Business Notes March 27

CAREER Morgan and Robinson join NJPA STAPLES--Lisa Morgan is the newest member of the NJPA Education Solutions Department, serving in the role of education program coordinator. Morgan has over 26 years of educational background and brings experie...

Lisa Morgan
Lisa Morgan


Morgan and Robinson join NJPA

STAPLES-Lisa Morgan is the newest member of the NJPA Education Solutions Department, serving in the role of education program coordinator.

Morgan has over 26 years of educational background and brings experiences from pre-school to higher education. In her new role, Morgan will work collaboratively with the Education Solutions team to ensure education programming continues to be effectively researched, planned, and implemented. She will focus on researching, planning, facilitating, and implementing professional development programs to deliver to school administration and staff. Lisa will work together with staff to market programs and coordinate special events for education in the region.

Morgan earned an early childhood certificate from Bank Street College, a bachelor's of science degree in elementary education and a master's of special studies reading consultant from St. Cloud State University, and Pre-kindergarten-12 grade administrative degree.


Robinson joined National Joint Powers Alliance as the contracts and compliance lead analyst. In this role, Robinson is responsible for the development and implementation of best practices in the processes for pre-solicitation, requests for proposal, invitations to bid, evaluation of proposals, and contract award. In addition, he monitors the contracting process to ensure accuracy, validity, and compliance, as well as documenting the outcomes of the contracts and compliance department.

Before joining NJPA, Robinson had a 20-plus year career as an attorney in private practice in the Brainerd lakes area. He engaged in litigation and trial work, estate planning, and business counseling during that time, with extensive experience in drafting, interpreting, and implementing legal documents. In addition, Robinson served as an economic development professional with Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation before becoming a member of the NJPA team.

Nisswa Yoga offers informational sessions

NISSWA-Nisswa Yoga will offer three free informational sessions for those interested in becoming a registered yoga teacher or those looking to deepen their understanding of yoga philosophy.

The sessions, held in cooperation with the Yoga Center of Minneapolis, will be offered from 6:45-7:45 p.m. April 12 and May 12 and again from 10:15-11:15 a.m. June 25.

Each session will give attendees additional information on what's involved in yoga study and teacher training.

Pre-registration for the free information sessions is recommended and can be made by visiting or 612-436-4700.



Horizon Health team members receive caregiver consultant certification

Angie Athman, Dacia Zimmerman and Kristine Hoheisel, Horizon Health's employees, recently received Caregiving Consultant Certifications.

This certification allows them to give personalized service that equips family caregivers with knowledge, skills and tools to achieve a balanced lifestyle while caring for another person. They will assist caregivers in identifying needs, values, facilitate goal setting and development of person-centered plan while providing ongoing coaching and support to the caregivers in reaching established goals. Horizon Health has two licensed social workers on staff to help community members with caregiving, senior support and Hospice support.

Horizon Health Faith in Action hosts monthly support group gatherings providing caregivers with a safe and supportive environment to share thoughts, ideas, concerns, tears, fears, and laughter. They meet monthly at 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in Little Falls at First United Church or monthly in Pierz at 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at Horizon Health's headquarters.

For information on Horizon Health's Caregiving Support Groups or if about any of the programs or services that Horizon Health offers, contact Dacia Zimmerman at 320-468-6451.


Deerwood Technologies offers scholarships

Deerwood Technologies is offering a $500 scholarship to two graduating seniors-one at Crosby-Ironton High School and one at Aitkin High School-who plan to attend any higher education institution.


To qualify for the scholarship a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.

Applicants are asked to submit an essay of 100 words or less and answer this question: How can technology benefit disadvantaged individuals, societies and countries? Applicants should also provide a list of their community involvement and volunteer activities.

Applications are available from the C-I High School and Aitkin High School counselor's offices.

Completed applications, a current grade transcript and two letters of reference can be mailed to Deerwood Technologies, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 393, Deerwood, MN 56444 to be received by April 25.

The scholarship will be awarded at each school's annual senior awards event. Scholarship payments will be issued to the institution of choice after the student has successfully completed his or her first academic term.




