Business Notes Dec. 20

CAREER Schwab joins Exit Lakes Realty BAXTER--EXIT Lakes Realty Premier recently announced the addition of real estate agent Marty Schwab to its team. Schwab has been a real estate agent for 12 years in the Minneapolis and Willmar areas, and rece...

Mary Schwab
Mary Schwab


Schwab joins Exit Lakes Realty

BAXTER-EXIT Lakes Realty Premier recently announced the addition of real estate

agent Marty Schwab to its team.

Schwab has been a real estate agent for 12 years in the Minneapolis and Willmar areas, and recently moved to the area to be closer to family. She is a member of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.


Exit Realty is based in Toronto, Canada, and has over 600 offices in North America and over 25,000 active agents. Exit Lakes Realty Premier has offices in Baxter, Crosby and Pequot Lakes.

Larson joins WSN in Baxter

BAXTER-Joanne Larson joined Widseth Smith Nolting's Baxter office.

Larson graduated from Rasmussen College with an office specialist diploma.

As an administrative assistant at WSN, Larson assists the civil engineering and survey departments. Her responsibilities include customer service-greeting visitors, assisting staff, and setting up meetings and webinars. She will also be responsible for proofing reports, specs and contractual documents. Larson will work on cost estimates, change orders, spreadsheets, specs, correspondence, legal descriptions, project set-up and close-out documentation, among other administrative duties.

Larson's previous experience includes working for Rasmussen College in Blaine, as the student records specialist where she provided customer service, processed and maintained compliant academic student files, managed grade and attendance maintenance, and handled verification letter correspondence and student background checks.

Widseth Smith Nolting is a multi-disciplined firm of more than 170 employees providing engineering, architecture, land surveying and environmental services. Its offices are located in Brainerd, Alexandria, Bemidji, Crookston, East Grand Forks, and Rochester, Minn., and Grand Forks, N.D.

Initiative Foundation adds controller to finance team


LITTLE FALLS-The Initiative Foundation, Little Falls, announced the addition of Michelle Miller, who joins the finance team as controller.

Miller joined the Initiative Foundation team in November. In this new position, she will focus her energies on the foundation's financial and accounting policies and will maintain fiscal records, including the organization's annual audit and other fiscal reviews. She has finance and banking degree from Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa.

"We are so pleased to have Michele join the Foundation team," said Lynn Bushinger, treasurer and chief financial officer at the Initiative Foundation. "We take our commitments to donors and funders very seriously, and Michele's expertise will lend itself well in making sure we remain in compliance with the rules and regulations surrounding our work."

Miller is a native of Jackson, Minn., and has more than 15 years in the banking and nonprofit finance fields. She and her family make their home in Little Falls. She is a board member with Morrison County Habitat for Humanity and the Little Falls Youth Hockey Association.


Business After Hours set Jan. 4

CROSBY-A special Business after Hours is planned from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 7 in a collaboration between the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber and the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew, to be hosted by the Crosby Bar at 212 W. Main St. in Crosby.

The Cuyuna Crew will update everyone in attendance as to the progress made during 2015 on the Master Vision for Trails and what's in store for the 2016 season.


Business after Hours is a chamber function for members of the business community and is also open to the public. Participants are invited to bring their business cards and network. There will be hors d'oeuvres available as well as raffle prizes.

As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is recommended.

To make your reservation, call the chamber office at 218-546-8131 or email .


Tri-County Health Care offers babysitting clinic

WADENA-Tri-County Health Care will be offering a babysitting class to educate students age 11 and older on proper babysitting etiquette and child safety.

The clinic covers basic responsibilities on caring for infants and children, including diapering and feeding techniques, game ideas, tips for bedtime issues and how to have a safe experience. Students will learn how to perform first-aid, choose safe age-appropriate toys and how to handle emergencies that arise such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents. Students are also coached on how to interview for potential jobs, how to be a good role model and they will learn valuable life skills, plus much more.

This year's clinic will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 2. The cost is $20 per student. Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins are not allowed. Class size is limited to the first 30 students. Lunch, snacks and learning materials will be provided. Go to for more information.

AHA Bloodborne Pathogens course offered

This course is a classroom course that teaches employees how to protect themselves and others from being exposed to blood or blood-containing materials. This course is designed to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements for bloodborne pathogens training when paired with site-specific instruction. This course is designed for anyone with a reasonable chance of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens such as: correctional officers, childcare workers, security guards, maintenance workers, school personnel, hotel housekeepers, health and fitness club staff, tattoo artists, and others.

The course is noon to 1 p.m. Jan 12 at the Business and Industry Center at CLC in Brainerd with instructor Don Hannahs.

Cost is $25.

For more information, call 218-855-8118 or 1-800-933-0346, Ext. 8118, go online to " target="_blank">" target="_blank">" target="_blank"> and click on courses or email to .

