Person gains artistic excellence award
Jennifer Person was awarded the Artistic Excellence Award for her work with the 2011 Liturgy Day Concert.
She organized and directed the Lakes Area Ecumenical Chorus which sang with Marty Haugen and Fr. Michael Joncas, popular presenters and composers of liturgical music. Haugen said after giving concerts all over the world, he rarely has the opportunity to work with people as talented as the Lakes Area Ecumenical Chorus and Orchestra. Joncas has many liturgical recordings and scores of songs, including “On Eagles’ Wings.” He has served as an editor or a contributor for numerous hymnals by GIA and other publishers.
Haugen is a liturgical composer, workshop presenter, performing and recording artist and author. He has a number of published mass settings for Roman Catholic communities and a number of communion settings for Lutheran congregations. Marty has been a contributor to hymnals for many denominational groups.
Person is a chiropractor at Family Chiropractic in Baxter and pianist at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. She received the Cedarbrook Award for artistic excellence and musical passion in gathering an excellent group of vocalists. Cedarbrook Center organizes the annual Liturgy Day Concert and Workshop which brings nationally acclaimed liturgical composers to Brainerd.
Urban earns doctorate degree in nursing
STAPLES — Nicolle Uban, Lakewood Health System Certified Nurse Midwife, received a doctorate in nursing from the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral research explored postpartum stress in new mothers and the use of postpartum doulas (professionals trained to assist women with their physical and emotional needs post-delivery) to address gaps in social support for women following the birth of a child.
It’s estimated that roughly 19 percent of new mothers suffer from depression during the first year following the birth of a child. Uban says women who live in rural areas are often particularly vulnerable to the effects of postpartum depression because they tend to be isolated from the kinds of support and services that can help.
Uban practices the full range of midwifery care at Lakewood’s Staples and Browerville clinics, and also provides reproductive healthcare to women aged 16 to 60, including well-woman examinations, birth control consultations, hormone consultations, prenatal care, and labor and delivery support. Births attend by Uban take place at Lakewood’s hospital in Staples.
Nominations sought for trade awards
The Minnesota Trade Office is accepting nominations for the 27th Annual Governor’s International Trade Awards, which honor Minnesota companies that have excelled in the international marketplace.
Award recipients will be recognized by Gov. Mark Dayton at an awards luncheon in March. Awards will be given for export achievement in the manufacturing or service industries and the agricultural commodities or processed food industries.
Any Minnesota-based company is eligible to apply. Applications are available online at www.tinyurl.com/TradeAwards. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 17.
Applicants should provide a supporting narrative that shows: significant international business activity; growth in international business in at least the past three years, with continued likelihood of growth; increased or steady employment in Minnesota through the expansion of international trade activity; novel ideas or approaches to doing business internationally. Companies large and small are encouraged to apply.
Tri-County diabetes program is recognized
WADENA — The Tri‐County Health Care Diabetes Resource Program was awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association.
This program offers high‐quality diabetes education services to the patients it serves.
“The ADA Education Recognition Program can assure the public that our diabetes education program has met the National Standards for Diabetes Self‐Management Education Programs,” said Kathy Kleen, Tri‐County Health Care chief nursing officer, in a news release.
Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state‐of‐the‐art information about diabetes management for participants.
“Self‐management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment,” said Pam Doebbeling, RN, diabetes educator. The participant in an American Diabetes Association recognized program will be taught, as needed, self‐care skills that will promote better management of his/her diabetes treatment regimen. Patients who participate in the Tri‐County Health Diabetes Resource Program gain knowledge about the diabetes disease process, nutritional management, physical activity, medications, monitoring, preventing, detecting and treating acute complications.
Fitch affirms Thrivent Financial rating
Fitch Ratings affirmed Thrivent Financial for Lutherans AA (Very Strong) rating, the third-highest of Fitch’s 19 categories, and given the organization a stable outlook.
Fitch cited Thrivent Financial’s strong capitalization, conservative investment portfolio, consistent profitability, and favorable market position within the Lutheran market as part of the basis for the affirmation. The stable outlook was driven by the organization’s strong capital base and Fitch’s expectations that Thrivent Financial will sustain its solid operating performance in 2012.
