Business Notes June 26

CAREER Carlson earns credential in upper limb rehabilitation BAXTER--Sara Carlson, occupational therapist at Select Therapy in Baxter, earned the certified hand therapist designation after completing all required examinations and clinical studies...




Carlson earns credential in upper limb rehabilitation

BAXTER-Sara Carlson, occupational therapist at Select Therapy in Baxter, earned the certified hand therapist designation after completing all required examinations and clinical studies in May 2016.

The Hand Therapy Certification Commission, Inc., the recognized specialist in hand therapy certification worldwide, announced Carlson met all requirements set forth by the commission. These requirements include at least five years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist, a minimum of 4,000 hours in direct practice in hand therapy, and successful completion of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper limb rehabilitation. There are about 5,800 individuals worldwide hold this marked designation.


According to Dr. Roy Meals, a hand surgeon at UCLA, many physicians direct patients to Certified Hand Therapists to ensure good results after hand surgery. "Treatment of most hand conditions requires modulation of scar tissue," Meals said.

Carlson has been an OT since 2004 and has practiced in Minnesota since that time primarily as an outpatient therapist. She started the OT program at Select Therapy in January 2015.



Isom joins Exit Lakes Realty

Jeff Isom is a new addition to Exit Lakes Realty Premier and The Chad Schwendemen Group.

Before a real estate career, Isom was with Lake Country Toyota, Best Buy, Gander Mountain or Reeds Sporting Goods. Exit reports Isom has extensive experience in sales and customer service.



Sundberg gains honor

Dinah Sundberg of the Edina Realty Baxter office was recently named the Minnesota Certified Residential Specialist of the Year by the state's CRS chapter.

Sundberg served as the Minnesota CRS district representative for the Brainerd lakes area since 2012 and has been instrumental in bringing three one-day courses to her region. She has also been an active member of the Minnesota CRS board of directors since 2012. Dinah has recruited several new members to CRS and has always been a strong advocate of the CRS educational programs.



Strom joins Brainerd Savings & Loan

David Strom joined Brainerd Savings & Loan as a new real estate lending representative in Baxter and serving the greater Brainerd, Baxter and Crosslake area.

Strom has over 20 years of mortgage banking and mortgage origination experience including 10 years in sales management.


Strom is a veteran of U.S. Navy.



Sundberg attends Questar Capital Elite Producer Conference

Glen Sundberg, Lakes Financial services, Brainerd attended Questar Capital Elite Producer Conference in Beaver Creek Colorado in June.

The top Questar Capital Producers from the country met for a few days to discuss current financial issues, changing regulation, customer service, and brainstorming on best practices. Questar Capital is a broker/dealer that is a subsidiary of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. Questar Capital has over 650 representatives. Sundberg was one of the top producers invited to attend. He is the owner of Lakes Financial Services, and has over 20 years of investment experience.




Hennen joins WSN

Widseth Smith Nolting recently welcomed Scott Hennen to its Brainerd engineering team.

After having worked at WSN on a seasonal basis for the past two years, Hennen now joins the WSN team as a full-time graduate engineer.

During his previous employment at WSN, Hennen was responsible for design drafting and surveying. He also provided staking and construction observation on a variety of municipal engineering projects including street and highway improvements, water and sewer systems, and wastewater treatment systems.

Hennen will contribute to the civil engineering team by assisting in interpreting design criteria and developing site plans. He will also be involved in construction observation and administration, design development, working drawings, and construction budget analysis.



Lunch and Learn: Widening Economic Inequality in Minnesota Counties


Lunch and Learn, July 12, is a program sponsored by Lakes Area Unlimited Learning and the Cuyuna Chamber.

Since the last census and 2015 mini-census, major demographic changes have occurred in Minnesota. Thomas Legg, retired Applied Finance professor at University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management has been studying this issue for several years. He draws on work done as a volunteer with the non-profit policy analysis group, Growth and Justice. His articles have appeared in the Star Tribune, local media and have been requested by legislative committees. He will explain the widening economic differences by county and how it might affect businesses, public resources in Crow Wing County and the state. Legg is now a resident of Aitkin County. This event is co-sponsored with the Cuyuna Chamber and is free to the general public. Legg will present 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 12, at Heartwood Senior Living, 500 Heartwood Drive, Crosby. Those who would like a $10 box lunch, are asked to reserve by July 7 by calling Ellie at 651-270-0708 to reserve lunch and pay at 11:30 a.m. on the day of arrival.

Chamber members may contact Cathy Picek at 218-212-1938. Participants may also bring their own lunch. Everyone is welcome to this free event.


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