Business Notes- Sept. 25

CAREER Loss achieves Cicerone status Adventure art director Jon Loss has achieved what reportedly eight others have accomplished in the entire state of Minnesota by earning Cicerone status as a connoisseur of beer. All aspects of beer, from the h...



Loss achieves 

Cicerone status

Adventure art director Jon Loss has achieved what reportedly eight others have accomplished in the entire state of Minnesota by earning Cicerone status as a connoisseur of beer.


All aspects of beer, from the history and culture to the science of brewing it and pairing different beer styles with foods and seasons are covered. 

To gain certification, applicants undergo a written exam and a taste test in front of a sensory panel. Candidates have to identify beers by style and determine “off flavors,” ingredients by taste alone. Loss intends to use his Cicerone certification to consult with restaurants and educate their staff about beer-food pairings, as well as proper draft line and storage practices.


Lang joins Central 

Lakes Medical Clinic

CROSBY - Central Lakes Medical Clinic and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center recently welcomed Dr. Camille Lang to the medical campus in Crosby. 

Lang is a family medicine physician with a special interest in obstetrics, pediatrics and sports medicine. 

Originally from Paynesville, she fulfilled her undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota Morris and received her degree in medicine from St. George’s University in St. George’s Grenada. Her Family Medicine residency was completed at the University of Minnesota’s Family Medicine Residency program in St. Cloud.  



Behymer joins 

Deerwood Technologies

DEERWOOD - Dan Behymer joined Deerwood Technologies as a process engineer.

Behymer has more than 24 years experience in quality engineering and management in the technology hardware business. Behymer’s knowledge includes process documentation and development. He has managed a number of product design and development projects, and was a key contributor in the receipt of an ISO 9000 certification, on first audit, and in the achievement of ‘Supplier of the Year’ recognition.  

Behymer has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Industrial Technology and Education and has received certifications in Six Sigma methodology - Green Belt and Design for Six Sigma. Behymer and his wife, Gladys, moved to the Brainerd lakes region in the summer of 2011. 

Gaalswyk received Top 

Women in Finance Award


Kathy Gaalswyk received a Top Women in Finance Award by Finance and Commerce. 

The award honors outstanding efforts of women who are making notable contributions to their professions, their communities and society at large throughout Minnesota. 

Gaalswyk is president of the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation, a nonprofit that provides loans to growing businesses. She has led the foundation since it was started by the McKnight Foundation 25 years ago.

“This year we honor four CEO’s, six partners and shareholders, several presidents and a few business owners,” said Steve Jahn, vice president and publisher of Finance & Commerce Inc. “The honorees represent a very strong showing of some of the top women in the Minnesota business community.”

The 50 honorees will receive their awards Nov. 10 at the Hyatt Regency - Minneapolis.  


Stokke joins Northern

Psychiatric Associates

BAXTER - Libbie S. Stokke joined Northern Psychiatric Associates, Baxter, as a student psychiatric nurse practitioner.  

Stokke is currently enrolled in the University of Missouri Psychiatric Mental Health Program. She has been in the nursing profession for 15 years as a family nurse practitioner and enjoys providing primary care services to all age groups. 

Northern Psychiatric Associates is a private mental health clinic in Baxter. Patients from children to elderly are provided psychiatric medication management and psychological services.


Witt joins Tri-County

Health Care in Wadena

WADENA - Jamie Witt joined Tri-County Health Care, Wadena, in August as its newest physician assistant. 

She will be available at all clinic sites, as well as, Fair Oaks Lodge.

Witt attended St. Mary’s Junior College and in 1986 she received her Associate in Applied Science degree in respiratory therapy. In 1994, she completed her undergraduate degree at Metropolitan State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in business. In 2004, she received her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

Witt specializes in pulmonary and sleep medicine and has previous experience in both the clinic and hospital settings. Her other medical interests include diabetes and preventative medicine.

Physician assistants evaluate, treat and manage a wide array of diseases, symptoms and illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory infections, arthritis and many other acute and chronic medical conditions.




Pink Tie Party

planned Oct. 6

The second annual Pink Tie Party is planned  6-9 p.m. Oct. 6 at Prairie Bay in Baxter. 

The Pink Tie Party is an event in support of the fight against breast cancer in the Brainerd lakes area. This event is in collaboration with Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Foundation, The Pink Ribbon Cupboard and Riddle’s Jewelry.  

The Pink Tie Party will feature hors d’oeuvres, dessert samples, one complementary cocktail (with each ticket purchase), music and a silent auction.

