Business Notes - Dec. 21

CAREER Cody joins Northern Pines with PTSD specialty Mary Jo Cody is a licensed independent clinical social worker with more than 23 years experience as a mental health counselor, providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups.

Mary Jo Cody
Mary Jo Cody


Cody joins Northern Pines with PTSD specialty

Mary Jo Cody is a licensed independent clinical social worker with more than 23 years experience as a mental health counselor, providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. She obtained her master of social work degree at the University of Minnesota and has additional training in trauma focused therapy, bereavement counseling and mediation. Her approach is compassionate and direct, combining psychotherapy with practical homework between sessions. She offers additional specialization in: depression and anxiety, grief and loss, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and issues related to military service.


Dwinnell-Dillon joins Nystrom & Associates


BAXTER -Kimberly Dwinnell-Dillon, psychotherapist, joined Nystrom & Associates with offices in Baxter.

Dwinnell-Dillon has a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a masters of social work from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Dwinnell-Dillon has nine years in the mental health field. Her experience includes working with children and families, providing In-Home skills work and therapy, outpatient therapy, and school based therapy. Dwinnell-Dillon specializes in individual therapy with children and adults, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, childhood disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, borderline personality disorder, adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, suicidal teens or adults, anger issues/anger management, grief and loss counseling, codependency, stress management, self-identity, self-esteem Issues, abuse, and guilt/shame issues.


Davis to provide surgical services in Crosby, Onamia

Board-certified general surgeon Dr. Thomas Davis will soon begin providing surgical services in Onamia and Crosby as part of a new rural surgical partnership between the Mille Lacs Health System and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Premier Surgical Associates and the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery.

He will perform operations and procedures at both facilities beginning in January.

Davis has more than 20 years experience practicing at clinics and hospitals in Minnesota, Indiana, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Georgia. He earned his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Mercer University School of Medicine. He is a military veteran, having served as captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.



Minnesota recertifies clinics

Patient-centered care has become the standard across Essentia Health and the state of Minnesota is recognizing these efforts, Essentia Health reported.

The Minnesota Department of Health recently recertified 22 primary care clinics as health care homes. Essentia Health Clinics in the Brainerd Lakes Area that became recertified include: Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Baxter Clinic, Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Brainerd Clinic, Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Crosslake Clinic, Essentia Health-Hackensack Clinic

Essentia Health-Pequot Lakes Clinic, Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Pierz Clinic, Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Pillager Clinic, Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Pine River Clinic.

Following a rigorous survey process, the state awards certifications to clinics that demonstrate a higher quality of care.

One of the benefits of health care homes is the ability to provide an extra level of care coordination to those patients with some of the most complicated medical needs. The local Essentia Health Care Coordinators include: Gayle Nielsen, registered nurse (RN) for patients whose primary care teams are at the Baxter, Hackensack, Pequot Lakes, Pierz and Pillager clinics; Anna Wistrom-Thesing, RN, for patients whose primary care teams are at the Brainerd, Crosslake and Pine River clinics; Julie Goshey, RN, for patients seen by pediatricians.

A doctor's referral is needed for Care Coordination. The service is covered by Minnesota's Medical Assistance plan, most Medicare plans and some private insurance plans.


For April Bourdage, Essentia's manager of Care Coordination Programs, the recognition demonstrates how the many members of the care team work together so seamlessly. "The care coordinator is only one piece of the pyramid of a health care home clinic. The care coordinators do a great job of pulling together all facets of the patient care into one document and keeping those members of the patient's interdisciplinary care team linked into the patient's wishes and goals," Bourdage said.


Three join Executive Express, stop added

Executive Express added employees and stop locations.

Jamie Forcum has been hired as the Minnesota assistant branch manager. Josie Luebesmier was added as the office coordinator/human relations administrator and Bill Howe was promoted to the position of driver team leader. Executive Express also added a new stop location at the EZ Stop in Royalton, to bring the total stop locations in Minnesota to 42.


Marco announces recent promotions

Marco Inc. announced promotions for Jonathan Warrey, Steve Gau, Fritz Wensel, Trevor Akervik and Kurt Meemken.

