Business Notes- June 5

CAREER Adams named CLC Dean of enrollment, student services Beth Adams of Duluth has been named dean of enrollment and students services at Central Lakes College. Adams had been vice president of student services at Lake Superior College in Dulut...



Adams named CLC Dean of enrollment, student services

Beth Adams of Duluth has been named dean of enrollment and students services at Central Lakes College.

Adams had been vice president of student services at Lake Superior College in Duluth since 2000 and before that served as dean of students at Mesabi Range College, Virginia. She has 17 years of experience as chief student services officer on four different campuses in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


She replaces Rick Kangas, who had served as the interim dean.

At LSC, she supervised counseling, Trio programs, records and registration, financial aid, admissions, student life, student government, disability services, and other departments.

Adams helped Lake Superior College  to increases in enrollment and retention as well as the number of grants. During her tenure, LSC earned three straight MnSCU awards for innovations in the student relationship management model.

Since 2008 Adams has been a peer reviewer/consultant evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, conducting accreditation site visits while assessing institutions for effectiveness.

She is a 1987 graduate of the College of St. Scholastica (psychology and natural science) and in 1990 received her master’s degree in educational psychology/counseling from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.


Mille Lacs Band names finance commissioner

 ONAMIA - The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has named John Gerdener its new commissioner of finance. 


He was sworn into office on May 16.

 Gerdener will serve as the chief financial officer for the Mille Lacs Band’s Office of Management and Budget. He is responsible for the financial activities of the Band, including financial reporting, investments, tribal government accounting, and administering the Band’s taxation activities, personal loan program, and burial insurance program.

Gerdener owned his own financial consulting practice and held a senior leadership role in a large public accounting firm. Gerdener earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin. He also is a certified public accountant.


CLC hires Curtis Pribnow to teach law enforcement

Curtis Pribnow of Mankato has been hired as a law enforcement instructor in the Central Lakes College Criminal Justice program on the Brainerd campus.

Pribnow, who starts employment with the fall semester classes Aug. 22, has been a part-time adjunct instructor in law enforcement programs at South Central Technical College in Mankato, Hibbing Community College and Rasmussen College.

He holds a master’s degree in community counseling/criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement. He has additional graduate credits in corrections, psychology, and sociology, all from Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Employed by the North Mankato Police Department since 2007, Pribnow served as a “use of force” instructor to train reserve members of the department in the area of crisis management and defensive tactics. He was a detective with the Mankato Police Department from 1995-2007. From 1990-95 he was a security officer with Pinkerton Security, Edina.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps (1981-85).


Cowell receives industry honor

BAXTER - David T. Cowell, a financial representative with The Columns Resource Group of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Baxter, qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable, an international, independent association of nearly 19,000 leading life insurance producers.

MDRT indicates sales and service achievement and is a highly recognized mark of excellence for life underwriters. Members must meet strict ethical and production requirements to qualify.  

Cowell has been associated with Northwestern Mutual since 2000. 





Crosslake in Bloom Gardening Contest

CROSSLAKE - The Crosslake in Bloom Committee invites community members to enter the third annual Crosslake in Bloom Gardening Contest.

There are separate divisions for residential and business gardens within the city. The categories include shade, container, flower, water, vegetable, and rain gardens, as well as shoreland restoration. The rain garden and shoreland restoration categories are new to the contest this year. 

This garden contest is for residents and businesses within the city of Crosslake. Application forms are available online at, click the Crosslake in Bloom button, or at the Crosslake office of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber. Entry deadline is July 6. Judging, by members of the Crosslake Garden Club, will occur the week of July 11.

The winners will be announced July 21 at the Crosslake in Bloom Luncheon and Garden Tour. Plaques will be awarded to the first-place winners.  

For more information, contact Cindy Myogeto, Crosslake area coordinator with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber at (218) 692-4027 or .  



Explore Crosslake Committee Business Meeting June 7

CROSSLAKE - The Brainerd Lakes Chamber invites all Crosslake businesses to the Chamber’s Explore Crosslake meetings. 

The meetings are 8 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Golden Horizons Assisted Living Center, 13631 East Shore Road in Crosslake.

The purpose of the Explore Crosslake Committee is to: Create programs that ultimately promote or provide exposure for Crosslake businesses; encourage volunteerism within the business community to have a more active role in promoting Crosslake; provide business education to bring a greater benefit to Crosslake businesses; increase regular attendance at monthly meetings; continue to grow successful Crosslake events: WinterFest, St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration, Retail Tour, Crosslake in Bloom, Fourth of July, Big Fun Tuesdays, and Crosslake Days. 