Roberts appointed to Commission on Cancer
Dr. Walter Roberts, of Brainerd, recently received a three-year appointment as Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Roberts is among a national network of more than 1,600 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain, and support their facilities’ cancer program. Roberts, who has a significant interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with malignant diseases, is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer committee at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Cancer Liaison Physicians are responsible for spearheading CoC initiatives within their cancer program; collaborating with agencies, such as the American Cancer Society; and facilitating quality improvement initiatives utilizing data submitted to the CoC’s National Cancer Database. In an effort to assist the more than 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with cancer each year, Cancer Liaison Physicians at CoC-accredited programs also facilitate participation in the Commission’s Facility Information Profile System, which provide the public with information about resources, services, and annual cancer cases diagnosed at CoC-accredited facilities. These data are shared with the public through the CoC Web site at www.facs.org/cancer. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, and approximately 70 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients are treated in these institutions.
Cuyuna chamber elects officers
The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest board members and elected officers at its Jan. 10 board meeting.
Nadine Albrecht, owner of the Dairy Queen, and Kris Neff, of Heartwood Senior Living, are the newest additions to the board. Jon Rauen, of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, was named the president of the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber. Rauen has been a member of the board since 2007, and has served as treasurer for the last three years.
Todd Craven, of Hallett Antique Emporium and Abbey House of Antiques, was selected to a consecutive term as vice president. Craven has been a longstanding business owner in the community and has been a part of the board for more than a decade and vice president for the past nine years.
Jim Mayne, owner of Deerwood Technologies, was chosen as treasurer. A business owner for more than 20 years, Mayne has served on the board for the past year.
Linda Peeples, owner of Gifts Galore, was also named chamber secretary. Peeples has been serving on the board for the past five years, since she opened her business in 2007. Peeples has been active on a number of Chamber Committees and in planning for a number of events.
Rauen said the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber made great strides with the leadership of former President Julie Mohs from Deerwood Bank. Mohs served three years as a board member and three years as chamber president. The Chamber has focused its attention on bringing additional tourism to the area, updating its website, participating in statewide travel and sporting shows, regional advertising and soon will unveil a newly designed visitor guide for the region.
Operation Round-Up donations distributed
The Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board donated $55,950 to local community programs during their first quarter meeting in January. Operation Round-Up funds distribution to area projects included: $500 to Fast Cop, Ironton; $1,000 to Rising Stars Therapeutic Equitation, Little Falls; $1,000 to Confidence Learning Center, East Gull Lake; $1,000 to Smile Again Ministries, Crosslake; $450 to Emily Quilters; $1,000 to Friendship Ventures; $500 to Hillman Seniors; $30,200 to 11 food shelves; $1,345 to Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, Brainerd; $1,000 to Kinship of Morrison County, Little Falls; $500 to Circle of Parents, Pequot Lakes; $200 to Fathers Reading Every Day, Fort Ripley; $1,500 to Lakes Area Chaplaincy, Brainerd; $1,500 to Crow Wing Parents Forever Collaborative, Baxter; $1,170 to Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Coalition; $2,000 to United Way Imagination Library, Little Falls; $3,285 to Ideal Fire Dept., Pequot Lakes; $2,000 to Healthy Brains for Children, Brainerd; $1,800 to Pine River Police Reserve; and $4,000 to Private Cooperative Member Crisis Medical Support.
Operation Round-Up is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. The additional change is pooled and distributed quarterly. Since the program’s inception in late 1996, Round-Up donated nearly $2,160,000 to community projects and programs in Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties.
The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for April 26. Grant forms may be obtained by calling Crow Wing Power at 829-2827 or (800) 648-9401 or at www.cwpower.com. The deadline for grant applications is April 10.
Thrivent Financial supports Super Baskets of Hope
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and its members nationwide are teaming up with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and other sponsors to reach out to critically ill children and their parents before, during and after Super Bowl XLVI week.
As part of the Super Baskets of Hope program, 7,000 gift-filled baskets will be delivered by NFL players, coaches, alumni, and other sports stars to the children and their parents in each of America’s 32 NFL cities.
The baskets contain age-appropriate toys, games, books, art supplies, hometown NFL hats and much more. Part of the Super Baskets of Hope will be a Hope Tote, sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Parents can opt to receive the Hope Tote, filled with a Bible, journal, inspirational books and music to provide encouragement and support during difficult times. Thrivent Financial has also donated over $100,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to this project.
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