Minnesota Medical Association honors Tweed
Jodie Tweed, Brainerd Dispatch staff writer and editor of HealthWatch, the Dispatch’s quarterly health magazine, was awarded the Excellence in Medical Journalism Award by the Minnesota Medical Association and the Minnesota Medical Association Foundation.
Tweed was presented with the award Wednesday at the newspaper offices by Dennis Kelly, chief executive officer for the Minnesota Medical Association Foundation, and Dr. Jim Dehen, past-president of the Minnesota Medical Association and surgeon at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.
Tweed was honored for “Infertility: Heartache and Hope,” a cover story published in the April edition of HealthWatch.
The award is given annually to a journalist for contributing to a better public understanding of medicine and health in the state of Minnesota. It is the only award presented by the MMA and MMA Foundation to a non-physician.
Minnesota Patriot Guard receives $750
Benita Tautges, the owner of Canteen Bar & Grill along with the Platte Lake Property Owners’ Association donated $750 to the Minnesota Patriot Guard.
Platte Lake Property Owners’ Association donates a percentage of profits to the area in which sites are located, the Canteen Bar & Grill, Little Falls, BayView Bar & Grill, Onamia, Jr’s Junction, Pine Center, and Looney Bend, Hillman.
CenterPoint Energy receives J.D. Power ranking
CenterPoint Energy ranked No. 1 among the largest Midwest Region utilities in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Residential Gas Utility Customer Satisfaction Study.
CenterPoint Energy has ranked among the top Midwest Region utilities in either first or second place for eight of the past 10 years the study has been conducted.
Tal Centers, division regional vice president of Gas Operations for CenterPoint Energy said this year, the company’s customers gave it the highest scores for price, field service and communications about gas safety and how to lower energy costs. Customers said CenterPoint Energy was doing more to enhance their experience in the area of billing and account services, Centers said.
The J.D. Power study reports it’s a comprehensive evaluation of customers’ attitudes in six different categories: billing and payment, price, corporate citizenship, communications, field service and customer service. CenterPoint Energy’s overall customer satisfaction index score was 38 points above the Midwest Region large segment average.
Governor’s Task Force on Broadband named
One week after hosting a Job Summit focused on strengthening Minnesota’s infrastructure and fostering a strong business climate, Gov. Mark Dayton appointed 15 members to a Governor’s Task Force on Broadband.
The task force is charged with developing policies to promote the expansion of expand broadband access in Minnesota. Dayton’s stated goal is “border-to-border” high-speed Internet and cell phone access throughout Minnesota.
According to Dayton, the task force will develop an action plan for identifying and correcting disparities in access and adoption of broadband in all Minnesota communities — urban, rural, and suburban. Dayton says that action plan will help ensure that residential homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses have access to the technology and information resources they need to thrive in a global economy.
Members of the task force, represent a balance of broadband interests, including consumers, business and residential users, educational and health care institutions, traditional telephone and cable companies, wireless providers as well as metro and rural local units of government.
Members of the task force represent a cross-section of broadband interests, including consumers, business and residential users, educational and healthcare institutions, telephone and cable companies, wireless providers, and government. Members appointed to the task force with area connections, include: Maureen Ideker, director of Telehealth, Essential Health; Keith Modglin, Information Systems director for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
Burnard becomes Tastefully Simple consultant
Beth Burnard of Brainerd joined Tastefully Simple, a national direct sales company, as an independent consultant.
As an independent business owner, Burnard offers samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes, serving suggestions.
Water quality violations cost Long Prairie Packing Co. $52,000
Long Prairie Packing Co. and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recently reached an agreement that requires the company to pay $52,000 for alleged water quality violations.
The violations occurred between fall 2009 and spring 2010 at the company’s facility in Long Prairie.
According to MPCA staff inspection reports, the company improperly stockpiled and land applied industrial byproducts, and failed to maintain a required 600-foot land application setback from surface waters at seven sites. Some of the land applications occurred within farmed wetlands. The company also failed to notify the MPCA or immediately recover blood-contaminated leachate which spilled out of a Dumpster and a large storage tote; improperly stored more than 500 gallons of used oil; and operated parts of the facility without a required federal and state industrial stormwater permit.
Of the $52,000 civil penalty, half will be paid to the MPCA, and half will be spent on completing a supplemental environmental project. Long Prairie Packing Co. plans to construct an industrial anaerobic digester near the plant that will reduce the amount and toxicity of pollutants entering area waters, and significantly reduce the land application of industrial byproducts. The digester will produce biogas, which will help reduce dependency on coal-powered energy sources. The company has also completed a series of required corrective actions.
When calculating penalties, the MPCA takes into account how seriously the violation affected the environment, whether it is a first-time or repeat violation, and how promptly the violation was reported to appropriate authorities. It also attempts to recover the calculated economic benefit gained by failure to comply with environmental laws in a timely manner. For a comprehensive list of enforcement actions by the MPCA, refer to the agency’s website at www.pca.state.mn.us.
WM Recycle America earns certification
WM Recycle America, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc., announced that all seven of its eCycling facilities have earned certification to the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment.
Older electronics may contain potentially harmful materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium, but also contain valuable materials that can be reclaimed for use in new devices. To help ensure proper handling of this e-waste, this certification requires participating companies to implement an environmental, health and safety management system that tracks materials and helps reduce emissions and worker exposure during electronics recycling operations. Companies must exercise due diligence to help ensure safe and accountable handling of e-waste throughout the recycling chain, both domestically and internationally.
Adventure firm opens office in Minneapolis
Adventure, a full-service advertising agency with offices in Brainerd, announced it will open a new office and photo studio in the Minneapolis, at 4850 35th St. W., on Dec. 1.