For more information contact Cindy or Ruth Ann with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber Crosslake Office (218) 692-4027.


Gull Lake Yacht Club hosts Business After Hours June 14


 Join Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School as they host a Business After Hours 4:30 - 6 p.m. June 14, 19696 Love Lake Road, Brainerd.

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. 

Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event. So bring your business cards and get ready to network with other chamber members. Advanced registration is recommended.

For more information, go online to , or call 829-2838. 


Keller Williams Realty Brainerd Lakes hosts Business Before Hours June 15

Enjoy breakfast and learn more about Keller Williams Realty Brainerd Lakes and their services 7:30-8:30 a.m., June 15, at 14091 Baxter Drive, Suite 116, in Baxter.

Business Before Hours is a light breakfast and networking activity that allows members to be introduced and offers everyone an opportunity to promote their own business.

The cost to attend this event is $3 with advance reservations and $5 at the door. Advance registration is requested. For more information, go online to , or call 829-2838. 


Healing Garden ceremony pays tribute

 More than 50 people away from the annual Healing Garden Memorial Ceremony on May 29 to honor and commemorate loved ones. 

The short program included an invocation by Bill Fox, a reading of honors and memorials by Riverwood Foundation chairman Michael Paulbeck and two vocal performances by Miss Aitkin, Angelica Montano, and Carissa Herron.

The foundation holds a ceremony each year to commemorate those who have been honored through a brick, living flowers, tree or other memorial. The Healing Garden was created in 2003 to provide a place of peace and reflection for patients, their families, Riverwood employees and all members of the community. 

For more information, contact Katie Nelson at (218) 927-5158 or




United Way honors U.S. Bank with award

United Way honored U.S. Bank with the 2011 Spirit of America Award to recognize the company and its employees’ commitment to improving the financial stability of individuals, families and local communities. 

Microsoft Corporation, Bank of America, Procter & Gamble and Dominion Resources, Inc. also received Summit awards for generosity, volunteerism and measurable community impact. 





Essentia Health hosts communuity health symposium

Essentia Health is hosting the 15th annual Community Health Symposium on Thursday, August 11 focusing on specific ways to “Live Life with Sanity and Satisfaction” based on Dr. Richard A. Swenson book: “Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial,and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives.”

With the symposium learn how to: Gain needed time reserves; have more time and energy for family, faith, and friends; slow the frenzied pace of living; understand and correct stress and overload; find freedom through simplicity and contentment; gain more emotional buoyancy and resilience; create margin for the things that matter most; focus on essential priorities; maintain your equilibrium in rapidly changing conditions.





Sony probing claim hackers stole user information

LONDON (AP) - Sony has been hit by a second massive data breach, hackers claim, another potential embarrassment for a company that is struggling to restore its image following the loss of millions of credit card numbers through its PlayStation Network.

The hackers, who call themselves LulzSec, said they pulled off what they described as an elementary attack to highlight Sony’s “disgraceful” security.

“Every bit of data we took wasn’t encrypted. Sony stored over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plaintext, which means it’s just a matter of taking it,” LulzSec said in a statement. “They were asking for it.”

Sony Pictures, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, said Thursday it is aware of the LulzSec statement.


Obama salutes winner of top architecture prize

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama praised the winner of a top architecture prize Thursday for embodying a style that is, in his words, as “effortless as it is beautiful.”

Obama lauded Eduardo Souto de Moura of Portugal at an awards ceremony where de Moura was receiving the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The esteemed prize is often referred to as the Nobel Prize for architecture.

De Moura has won acclaim for his careful use of natural materials and unexpected dashes of color. He has designed homes, hotels, museums, sports facilities and other structures, mainly in his native country but also elsewhere in Europe.

“His simple shapes and clean lines always fit seamlessly into the surroundings,” Obama said.


IRS chief apologizes for employees’ rudeness

WASHINGTON (AP) - The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service has apologized personally to three identity theft victims who say they were treated rudely by IRS employees.

Douglas Shulman on Thursday told a House hearing on identity theft that his employees need to walk in taxpayers’ shoes.

Shulman, however, insisted the IRS takes identity theft seriously and has stepped up measures to prevent it.


Moody’s warns government on possible debt downgrade

WASHINGTON (AP) - A credit rating agency is warning the U.S. government that it could lose its sterling debt rating if Congress and the Obama administration don’t reach an agreement to raise the nation’s borrowing limit. 

Moody’s Investors Service said Thursday that if the parties fail to make progress soon, it would put the U.S. rating under review for a possible downgrade. 

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