All proceeds benefit breast cancer patients through St. Joseph’s Foundation at the Essentia Health Cancer Center and The Pink Ribbon Cupboard. Last year the Pink Tie Party raised more than $4,000. In addition to the silent auction, the event will feature a reverse raffle of a diamond bracelet donated by Riddle’s Jewelry.

Shelli Urness, director of St. Joseph Foundation, said all money raised will stay local to help the men and women in the community undergoing breast cancer treatment. 

Tickets may be acquired through Kristin Larsen of Charter Media, Prairie Bay Grill & Catering, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center Gift Shop and Riddle’s Jewelry located in the Westgate Mall. Tickets are $25 per person and will also include a coupon for a complementary cocktail. For more information, contact Kristin Larsen at (218) 259-5771.




Law enforcement 

scholarship opens 

for students

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl announced the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2011 is now open.    

The Minnesota Sheriff’s Association will be awarding of up to 15 - $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 Sheriffs of the state of Minnesota.    

The members of the MSA give special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two- or four-year law enforcement degree colleges, therefore the scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories: Mandated POST Skills Programs; in their second year of a two year law enforcement program; in their third or fourth year of a four-year college criminal justice program   

The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Applications forms and a statement of procedures are now available at the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office or on-line at . Applications must be returned to the sheriff’s office no later than Oct. 15.    

Scholarship awards will be announced by Dec. 31.  




Region Five receives national 2011 Innovation Award

STAPLES - The Region Five Development Commission, based in Staples, recently received a 2011 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation for its Coordinated Government Service Delivery initiative.   

Region Five has convened county administrator meetings since 2007.  The initiative coordinates government services by gathering county administrators each quarter to discuss ways in which they can collaborate. For more than 20 years, NADO’s Innovation Award has provided regional development organizations throughout the nation a unique opportunity to showcase their important work and their critical role in promoting economic development for rural and small communities.

NADO is a Washington, D.C.-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. Award winners will be showcased during NADO’s 2011 Annual Training Conference, Oct. 8-11 in Miami. Region Five’s Executive Director Cheryal Lee Hills will accept the award on behalf of the region.


Rutledge gains recognition

CM Rutledge, 1 Life Tattoo, Brainerd, attended three conventions, at Council Bluffs, Iowa, Denver and Duluth, gaining awards. 

In Denver, Rutledge won a second place award  in the category of Medium Traditional category, for a tattoo he completed while there. At the Tattoo You Tattoo Convention near Duluth, Rutledge won eight awards for tattoos completed before and during the convention. 

The categories and places were: first place Small Color for Women category; first place Traditional category; first place Large Color for Men category; first place Medium Color for Men category; second place Large Color for Men category; second place Floral/Wildlife category; third place Large Color for Women category; third place Medium Color for Women category. 

Crow Wing Power announces award

Crow Wing Power is seeking applications for the eighth annual Touchstone Energy Community Award, which recognizes businesses, nonprofit and community groups that have shown a strong commitment to the community.  

Anyone who has helped made the area a better place to live and work is eligible for the award. Organizations do not have to be a member of the cooperative, but must have served a community need within the service boundaries of Crow Wing Power in Cass, Crow Wing or Morrison counties. The recognition comes with a $500 cash prize to be donated to a community service project of choice.

Community members may nominate a group, association or business by completing an application form, available at Crow Wing Power or online at . Questions may be directed to Char Kinzer or Jolene Jensen at 829-2827. The application will require a description of the project, program or event and the positive impact it brought to the community. Completed applications must be received at Crow Wing Power’s office by Oct. 28.

This year’s award recipient will be announced in early November and will contend for the statewide Touchstone Energy Community Award, which has a cash prize of $1,000. The statewide award winner will be recognized at the Minnesota Cooperative Energy Forum in February 2012. Last year, Life Center/Celebrate Recovery received the area award.  




AT&T contributes to BWCA firefighting efforts

AT&T contributed to the firefighting efforts in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area by deploying, at no cost to Lake County, an AT&T Remote Mobility Zone unit at the BWCA Fire Command Center, located at the Isabella Community Center, which allows the Sheriff’s department and local emergency officials and first responders coping with the disaster, to communicate with each other over AT&T’s network.  

The system bypasses the downed phone lines, and backhauls up to a satellite. AT&T reported this is one of the first times an ARMZ unit was deployed in an emergency situation, since it is new technology.


Submit a business note

To submit a business news note, contact Renee Richardson, senior reporter, by e-mail at , by fax to 829-0211, by mail to P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401, or via a drop box at the side of the Dispatch along the alley. 

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

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