Warrey was promoted to chief operating officer.

Warrey has more than 18 years of experience in the information technology (IT) industry. He joined Marco in 1996 as a sales representative and was promoted to regional sales director in 2009 and vice president of sales in 2012.

Gau was promoted to vice president of sales. Gau has more than 17 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco in 1997 as a sales representative and was promoted to sales manager in 2005 and regional sales director in 2009.

Wensel was promoted to senior director of IT sales. Wensel has more than 31 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco in 2009 as the IT sales and service manager.

Akervik was promoted to senior director of managed services. Akervik has more than 13 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco in 2001 as a sales representative and was promoted to copier sales manager in 2006 and director of managed services in 2009.

Meemken was promoted to manager of software solutions. Meemken has over 13 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco in 2001. He was hired as a systems engineer and was promoted to software solutions sales manager earlier this year.


Eight members of the GLAR leadership team attend convention

Eight members of the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors attended the National Association of Realtors convention in November along with 8,500 other members.

Attending were President T.J. Simon, Wolff & Simon Real Estate in Park Rapids; President Elect Carrie Lee, Keller Williams Realty Professionals in Baxter; Secretary Laurie Moe, Coldwell Banker Cedar Point in Walker; directors Trista Diem, Weichert Realtors Tower Properties in Baxter; Shayna McCulloch, Stewart Title in Baxter; Sheila Holley, Edina Realty, Minnesota Association of Realtors NAR director; and Rebecca Sellnow, Kurilla Real Estate in Nisswa, Minnesota Association of Realtors director and Janie Weston, GLAR CEO. Also attending were Tim Nelson, Positive Realty in Brainerd, Liz Wick, Positive Realty in Brainerd; Krista Norquist, Coldwell Banker Cedar Point Realty in Walker and Theresa Bilben, Coldwell Banker Cedar Point in Walker.

This year about 8,500 members attended the event in New Orleans. It featured professional development seminars and National Association of Realtors committee meetings. The National Association of Realtors is emphasizing core standards for associations, including the Realtors code of ethics, and consumer outreach.

The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors has real estate professionals in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Mille Lacs, Morrison, and Todd counties.


Christensen joins Northern Psychiatric

BAXTER - Julie Christensen, master of social work, licensed independent clinical social worker, joined Northern Psychiatric Associates of Baxter, as an out-patient therapist.

Christensen serves patients from ages 10 to adult and accepts most insurance. She has individual counseling experience in working with anxiety, depression, dependency, grief/loss, situational stress and many other issues. She is actively involved in various community programs promoting and educating mental health.


GLAR member secretaries meet

Secretaries from member offices of the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors met at a luncheon at Billy's in Breezy Point.

The real estate agent's association CEO Janie Weston updated the group on education, technology, lockboxes, Multiple Listing Service, and viewed the "Keep it Local" video created by the association.

The association, Baxter, is made up of real estate agents and affiliates who serve Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties. The association is governed by a board of directors made up of association members and affiliates.


Salevold photography is moving

PEQUOT LAKES - Jen Salvevold with {Photojenic} Photography Studio & Photo Gallery is in the process of moving her business.

Her Studio has been on County Road 16 in Pequot Lakes for the past year. Her new location is the Jack Pine Center; 4464 Main St., Suite 7, in downtown Pequot Lakes. Salevold stated the new location of the studio is more convenient for clients and the open floor plan is more ideal for her clientele and needs. She also has plans of selling local handmade crafts by consignment in the upstairs loft. Construction of the new space is under way and includes new flooring and new paint colors. Salvevold said she has high hopes to be open in the new studio by the start of 2015.


Fontelonga joins CRMC as interim oncologist

CROSBY - Dr. Antonio Fontelonga of the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute will serve as interim oncologist at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's (CRMC) Cancer Care Center in Crosby beginning Jan. 2.

He will replace Dr. Ron Halvorson, who is leaving at the end of the year.

