Business Notes - Oct. 13

Business events and notes from around the Brainerd lakes area.


Business After Hours set in Deerwood

Join Deerwood Technologies and Deerwood American Legion as they host Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at 23659 Forest Road, Deerwood. Chamber members and the general public are invited to learn more about Cuyuna Lanes and gain exposure for their business by attending this event. Chamber members will have the opportunity to pass the microphone and introduce themselves to the group, network and build relationships while having hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and more.

Attendees are encouraged to bring door prizes for raffle drawings.

As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is recommended. To make a reservation or for more information, go online at or call the chamber office at 218-546-8131 or email

Cuyuna Lakes Chamber annual dinner set Oct. 24

The Cuyuna Lakes at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner, Under the Harvest Moon, to celebrate the end of summer, beginning of autumn and business networking is planned Oct. 24 at the Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd.

Participants will have the opportunity for cocktails and a meal of locally sourced foods from 3 Cheers Hospitality Catering served at tables decorated for fall. Under the Harvest Moon will be a harvest-themed event with a social hour saluting former Executive Director Jessica Vukelich starting at 5:30 p.m. together with a wine and craft beer raffle. The dinner program at 6:30 p.m. will include comments by Chamber President Matt Larson and a keynote presentation by Paul Kirkman and Paul VanderWaal, the owners of Victual and Rave Creamworks. They will speak about their new business that opened in Crosby this past summer.


We will also honor at the event, the 2019 Cuyuna Lakes Volunteer of the Year will be presented to Project Revive’s Kerrie Erikstrup, Randy Evans, Michelle LeMieur, and Johnna Johnson for bringing aesthetic beauty to downtown Crosby and rebranding the area as the Cuyuna Lakes. The “Lakes Proud” Entrepreneur of the Year will be awarded to Vern and Teffany Lewis who this year opened the Red Rider Resort next to the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

On the dinner menu will be a buffet of braised short ribs, almond crusted walleye with dill tartar aioli, sweet potato puree, bacon braised baby round potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts and a mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing served with fresh ciabatta and focaccia. During the social, bruschetta and buffalo chicken wontons will be available.

Special thanks to 3 Cheers Hospitality, American Peat Technology, Backyard Greenhouse, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Deerwood Bank, NP Space, Perfection Dock and Lift and Range Disposal for their support of the event. Tickets are $50 per person; reserved tables for eight are $450 and reserved tables for 12 are $650. A bottle of House Red or White wine will be offered for $12.

Dressy casual attire is suggested. Reservations should be made by Friday, October 18 and can be made online at or by calling 218-546-8131.

Jefferson Lines commemorates 100th anniversary

Jefferson Lines commemorated its 100th anniversary with a celebration at Union Depot in St. Paul, Sept. 19.

The event included a reception for employees, retirees, industry leaders, local government officials, business partners and other valued guests. Founded in September 1919, Jefferson Lines established itself as a major bus operator in Minnesota and today provides passenger service connections to over 65 communities throughout the state and operates over a million miles in Minnesota annually. In addition, the company serves hundreds of communities in 13 states throughout the Midwest.

"We are proud to be celebrating such a significant milestone in our history. Jefferson Lines provides essential transportation services throughout Minnesota with the most modern, reliable and innovative forms of transportation available,” states Steve Woelfel, President and CEO of Jefferson Lines, in a news release. “Our founding culture of service and innovation continues to be at the heart of Jefferson Lines today.”

Jefferson Lines hosted the evening reception along with a brief program of speakers including Jefferson Chairman Charlie Zelle, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.


Complete details of Jefferson’s 100-year history can be found at , which contains a historic video and timeline throughout the years.

Jefferson Lines is one of the nation’s largest and most established motor coach operators being founded in 1919. Jefferson provides intercity transportation throughout America’s Heartland serving thousands of communities. Its area of service expands over 14 states from Wisconsin to Washington and Minnesota to Arkansas, serving over 4,000 locations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Jungbauer to lead Minnesota Chamber Board

Molly Jungbauer will lead the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as its 2019-20 chair.

Also elected to a second board term, she is CEO of Hollstadt Consulting in Mendota Heights and lives in White Bear Lake.

The chamber elected new officers and board members in August, and they will formally begin at the Minnesota Chamber’s Annual Meeting on Nov. 21 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America.

The volunteer board represents businesses of all types and sizes across Minnesota. These business leaders are responsible for setting a public policy agenda to improve Minnesota’s business climate, and for shaping the Chamber’s workforce efforts and one-on-one business assistance programs that help businesses succeed in a changing and growing economy.

Other Minnesota Chamber officers are: chair-elect – Mike McMahan, Allina Health, Minneapolis; secretary-treasurer – Stephanie Laitala-Rupp, Commonwealth Properties, St. Paul; immediate past chair – David Ahlers, Graco, Minneapolis.

“The Minnesota Chamber is focused on pursuing policies that foster Minnesota businesses’ ability to provide economic opportunity for all citizens statewide and to strengthen their ability to compete in national and global markets,” Jungbauer stated, in a news release. “This includes creating a more competitive tax and regulatory environment and defining an appropriate role for government at every level.”


President Doug Loon underscored the breadth and scope of the Minnesota Chamber Board. “We truly have the pulse of a cross-section of employers. We see and hear firsthand their individual and collective opportunities and challenges, which help build our legislative and program priorities.”

New directors elected to three-year terms are:

  • Alyza Bohbot, Alakef/City Girl Coffee, Duluth/Minneapolis.

  • Jill Bollettieri, Post Consumer Brands, LLC, Lakeville.

  • Linnea Burman, Medtronic Ltd., Minneapolis.

  • Kristi Carlson, Best Buy, Richfield.

  • Paul Dottle, General Mills, Inc., Minneapolis.

  • William Hale, Cargill, Inc., Wayzata.

  • Bill Keegan, Dem-Con Companies, Shakopee.

  • Brooke Lee, Anchor Paper Co., St. Paul.

  • Laura Oberst, Wells Fargo, Minneapolis.

  • Bart Prins, Taylor Corporation, Eden Prairie.

  • Al Rudeck, ALLETE Clean Energy, Duluth.

  • Carlos Seoane, Extempore, St. Paul.

Directors elected to their second three-year terms are:

  • Toby Broberg, Delta Air Lines, St. Paul.

  • Jeff Grev, Hormel Foods Corporation, Austin.

  • Matthew Lemke, Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, St. Paul.

Matt Kilian, president of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, and Angie Whitcomb, president of the Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau, will represent the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Fred Bobich of Sugar Lake Lodge, Grand Rapids, will represent the past board chairs.

The Minnesota Chamber is a statewide organization representing more than 2,300 businesses of all types and sizes – and more than half a million employees – throughout Minnesota.

Roundhouse Brewery to host Business After Hours

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce networking event Business After Hours will be 4:30-6 p.m. Nov. 26 at Roundhouse Brewery, 1551 Northern Pacific Road, Brainerd.

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