Business Notes- Sept. 11

CAREER Hinton earns license in North Dakota Brian Hinton, PE, has earned his professional engineering license in the state of North Dakota. Hinton is also a registered professional engineer in Minnesota. He joined Widseth Smith Nolting earlier th...



Hinton earns license in North Dakota

Brian Hinton, PE, has earned his professional engineering license in the state of North Dakota. 

Hinton is also a registered professional engineer in Minnesota. He joined Widseth Smith Nolting earlier this year as director of electrical engineering. He is responsible for the design of various building projects in the industrial, educational, medical, and commercial markets, as well as the public sector, including all facets of electrical engineering.. 




Engen serves as mortgage loan officer

Mike Engen will serve as a mortgage loan officer in Crosslake and Brainerd serving the Brainerd lakes area. 

Engen has more than 14 years’ experience in mortgage lending and prior to working with Edina Realty Mortgage he also worked as a licensed real estate broker. 


Peltier speaks with area real estate agents

BAXTER - Bob Peltier, president of Edina Realty, Edina, spoke with Crosslake and Brainerd Realtors last week in Baxter. 


Peltier also introduced Greg Mason, president of Edina Realty Title and Joe Brown, president of Edina Realty Mortgage.


Wright joins Executive Express

NISSWA - Keith Wright of Nisswa joined Executive Express as a driver for its shuttle service from Brainerd to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport.  

Wright and his wife are founders of the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis. Wright brings five years experience to Executive Express, which recently expanded it schedule to offer 10 runs each day.



Horizon Health employees invited to summit


Tammy Jopp, RSVP director and Krisie Charnley, licensed social worker and Faith in Action director for Horizon Health, Inc., were invited to participate in an upcoming summit in St. Paul, entitled “Game Changers: Building Minnesota’s Future with the 50+ Talent.”  

Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon is scheduled to convene the summit on Sept. 27. The goal is to expand and improve upon the way in which volunteer organizations leverage the talents of those individuals 50 years and older and how to apply their skills, abilities, and passions to Minnesota’s priority issues.  

The event is being co-sponsored by the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Invisible Force, a collaboration of individuals and organizations who are working to promote and support civic engagement and volunteerism by those age 50 and older.   





Emblom Brenny to host Friday Morning Coffee

LITTLE FALLS - The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests to Friday Morning Coffee from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service, 900 First St. S.E. in Little Falls.

Announcements are at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is Emblom Brenny Funeral Service.  


Cardiovascular conference planned Sept. 28 in Baxter

BAXTER - The Brainerd Lakes Annual Cardiovascular Conference is planned from 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Heritage Assembly of God in Baxter. 

The conference brings together health care professionals; including nurses, physicians, cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, and EMS, to provide updates on new and changing treatments in the field of interventional cardiology and cardiac disease therapy. 

During the full day of education, participants will hear from a team of professionals that include invasive and non-invasive cardiologists, assistant professor of medicine, device/EP nurse clinician, exercise physiologist, and pharmacist. The day will conclude with an opportunity to tour the Brainerd Lakes Heart & Vascular Center at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center. 

Topics for the day include: Management of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm; STEMI Case Studies; Pacemakers and Defibrillators; Ventricular Assist Devices for Heart Failure; Wellness Coaching: A new approach to support our mastery of health and well-being; The Changing Scene in Cardiovascular Medications.

This day of education is being provided by the Brainerd Lakes Heart & Vascular Center at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Essentia Health St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic Heart & Vascular Center, and the Central Minnesota Heart Center.

The program has been designed to meet criteria for continuing education of health care professionals. Participants will be awarded certificates that verify the completion of the course hours. It is the responsibility of the participants to determine if the program meets the criteria for licensure and/or continuing education. Up to 5.9 contact hours/credits are available.

Tuition is $65 including a comprehensive course syllabus, continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, call Kimberly at 828-7414.





CLC to host vehicle inspector recertification classes

Commercial vehicle inspector recertification classes will be offered at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, with a choice of either Sept. 30 or Feb. 17, 2012 to take the class.

Both the Sept. 30 and Feb. 17 classes are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Business and Industry Center at CLC.

The class fee is $90, including a $10-per-student fee required by the state and all course materials. Instructor is Douglas Brown of the Minnesota State Patrol.

Questions about the Minnesota Annual Inspection program may be answered by contacting the Minnesota State Patrol at (651) 405-6171. Please register at least seven days in advance for the class of your choice. For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.


Dine and Discover session focuses on caregivers

PIERZ - Horizon Health Inc.’s Faith in Action, along with Home Savings of America, announce their upcoming “Dine and Discover – Let’s Focus on You, the Caregiver.” 

