■ Kvamme joins Heart &
Nurse Practitioner Anne Kvamme joined the Brainerd Lakes Heart & Vascular Center at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
The Brainerd Lakes Heart & Vascular Center at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center is in partnership with CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center and offers comprehensive cardiac care.
Kvamme has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. She earned a doctorate of nursing practice as an adult acute care nurse practitioner from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
■ Podiatrist deHart
joins Brainerd clinic
Dr. Rebecca deHart, a podiatrist, joined Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic.
Of particular interest for deHart is caring for diabetic patients, who are often at a greater risk for serious foot problems.
Patients can develop a condition called peripheral neuropathy, which causes numbness in the feet and may prevent a patient from realizing there’s a problem.
She graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Independence, Ohio. She completed a residency in podiatric medicine and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, Mich.
Her experience includes ligament and tendon reconstruction, lengthening and repair, adult and pediatric flatfoot reconstruction, treatment of foot and ankle traumatic injuries, sports medicine, as well as caring for bunions and hammertoes.
■ Grand View Lodge receives
Condé Nast Traveler award
NISSWA — For the second year in a row, Nisswa-based Grand View Lodge has been awarded the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award for the Top 5 Resorts in the Midwest.
Determined by a survey administered to all readers, winning resorts and hotels are rated on a variety of criteria, including food/dining, location, overall design, rooms, and service.
Mark Ronnei, general manager at Grand View Lodge, said the award showcases what the Brainerd lakes area has to offer on a global scale.
According to Condé Nast Traveler, these awards reflect the combined opinions of 79,000 readers rating the cities, islands and hotels they visited in the past year, and the airlines and cruise ships they traveled with. Stretching across the Midwest, Grand View Lodge, the only Minnesota property to be honored, is among a list that profiles the country’s best places to stay, including the American Club of Kohler, Wisconsin and Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo.
■ Knife River named award finalist
The National Asphalt Pavement Association announced four finalists for the prestigious Sheldon G. Hayes Award.
Knife River Materials, Bemidji, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation was named one of four finalists for their 2012 mill and overlay project on U.S. Highway 75 in Marshall County, which is about 17 miles long.
NAPA’s Sheldon G. Hayes Award has been bestowed annually since 1971 for a highway pavement exhibiting exemplary quality. These paving projects have undergone two rounds of rigorous testing, including an evaluation of engineering controls and pavement performance in order to be deemed the top-four performing pavements in the country.
A final round of on-site evaluations remains, and the winner will be announced on the morning of Feb. 5 at the 2014 NAPA annual meeting in Boca Raton, Fla.
■ Larson joins Marketplace
BAXTER — Brandon Larson has joined Marketplace Home Mortgage as a mortgage consultant.
Larson will oversee the new Marketplace Home Mortgage, 14091 Baxter Drive, Suite 116, in Baxter.
Originally from Brainerd, Larson spent 15 years away from his hometown at a well-known national mortgage company. There he built his career beginning by obtaining underwriting authority and in 2007 became a departmental vice president. Larson was also integral in staff development, customer service, business strategy, and building and strengthening team member loyalty.
■ Trettel joins RiverWood Bank
BAXTER — Brittany Trettel joined RiverWood Bank in Baxter as a personal banker.
Bruce Kennedy, RiverWood Bank manager, said Trettel’s personality, education and background make her a good fit for the bank where she will be working directly with our customers, primarily as they set up new accounts.
Originally from Little Falls, Trettel is a recent graduate of Bemidji State University (BSU) with a bachelors of science degree in mathematics and a minor in business administration. While a student at BSU, Trettel worked in the admissions office for three years where she served as a University Ambassador and admissions assistant.
Throughout her collegiate career, Trettel was also actively involved in numerous student organizations including as a member of the BSU Rotaract Club and Student Senate. She currently volunteers for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and St. Stanislaus Church in Bowlus.
RiverWood Bank is owned by Great River Holding Company.
■ Bertram gains underwriter designation
BAXTER – Jason Bertram of Northwestern Mutual Columns Resource Group was conferred his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation from the American College.
Founded in 1927, the American College, based in Bryn Mawr, Pa., is the nation’s oldest and largest nontraditional institution for higher learning dedicated exclusively to the academic studies of life insurance and related financial services.
With a CLU designation, Bertram has achieved the highest level of studies in the life insurance profession, enabling him to provide a wider range of solutions for the life insurance needs of individuals, business owners and professionals, including income replacement, estate analysis, and wealth transfer.
Bertram is associated with Northwestern Mutual, Columns Resource Group, of Minneapolis. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
■ Barnett named partner with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Christian Barnett, Nisswa, was named partner for the Northwestern Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota Regional Financial Office of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
As a partner, Barnett plays an integral role in supporting existing financial representatives as they build their practice. He will also help recruit people to the financial representative role and then help them begin their career with the organization.
Barnett now also serves on the region’s leadership team. Barnett will coach several financial representatives, join them on client meetings, advise them on case preparation and coordinate training and development opportunities. Before becoming a partner, Barnett was in various positions within the financial services industry, and earlier in his professional career, was a high school educator and coach. He graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree and earned a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.
■ Becker is Lakewood’s new occupational therapist
STAPLES — Kimberly Becker is the newest member of Lakewood’s rehabilitation staff.
Originally from Pipestone, Becker has a bachelor of arts degree in health sciences and a master of arts degree in occupational therapy. A registered and licensed occupational therapist, she has advanced training in cancer rehab, specifically breast cancer, as well as hand therapy. Becker is also a certified lymphedema therapist.