Fontelonga has more than 37 years of internal medicine experience, combined with 20 years of oncology and hematology practice. His articles have been published in numerous medical journals and he has served as academic faculty at the University of Nevada Oncology Program. Fontelonga will treat patients as CRMC continues to partner with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute to recruit a permanent medical oncologist.

Since 2010, CRMC has partnered with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute to provide exceptional oncology care to Crosby area residents. The partnership and program is designed around a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, including access to outstanding surgical care, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other specialists. The CRMC cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, through the American College of Surgeons with a goal of exceptional patient care and outcomes provided locally in the community.



CLC offers boiler 14-hour special, first, second, and chief license prep course

Central Lakes College's boiler 14-hour special, first, second, and chief license prep course offers participants an opportunity to prepare for taking the special, first or second class and chief oiler 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.

The course fee is $255. Instructor is Daniel Weber. The class is offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 at Central Lakes College, Business and Industry Center, Brainerd.

Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline is Dec. 22.

For more information, call 855-8141 or go online to and click on courses or email or contact the campus at 855-8118 or 800-933-0346, ext. 8118.



Mid-Minnesota raised more than $7,000 through Miracle Mondays

More than $7,000 was raised and collected during the month of November for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare on behalf of Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) members and staff.

The Miracle Mondays campaign kicked off in early September and allowed MMFCU staff to wear jeans to work on Mondays for a suggested $2 contribution toward the fund. Members of the Credit Union were also encouraged to donate at any MMFCU branch through November 24th. All money raised was matched by MMFCU, then matched again by the CO-OPs Miracle Match program. What's more, every 'like' on MMFCU's Facebook page regarding the Miracle Mondays campaign also earned a dollar.

In the end, the total contribution to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare equaled $7,303.48.

"We live in an incredibly generous community," commented MMFCU President Chuck Albrecht. "But this particular campaign seemed to bring out the best in people and helped us to raise significant dollars for a very worthy and important cause. We are so grateful to all who helped make this contribution possible."

In 1897, Gillette became the nation's first hospital for children who have disabilities. Since then, they have remained committed to changing the world through expert medical care, advocacy efforts and research. Today, Gillette is known worldwide for expertise in treating children, teens and adults who have disabilities and complex medical conditions. Based in St. Paul, Gillette has an outreach clinic in Baxter.

Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative with offices in Alexandria, Baxter, Brainerd, Crosby, Little Falls, Pequot Lakes, and Staples.


Slumberland Furniture donates beds for area families

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 box spring sets to nonprofit partners throughout the communities it serves.

During the week of Dec. 22, mattress sets will be donated with the help of the Salvation Army. In addition, Lakeview Community Church in Hillman is donating hand-made quilts and sheet sets will be donated by Costco in Baxter.

"For far too many families, a warm bed has become a luxury," said Brett Smith, Baxter Slumberland manager in a news release. "With Making Homes for the Holidays, Slumberland is working to ensure that everyone in our communities gets a healthy nights' sleep."

The Making Homes for the Holidays program began in 1993. Since then, Slumberland donated more than 24,000 new mattresses and box springs to deserving families.


Range Inc. supports Camp Confidence

Range Inc., Brainerd, joined with campers to ring in the holidays on Dec. 12 at the Camp Confidence Annual Christmas Rendezvous.

Range's employee goodwill committee researched a number of local charities and elected to support Camp Confidence as a charity opportunity that would allow employees to give directly back to the local community. A cash donation of $1,100 was made with money raised through an employee fund drive that included a company donation match. The night of the event, Range employees volunteered in helping campers enjoy an evening of craft activities, cookie sharing, dancing, hayrides and more.


GLAR donates to charitable foundation

The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors' holiday party donated more than $1,000 to the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors' Charitable Foundation.

Entertainment by the Deuces Wild asked those attending to donate to this charitable foundation. The foundation has donated more than $5,000 to the local food shelves, in Aitkin, Akeley, Brainerd, Baxter, Crosby, Crosslake, Emily, Garrison, Hackensack, Isle, Little Falls, Longville, Motley, Park Rapids, Nisswa/Pequot Lakes, Pierz, Pillager, Sebeka, Staples and Walker.


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