Course offers training for first line supervisors

The first line supervisor course is designed to take the entry-level supervisor and build upon their field experiences to cultivate a well-rounded and productive supervising individual. This 40-hour course follows curriculum from three different resources: "The Essential Supervisor's Handbook" by Brette and Terrence Sember, "The Supervisor's Companion" by Jeanne Huff, and "The First-Time Manager" by Loren Belker, Jim McCormick, and Gary Topchik. Following a very

efficient hybrid teaching model students will meet for 16 hours via the internet and through two eight-hour workshops where students will be challenged to open their minds to new concepts through hands-on activity and guest lecturers. This class will be led by Eric Makowski Budrow who brings a wide variety of supervisory experiences, including construction management, 10 years in the U.S. Army, working as a fire service officer and instruction.

The class is 10 a.m. to noon weekly Tuesday and Thursday from Jan. 5 to Jan. 28 at Central Lakes College, Business and Industry Center, Brainerd. Cost is $385. The class is weekly 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 15 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 29.

For more information, call 218-855-8118 or 800-933-0346, Ext. 8118, go online to " target="_blank">" target="_blank">" target="_blank"> and click on courses or email to .

EMS state license work offered

Those interested in working for ambulance service or emergency management service response group may want more information on an EMT state license course at Central Lakes College. Cost is $1,250.

Participants must be 18 at time of testing. Hybrid course: lecture online/hands on in classroom. Additional dates for special classes, clinicals and testing will be scheduled. Payment plan is available. Contact for more information.

Boiler class offered

A Boiler 14 Hour Special, First, Second and Chief License Prep Course continuing education credits of 1.4 will be offered at Central Lakes College.

This course offers attendees an opportunity to prepare for taking the special, first or second class and chief boiler exam.

Instruction will include: boiler types, attendance requirements for heating boilers, safety issues and state boiler rules, application paperwork and test procedures will be covered. Class fee includes all materials.

Testing and application fee for licensure will be an additional fee for the student with the Department of Labor and Industry. Cost is $255.

The class is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 28 and Dec. 29 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

For more information, go online to " target="_blank">" target="_blank">" target="_blank"> and click on courses or email to .

Food managers course offered in January

The Serving it Safe Review course will meet the requirements for 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 foodborne illness.

Cost is $85. The course is 5-9 p.m. Jan. 19 at Central Lakes College, Business and Industry Center, Brainerd. Advance registration is required.

For more information, For more information, call 218-855-8118 or 800-933-0346, Ext. 8118, go online to " target="_blank">" target="_blank">" target="_blank"> and click on courses or email to .

Home Stretch Workshop offered

Home Stretch is a homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home buying process. In one day, you will learn about qualifying for a mortgage, financing a home, credit,

shopping for a home, the closing process, basic home maintenance, and affordable mortgage products that may be available. Next area workshop is Jan. 21, March 24 and June 7 in Baxter.

Some affordable mortgage products, government loans, and down payment and closing cost assistance programs may require a buyer to receive a Home Stretch certificate. Offered online is Framework, the online homebuyer education course. Many lenders have approved Framework to meet homebuyer education requirements. Go to for more information or call 320-258-0681.

Registration is required, and participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop. Central Minnesota Housing Partnership is a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing services to the central region of Minnesota and coordinates the Home Stretch workshop. Pre-purchase counseling is also available by appointment and is strongly recommended prior to taking Home Stretch. This is a free service to anyone who wants to speak with a certified homeownership counselor about their financial situation prior to buying a home.


Telic Family Chiropractic hosts clothing drive

Telic Family Chiropractic, Brainerd, is hosting a winter clothing drive for area children during the month of December for this Christmas season and all of the donations will go to The Salvation Army in Brainerd.

Bring in a new children's winter clothing item before Dec. 24 and get a complete chiropractic consultation and examination.

Slumberland provides beds for families in need

This holiday season, Slumberland Furniture is working to provide families in need with new beds through its annual Making Homes for the Holidays program.

Throughout the month of December, Slumberland Furniture as a whole will donate about 2,000 mattress and boxspring sets to nonprofit partners throughout the communities it serves.

Slumberland Furniture in Baxter is proud to be part of this program. Between Dec. 21 and 23, 14 mattress sets will be donated with the help of the Salvation Army. In addition, Lakeview Community Church in Hillman is donating hand-made quilts, sheet sets will be donated by Costco and pillows will be donated by Walmart in Baxter.

"For far too many families, a warm bed has become a luxury. With Making Homes for the

Holidays, Slumberland is working to ensure that everyone in our communities gets a healthy night's sleep," said Brett Smith, Baxter Slumberland manager.

The Making Homes for the Holidays program began in 1993. Since then, Slumberland has donated more than 26,000 new mattresses and box springs to deserving families.

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