CAREER Mimmack earns internship at Adventure Adventure, a full-service advertising agency with offices in Brainerd and St. Cloud, recently added intern Lane Mimmack to the staff. Mimmack is a senior at Concordia College in Moorhead where he studi...


Mimmack earns internship at Adventure

Adventure, a full-service advertising agency with offices in Brainerd and St. Cloud, recently added intern Lane Mimmack to the staff.

Mimmack is a senior at Concordia College in Moorhead where he studies marketing. As a summer intern at Adventure, Mimmack  performed a wide array of on-the-job duties, assisting the traffic director, account executives, and Adventure Studios’ photographer John Linn. In addition to duties as Linn’s second assistant, Lane drives the Adventure Studios photo boat during boating shoots and 2011 marks his fourth year behind the wheel of the photo boat.

When not on shoots, Mimmack shadows different Adventure staff to experience the ins and outs of every aspect of the advertising business - from client meetings to internal strategy and creative meetings. His eagerness to learn and contribute in any way is the characteristic that earned him the internship.



Daughter follows father at Edina Realty

BAXTER - Emily VanLandschoot recently earned her real estate associate license and will work in the Edina Realty office in Baxter.

VanLandschoot is the daughter of Allen VanLandschoot, also in the Edina Realty office in Baxter. Emily comes from a long line of real estate professionals with grandparents starting out in Crosslake real estate many years ago followed by her dad who has been in the  real estate business for more than 25 years.


New urologist sees patients in Aitkin, Crosby

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center and Riverwood Healthcare Center announced a new urologist, Dr. Lori Pinke, of Adult & Pediatric Urology, began seeing patients in Aitkin and Crosby the first week in July.

Mike Delfs, Riverwood chief operating officer, said the demand for urology services has continued to grow in the community. 


Theresa Sullivan, CRMC chief operating officer, said the partnership with Adult & Pediatric Urology has continued to grow during the last two years.

Pinke has a special interest in urologic oncology and completed her urologic oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Her surgical training has included a broad range of open techniques and minimally invasive surgery, such as laparoscopy and da Vinci, for the treatment of benign and malignant urologic diseases. 

A native of North Dakota, Pinke relocated to St. Cloud in June, after relocating from her practice in Fergus Falls. She enjoys treating a range of urologic conditions including urologic cancers, kidney stone disease, and benign prostate disease. Pinke joins Dr. Shawn McGee and Nurse Practitioner Cindy Hauser in the urology practice serving CRMC and RHCC patients.


Nor-Son expands office to Twin Cities

Nor-Son, Inc., an integrated consulting, design and construction services firm announces the opening of a new office in the Twin Cities Metro area. 

Headquartered in Baxter, Nor-Son has been serving clientele from the metro in the Brainerd Lakes Area for more than 30 years.  

“The expansion to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area will allow us to better serve our existing clients and reach out to new ones ” said Bob Sweeney, chief principal and CEO of Nor-Son. “We feel right at home here in the lakes area of the metro.”  


Tim O’Connor, Nor-Son’s project development manager for the Twin Cities area, will serve as the main contact for the Wayzata office. O’Connor has been managing the design and construction of projects in the metro for more than 15 years.  

Nor-Son’s new office is located in the Sunset’s building at 700 Lake Street, Suite 213, Wayzata.


Johnson joins Weichert Realtors-Tower Properties

Stephen W. Johnson, broker, Graduate Realtor Institute designation, joined the sales team at Weichert, Realtors - Tower Properties, Brainerd. 

Johnson, Merrifield, has 18 years of experience. He is a longtime member of the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors serving buyers and sellers throughout the Crow Wing County Lakes area including Crosslake, Pelican Lake and Nisswa.

Johnson earned a broker’s license and the GRI designation early in his career. He has claimed 36 top sales awards, along with a 10-year run as top-listing agent.  

Johnson has had parallel careers in law enforcement and behavioral health. He has an associate degree in law enforcement and is a licensed trainer of therapeutic intervention/restraints, serving the department at Essential Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center.


Lawson, Wolfe advance to senior designers

BAXTER - Panache Salons & Day Spas, Baxter, announced Shannon Lawson and Maria Wolfe were recently advanced to senior designer status for excelling in hair styling, coloring, and advanced cutting techniques.

Lawson has been with Panache for more than three years and Wolfe recently marked her fourth anniversary. Both stylists are currently pursuing their Panache master designer certification. 



Gardening with Minnesota Wildflowers Seminar Monday

Learn how to choose and grow natives for sun and shady places. 

Dorothy Johnson, Crow Wing County Master Gardener, will share examples of what grows well in this area as well as plant sources and information references at 7 p.m. on Monday, at Birch Hill Inne, 38606 County Road 66, Crosslake.

Cost to participate is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For more information, contact the Crosslake office of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber (218) 692-4027 or .



Peterson receives Jack Phelan Award

BAXTER - Kevin Peterson, Edward Jones financial adviser, of Baxter recently received the Jack Phelan Award for his outstanding service efforts during the past year.

Edward Jones reported 3,728 of the firm’s more than 12,000 financial advisers received the Jack Phelan award.

The award is named for the firm’s former national sales manager, Jack Phelan.


North Memorial dispatch receives highest award

ROBBINSDALE - North Memorial Communication Center, which provides emergency medical dispatch services to several counties throughout Minnesota, was recently awarded with re-accreditation as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence. This distinction is held by fewer than 100 emergency communication centers worldwide. 

The award, granted by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, is given to emergency communication centers that are able to show consistent excellence in patient care and efficiency when administering pre-arrival instructions. 

When someone with a medical emergency calls 911, the local police dispatcher will transfer the call to the North Memorial Communication Center for pre-arrival instructions. Dispatchers then assist the caller with instructions on how to care for a patient until first responders arrive. Instructions range from how to perform CPR to delivering a baby. 

North Memorial’s dispatchers use the Medical Priority Dispatch System, which is the world’s most widely used life-support protocol system. In addition to requiring proper system oversight, medical control and quality improvement programs, re-accreditation demands careful MPDS compliance and certification for all emergency call-takers and medical dispatchers.

Counties that receive emergency medical dispatch services from North Memorial include: Hennepin, Washington, Chisago, Anoka, Sherburne, Burnett, Crow Wing, Scott, LeSueur, Aitkin, Cass, Mille Lacs, and Rice.



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