomes new family physician AITKIN - Riverwood Healthcare Center welcomed Dr. Austin Krohn, a family physician who will begin seeing patients in Aitkin in September. Krohn will specialize in general family medicine, pediatrics,...

Jill Erickson
Jill Erickson


Riverwood welcomes new family physician

AITKIN - Riverwood Healthcare Center welcomed Dr. Austin Krohn, a family physician who will begin seeing patients in Aitkin in September.

Krohn will specialize in general family medicine, pediatrics, adolescent health, and sports medicine (including concussion management, musculoskeletal ultrasound, injections, pre-participation physicals, and sideline/mass event coverage).

During his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris, Krohn played baseball for four years and graduated with distinction with degrees in biology and chemistry. He then attended the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, and received the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) student achievement award while doing clinical work at Riverwood in 2008-09. After completing his medical degree, he went on to complete a three-year family medicine residency at the University of Minnesota, North Memorial Medical Center.


In 2013, he spent one year in the University of Minnesota Sports Medicine Fellowship program. During this time, he served as a team physician for the University of Minnesota Gopher football, women's hockey, men's basketball, and women's softball teams.

"I have always been a believer that prevention has the largest impact on healthy living," Krohn said, adding he promotes wellness through active lifestyles and enjoys building patient relationships across multiple generations. Krohn grew up in Pierz. He lives with his family in the Aitkin area.

Dr. Austin


Local Edward Jones Team participates in advanced training

Greg Bennett, a financial adviser with the financial services firm Edward Jones in Brainerd and Barb Lindgron, a branch office administrator, recently attended an invitation-only training opportunity at the firm's headquarters in St. Louis.

The three-day Advanced Practice Management Forum is offered to branch teams throughout the country who rank among the top third most successful in the firm in helping clients work toward their long-term financial goals. Bennett and Lindgron were among more than 180 associates, out of more than 12,000, invited to attend this session.

"The Advanced Practice Management Forum gave us an opportunity to share ideas with other successful teams, visit with home-office experts to discuss ways to meet more clients' needs and view technical demonstrations highlighting a variety of systems and tools," Bennett said. "Barb and I also were able to tailor some of the training to focus on areas of our business that we want to grow."




Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center nurses pass lactation counselor course

Seven nurses at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center recently passed the certified lactation counselor course through the Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding, based in East Sandwich, Mass.

Registered Nurses Alysia Bigler, Jill Erickson, Megan Fredrickson, Margy Gilbertson, Valine Gondringer, Ashley Siekas and Jessica Windorski successfully completed the course. They provide care to families in the Family Birthplace at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.

The 45-hour course includes practical skills, theoretical foundations and competency verification. The certification means that a person has received training and competency verification in breastfeeding. The certification gives lactation counselors a strong foundation to help mothers and their babies.

Specially trained registered nurses and nurse practitioners at Essentia Health can be reached through the Infant Feeding Support Line at 855.710.BABY(2229) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. These experts answer questions and provide support to moms, dads, grandparents or anyone caring for an infant. This free service is open to anyone and provides expert information about breastfeeding and bottle-feeding.

















Lemieux completes curriculum

BAXTER - Brian Lemieux, wealth adviser of Lemieux Wealth Strategies, recently attended Cetera Financial Group's fifth consecutive Wealth Management University in Las Vegas, with nearly 200 other participants.

This conference, which attracts Cetera Financial Group advisors from across the United States, opened on Aug. 13 and featured 26 top industry experts and numerous leading product partners.


Wealth Management University presents a wide range of learning opportunities every year, designed to introduce advisors to new investment strategies, improve their comprehensive wealth management skills and help them boost their advisory assets under management (AUM).

The program offered several presentations from some of the industry's leading experts, such as:

Bob Curtis, CEO of PIEtech, Inc., "The Future of Financial Planning;" Carina Diamond, managing director, SS&G Wealth Management, "Women & Wealth Management, How

to Serve the Savvy;" James C. Liu, vice president, Global Market Strategist, J.P. Morgan, "Guide to the Markets;" Scott Steele, executive vice president, PIMCO, "The New Neutral: Investing in Today's Fixed Income Landscape;" John A. Rhodes, Jr., doctorate, vice president of practice management, CNL, "Succession Planning: The Ten Non-Legal Questions You Must Ask!" Jody Harris, Social Security consultant, Protective Life, "Understanding Social Security: A Look at the

Bigger Picture."



Schulke joins The Lakes and Family Chiropractic


Cassandra Schulke, New employee at The Lakes Therapeutic Massage and Family Chiropractic. Schulke is a certified massage therapist, with nine-and-a-half years' experience. She has massage background in: deep tissue, sports, pregnancy, and Swedish massage, as well as, active assisted stretching, and trigger point therapy.

For the past seven years, Schulke has based her career around chiropractic.



Sampson expands role

Nurse Practitioner Jessica Sampson expands her role on the Emergency Department Team at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.

St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd is a Level III Trauma Center, providing emergency medical services 24 hours a day, seven days a week through urgent care, emergency rooms and trauma surgery. The life-saving team cares for more than 26,000 patients per year through any situation, from minor injuries or illnesses to life-threatening conditions requiring immediate surgery and intervention.

Sampson has worked for the past five years as a registered nurse in St. Joseph's Emergency Department and now looks forward to continuing her career as a nurse practitioner. "I love working in the emergency room," she says. "We have a great team and I enjoy the variety of patients we care for and the fast pace of the environment."

Sampson earned a master's degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.




Business after Hours set in Crosby

CROSBY - Cuyuna Lakes Chamber Business After Hours is planned from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Evergreens Up Norths & Wild Rice Woodworks in Crosby.

Business After Hours is a chamber function for area members of the business community and the public to network and build relationships. The event includes barbecue pulled pork, refreshments and raffle prizes.

For more information please contact the chamber office at 218-546-8131 or email .

Achitect to present 'Cabins, Retreats and Other New Works'

The American Institute of Architects Northern Minnesota Chapter will host a design presentation by renown Architect David Salmela titled "Cabins, Retreats and Other New Works." This event will be free and open to the public. The presentation will start at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at Madden's Resort at the Wilson Bay Lodge.

David Salmela is the principle architect in the firm Salmela Architect in Duluth. He is the recipient of more than 30 state and national awards and has been published more than 100 times in European as well as American books, magazines, and newspapers.

In 2008, Salmela was awarded the AIA Minnesota Gold Metal, "the highest award bestowed on an individual member in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished achievement and significant contributions to architecture."

In 2004, he was recognized as the first Architect of Distinction from the American Institute of Architects Minnesota. He was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the National American Institute of Architects in 2002. He received the Honor Award in 1998 from the American Institute of Architects, which is considered the Pulitzer Prize of architecture, for his design of Ravenwood, the home and studio of acclaimed nature photographer Jim Brandenburg. A self-described modernist, he routinely creates sophisticated houses that blend his own preference for minimalism.

For more information, contact the 2014 AIA Northern Minnesota Chapter President Chris Raimann, AIA at or 824-2233.

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