“I am looking forward to working in a smaller town where you have the opportunity to work with a variety of patient populations,” said Becker.
■ Keller Williams, Marketplace Home Mortgage create joint affiliation
BAXTER — Keller Williams Realty Professionals recently began a business affiliation with Marketplace Home Mortgage, Business Builder division. Marketplace Home Mortgage staff will reside within the office of Keller Williams Realty Professionals. Staff includes one mortgage loan officer and one marketing coordinator. This affiliation is designed to help Keller Williams Realty Professionals agents to grow their business through dedicated marketing support and streamlining mortgage transactions.
Carrie Lee, team leader, Keller Williams Realty Professionals, said the system supports agents in their business. The marketing coordinator is deeply trained in the Keller Williams software and is able to assist all agents with their website design, marketing efforts and communication. The agents now have a dedicated resource, allowing them more time to work the front end of their business. The marketing coordinator will also work to support the mortgage loan officer through marketing and public relations.
■ Atomic Learning to host open house
LITTLE FALLS — Little Falls-based Atomic Learning, an education technology training leader, is hosting an open house from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 7, North Bluff Business Park, across the railroad tracks from the Little Falls Bowling Center.
Presentations and tours of the facility will be provided to guests at 3:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m., and 5:15 p.m. Visitors will learn firsthand from employees how the company works.
Founded in 2000 by a group of technology educators, Atomic Learning serves more than 16 million individuals in more than 45 countries worldwide.
■ Open house
set for Paxton
An open house to celebrates outgoing Brainerd Lakes Chamber CEO Lisa Paxton is planned 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Cragun’s Resort near Brainerd.
Paxton spent 18 years as chamber CEO. Plans are for a short program at 5:30 p.m. Paxton’s resignation is effective in December.
■ Chamber to sponsor Bulk Mail Lunch and Learn training
LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the next Lunch & Learn starting at noon Nov. 7 at the chamber, 200 First St. NW, Little Falls.
Representatives from the Little Falls U.S. Postal Service will present on the how-to of bulk mailing.
Using the chamber’s bulk mail permit is a benefit of chamber membership. The session will cover a wide range of topics, including how to correctly fill out the bulk mail form, how to properly sort and bind bulk mail, how to make bulk mail effectively work for your business.
This training is for anyone who works with bulk mailings or who wants to learn how to use bulk mail to more effectively. This Lunch and Learn is free of charge. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch. The chamber will provide beverages. Space is limited. For more information or to ensure adequate seating, call 320-632-5155. Non chamber members may attend, space permitting.
■ CLC to host supervisory leadership course
This course is designed to explore supervisory and leadership issues to help current and emerging leaders understand how leadership impacts performance and work climate. Participants will prepare to make positive personal choices about their supervisory and leadership actions. They will develop skills to perform more effectively and efficiently by meeting others’ practical business needs and peoples’ personal needs to ensure organizational results.
The event is 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays Nov. 5, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10. Cost is $129. Advanced registration is required. Deadline is Oct. 29.
■ Thrivent adds two Social Security workshops
LITTLE FALLS — Due to the popularity of the Thrivent Financial Social Security workshops, two more opportunities were added.
With the aid of sophisticated computer software, Thrivent will present several options for filing that could dramatically increase a person’s lifetime Social Security payments, Thrivent reported. Options such as, file and suspend, filing restrictive, widow’s benefits, divorced filing on ex-spouse,and delayed credits. Workshops are planned at the Little Falls Senior Center at 510 Seventh St. NE. Choose from two workshop opportunities at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 29. No products will be sold at this presentation. For more information, contact Carlyle Olsen, Thrivent Financial Associate, at 320-632-1655.
■ Lakes Area Town Hall Forum planned Oct. 30
Area residents are invited to join the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors (GLAR) and the Minnesota Association of Realtors for the 2013 Lakes Area Town Hall Forum.
The forum is planned 1-3 p.m. Oct. 30 at GLAR, 15344 Pearl Drive, Baxter.
The schedule of events will include a 30-minute reception for legislators and participants followed by a presentation by the Minnesota Association of Realtors’ staff. The presentation will include a review of Minnesota real estate 2013 legislative issues and bills, as well as a 2014 session outlook. Following the presentation, a panel of local legislators will discuss the following topics: property and sales taxes, tax expenditures, foreclosure legislation, homeowner mandates, and aquatic invasive species.
RSVP are appreciated but not required. For more information, contact email@example.com or 828-4567.
■ Area schools get help from Gold’n Plump
BAXTER — Now through December, all Baxter area schools and SuperOne Foods stores are working together to earn donations from the Gold’n Plump brand of deli rotisserie chicken.
The money raised is unrestricted, meaning it can be used for school operating expenses or educational enrichment, such as field trips, art, technology and physical fitness.
Patterned after similar label redemption programs that pay schools for proofs-of-purchase, the Minnesota-based chicken provider is working with Labels 2 Learn, a “next generation” program that takes redemptions online to eliminate tedious cutting and sorting of physical labels.
To earn a donation, buy a specially marked Gold’n Plump rotisserie chicken found in the deli at SuperOne Foods stores while supplies last, then redeem the Cash Code located on the inside of the sleeve at www.Labels2Learn.com. Twenty cents for every Cash Code redeemed online is donated to the customer’s chosen school.
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