Chamber to host Sip and Savor fundraising event

The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber's Board of Directors is planning a local tasting event as a fundraiser for the chamber from 5-7 p.m. May 24 at Crosby's Memorial Park.

Craft beer and wine tastings provided by Barstock Liquors, appetizers and other specialties from local restaurants and caterers. Cost is $15 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.

Throughout the evening a solo cello performance will be provided by Scott Lykins of Lakes Area Music Festival and a silent auction is set to raise additional funds that will be used by the chamber to attract additional visitors to the area.

At the end of the evening, each participant will be asked to vote by ballot for their favorite appetizer. The winner will receive recognition by the chamber and the media.

The number of restaurants to be featured will be limited so please let Peggy Stebbins know as soon as possible if a restaurant has plans to participate by calling 218-545-4447 or sending a message to .





Otto Bremer Trust partners with Salvation Army

Thanks to a $362,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust, The Salvation Army is helping families in need across Minnesota. The grant money will be used to support programs that help people in crisis, as well as address basic needs in our communities.

Examples of where grant funds have already been helpful include: A single parent avoided eviction; a family of seven that was sharing a home with another family was able to move into a home for themselves; and a terminally ill parent of two found the help needed to ensure the family's children are cared for in the future.

"The Otto Bremer Trust has supported The Salvation Army for decades," explained Col. Robert Thomson, The Salvation Army Northern Division leader, in a news release. "This grant exemplifies how we are able to partner together to make a real difference in the communities we both call home."

The Salvation Army distributed the $362,000 grant among the following area communities with $25,000 going to Brainerd.

In Brainerd, the grant will help shore up crisis funds for families facing eviction, or other housing emergencies. The Salvation Army Northern Division has been serving Minnesota and North Dakota communities since 1886. Today the Northern Division serves in all 140 counties of both states, providing food, shelter, clothing, youth programs and other critical services to more than 480,000 people per year.


Edina Realty Foundation gives grants to local charities

The Edina Realty Foundation announced that the Brainerd office recently awarded grants to the Salvation Army, Staples Food Shelf, Onamia Food Shelf New Pathways, Garrison Food Shelf Dorothy's Rainbow, Lakes Area Food Shelf, Crosby Food Shelf, Motley Food Shelf and Project Share of Wadena.

"Our primary purpose is to help people buy and sell homes," said Judy Altrichter, foundation

representative, Edina Realty Brainerd office, in a news release. "But adequate shelter and other basic needs are a major issue for some people in our community. We are proud to support organizations like the Salvation Army, Staples Food Shelf, Onamia Food Shelf New Pathways, Garrison Food Shelf Dorothy's Rainbow, Lakes Area Food Shelf, Crosby Food Shelf, Motley Food Shelf and Project Share of Wadena that are helping provide vital services for people who need our support."

Created in 1996, the Edina Realty Foundation supports organizations that help homeless children, families and individuals in the communities where Edina Realty does business. Much of the grant money comes directly from real estate agents and employees as well as from Edina Realty Home Services real estate, title and mortgage companies. Edina Realty agents and employees hold events throughout the year to help raise additional contributions. To date, the Foundation has donated nearly $8 million.

On any given night, over 10,000 Minnesotans are homeless, according to Wilder Center research. The problem continues to grow: the number of Minnesotans who were homeless increased 6 percent between 2009 and 2012. Nearly half of homeless persons are under age 21, and one-third are children with their families.

For more information about the Edina Realty Foundation, visit or contact the Edina Realty Brainerd office, call 218-828-7000.


Wine and Cheese BusinessNOW event set Thursday

BAXTER - Join Northern Lakes Senior Living for their Wine and Cheese BusinessNOW Social Event from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday and tour their newly completed Memory Care section of their facility at 5:15 p.m. A formal Welcome and introductions will be given at 5:30 p.m. Place your business card in the basket for a chance to win prizes (a wine basket and a mystery prize). Must be present to win. Enter through the assisted living building at 8186 Excelsior Road, Baxter.


The Dispatch welcomes business notes submissions via email to , or fax to 218-829-0211, mail to Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401 or use the drop-off box in the alley next to the Dispatch building on James Street. Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 855-5852.

More business notes may be part of the Business Extra section in Monday's edition.

Chris Robinson

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