The firm also has an office in St. Cloud.
“The new office is a next step in growth towards the progressive Twin Cities advertising agency environment,” says Scott Mitchell, principal at Adventure, said in a news release. “We have been very successful contributing to many national leadership brands, and enjoy relationships with clients located all over North America. So location has never limited our success. We do look forward to sharing the creative culture, people, and being closer to some of the companies we partner with as resources in the Twin Cities.”
The other company principal, John Linn, leads Adventure Studios which operates independently yet complements the advertising agency’s capabilities. “Adventure Studios had over 200 on-location production days across the country and in Mexico this year,” says Linn. “Our Twin Cities studio will allow us to be a greater resource to advertising agencies and in-house creative departments.
It will also provide simplified travel opportunities.” For out-of-studio productions, Adventure Studios will continue to work out of their 32-foot production recreational vehicle, an enclosed grip trailer, a 30-foot enclosed vehicle trailer, and their unique photo boat with its 25-foot wide raised shooting platform.
The new Adventure office will be located in the West Lake Calhoun area of Minneapolis, which will be shared space with SixSpeed. Adventure and SixSpeed have enjoyed a professional camaraderie for several years, and regularly provide creative solutions for clients cooperatively. This will be a new location for both companies.
Chamber to sponsor Business After Hours
LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct its next Business After Hours networking event 4:30-6 p.m. Nov. 21 with event host Pine Country Bank, 1201 First Ave. N.E. in Little Falls.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to all chamber members and their employees. For more information, call the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at (320) 632-5155. No RSVP needed.
CLC offers QuickBooks Pro advanced accounting
Central Lakes College scheduled a two-night, computerized QuickBooks Pro Accounting Advanced course on the Brainerd campus.
The class meets from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 in Computer Lab C221. The fee is $99. This class will provide the advanced skills necessary to get more detail from the software package. The student will learn software features including, set up overview, preferences, customization, item detailing for inventory control, sales and purchase orders, bank reconciliation, and monthly reporting.
The instructor is Jay Bock.
Registration deadline is Nov. 30.
For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142, or email email@example.com, with online registration at http://clcmn.augusoft.net.
‘Serving It Safe’ is Dec. 8 in Brainerd
A ‘Serving It Safe’ review course is planned from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.
This course provides four hours of continuing education for certified food managers. It will address food sanitation and safety, emerging trends in food preparation and handling sanitation and prevention of food-borne illness.
Colette Pohlkamp is the instructor. Tuition is $70.
Deadline to register is Dec. 1.
For more information, call toll-free (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142, or 855-8142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at http://clcmn.augusoft.net.
Seminar focuses onworking with poverty
LITTLE FALLS — A Bridges Out of Poverty workshop is planned from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Initiative Foundation, Little Falls.
Based on the book Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities, this workshop provides both the social service provider and the community member key lessons in dealing with individuals in poverty. Topics include increasing awareness of the differences in economic cultures and how those differences affect opportunities for success.
Mille Lacs Band donates more than $33,000 in October
ONAMIA — The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe donated $33,813 in monetary and in-kind contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations and other charitable causes in October.
Each month the band and its businesses make contributions to community organizations including schools, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, food shelves and others in Minnesota and nationwide.
In October, the Mille Lacs Band donated $1,000 to the Great Plains Coalition of Native American Boy & Girls Clubs to assist with the organization’s healthy lifestyle initiatives. The Great Plains Coalition includes the Mille Lacs Band’s Boys & Girls Clubs, as well as other member organizations across the state and in Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Additionally, the band contributed $1,000 to the American Indian Community Development Corporation, an organization in Minneapolis dedicated to strengthening American Indian communities through housing and entrepreneurial programs. The band’s contribution helped fund the organization’s purchase of a new van. The band also donated $1,000 to the Aitkin County Citizen’s Committee to help establish a local helping hands for seniors program.
Donations raised for breast cancer patients
Breast cancer patients in the Brainerd lakes area received more than $8,000 in support in October through the Charter Media Women Rock efforts to support Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Breast Cancer program and the Pink Ribbon Cupboard.
The funds are used to support patients who are undergoing active treatment for breast cancer through non-medical assistance. The St. Joseph’s Foundation and Pink Ribbon Cupboard distribute to patients the following: gas cards, cab fare, post surgical garments, mortgage payments to prevent foreclosure, vehicle payments to prevent repossession, utilties, grocery gift cards. Attendance at the annual Pink Tie Party hosted by Charter Media doubled in size and funds raised. In addition, throughout the month of October customers at Prairie Bay, Cub Foods in Brainerd and Baxter, SuperValu in Pequot Lakes, and Lake Country Toyota were given opportunities to support local breast cancer patients as well.
Electronics drive to benefit youth education
DEERWOOD - An electronics recycling drive is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 10 to benefit continuing education for area youths through the Deerwood Technologies Scholarship Fund.
The event is at Deerwood Technologies, 21301 Archibald Road (at the corner of Highway 6 north and Archibald Road), Deerwood. All items are slated for an end-of-life environmentally safe facility in the U.S., Deerwood Technologies reported.
People may bring in computer towers, laptops and microwaves for $4 each; keyboards, routers and network hubs, cable boxes, VCRs, DVD and CD players, stereos and radios for $2 each; cell phones, extra cables, PDAs and MP3 players, digital cameras and camcorders and power supply/transformers for $1 each; printers, monitors and fax machines are 50 cents per pound; CDs are taken at no charge. No major appliances or televisions are being accepted.
For more information: visit www.deertech.com or email email@example.com.