The next Dine and Discover session is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at Horizon Health’s Community Room in Pierz. A free will donation will be accepted for this seminar and lunch. Registration is required by calling Horizon Health at (320) 468-6451 or (800) 224-6451 before Friday.


Collage of Sustainability Workshop planned in Pine River

PINE RIVER - An informational symposium will be hosted by the Hunt Utilities Group in Pine River 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 13. 

This symposium is in conjunction with the ongoing two year Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Planning Grant received by the Region Five Development Commission. This cooperative regional planning project includes the areas of transportation, housing, land use and economic development which also includes energy and local foods.  

Expert speakers in each discipline have been invited to share their knowledge with participants. Ten breakout sessions are being offered; participants may choose five. There is no cost to attend but, people must pre-register. The workshop is limited to the first 100 people to respond. The public is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Anne at Region Five at (218) 894-3233 or email .


Budgeting, personal finance, money management basics

Jay Bock will teach a two-hour course, “Budgeting, Personal Finance, and Money Management Basics,” in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College.

The course is free and offered with a choice of two dates from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 26 or Oct. 10. Space is limited to 25.

The course will also review making a major purchase including buying a home. It is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Realtors Association.

For more information, call the B & I Center, (800) 933-0346 (ext. 8142) or 855-8142.


Lakewood presents free seminar

STAPLES - Lakewood Health System will host an educational event on arthritis, joint pain and joint replacement. 

The event is planned at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in Lakewood’s Main Campus Classrooms. 

Titled “Arthritis: Restoring Your Mobility, Restoring Your Life,” the free seminar will be presented by Dr. Christopher Metz, orthopedic surgeon with Northern Orthopedic Ltd. and Lakewood Health System. Following the presentation, Metz, members of the Lakewood Joint Connection team and previous Joint Connection patients will be available to answer audience questions. 

RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by calling Gayle Christenson at (218) 894-8623. 


Real Estate 1 to start Sept. 19 at CLC

Real Estate 1, a three-course series required for obtaining the Minnesota Real Estate license, is planned from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19-Oct. 6 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Bob Welch is the instructor for classes that are in the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus. Use entrance No. 6. A single book covers Real Estate 1, 2, and 3.

Tuition is $300, including the book.

Registration must be completed by Sept. 12. For information call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or (218) 855-8142.


Unlicensed Power Limited courses offered at CLC

Central Lakes College, Brainerd, will host two Unlicensed Power Limited courses on Wednesday, Sept. 21 in the Business and Industry Center.

The first is a general course from 10 a.m. to noon covering topics such as requirements for electrical installations, wiring and protection, cable trays, information technology equipment, remote controls, signaling, and power limited circuits, and fire alarms.

The second is from 1 to 3 p.m. and is a course on telecommunications, with topics to include wiring methods and materials, optical fiber cable and raceways, community antennae, television and radio distribution systems, and broad-band.

It is suggested that each student have the NEC Code Book.

The fee for each course is $50.

The deadline to register and make payment is Sept. 14. For information or to register call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or (218) 855-8142.


‘Power Limited’ course offered at CLC

Central Lakes College, Brainerd, will host a continuing education course for holders of the Minnesota Power-Limited Technician License on 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22 and  Sept. 23 from in the Business and Industry Center.

The course consists of 16 hours of instruction covering applicable articles and sections of the 2008 National Electrical Code, Minnesota statutes and rules governing electrical work, and a review of the basic elements of electricity and electrical calculations.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota State Board of Electricity.

Students must have a calculator and the 2005 or 2008 NEC Code Book. Code books are available in class for $82.

Tuition is $300 and includes lunch.

The course is offered in collaboration with Riverland Community College.

The deadline to register is Sept. 15. For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.


Certified lead renovator course scheduled

A course at Central Lakes College will train individuals how to become certified lead-based paint renovators. The course offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Business and Industry Center (entrance 6) on the Brainerd campus relates proper lead safety work practices.

Mid-Minnesota Builders Association members pay $200, non-members $225. Deadline to register is Sept. 16. For more information, call (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142, or 855-8142.  




Riverwood Healthcare earns surgery safety award 

AITKIN - Riverwood Healthcare Center announced it is the recipient of a Safe Site award from the Minnesota Hospital Association. 

The Safe Site campaign has 120 participating hospitals and surgical centers. Launched in December 2007, the campaign aims to prevent wrong-site and wrong-patient procedures. 


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Questions are welcome through e-mail or by calling 855-5852. 

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