■ Haugen presents at state
and national conferences
University of Minnesota Extension Educator Heidi Haugen conducted state and national conference presentations in May.
At the annual conference of the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators, she conducted two workshops on “Recruiting Volunteers for Leadership Roles” and “Maintaining Motivation in Today’s Volunteers,” and she co-presented a workshop on “Essential Risk Management: Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers.”
At the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism, Haugen co-presented two workshops on “Engaging Youth through 4-H Science Inquiry-Based Learning” and “Innovations in Volunteer Screening and Orientation,” and she reprised her workshop on “Maintaining Motivation in Today’s Volunteers.”
Locally officed in Brainerd, Haugen gives leadership to volunteer systems development for Extension’s Center for Youth Development and the Minnesota 4-H program in the northeast region of Minnesota. She is available to speak to groups and organizations about volunteer systems and issues particularly but not solely in the area of youth development.
■ CenterPoint Energy
surpasses $1 million milestone
CenterPoint Energy’s Community Partnership Grant Program, a program that awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects, recently surpassed $1 million in donations.
The Company recently awarded the city of Minneapolis a Community Partnership Grant in the amount of $2,500 to help fund technical rescue equipment for the fire department that will be used to serve the community.
For more information, go to www.centerpointenergy.com/community/HO/.
■ Butler building to
host nonprofit expo
AITKIN — The historic Opera House of the Butler Building, is hosting an expo noon to 4 p.m., July 14, for all nonprofits within the area.
Nonprofits will be exhibiting, providing information on their activities as well as offering different prizes through their register to win offerings. This will be the day after the fair closes and will allow visitors and residents alike another opportunity to view the restored opera house.
Entertainment for the day will be provided by the Courtemanche family from Aitkin — better known as the Canary Grass — known for their string band and the diverse and whimsical folk songs and blue grass music.
For additional information, contact Lynne Jacobs at 218-820-8790 or Sylvia at 218-678-2441. Vendor forms may be picked up at The Beanery or go to www.thebutlerbuilding.org and click on events.
Lynne Jacobs, besides being co-owner of The Beanery and secretary at Rippleside School, has taken on the task of property manager for the Butler Building.
■ Discover’s hosts
PIERZ — An afternoon filled with information on veteran benefits, opportunities and possibilities is planned 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., June 26, as a Dine and Discover event at the Horizon Health Community Room in Pierz.
Representatives from the St. Cloud VA and Veteran Service Officer Paul Fronsak will be on hand to answer questions. Lunch is included in this free event. Registration is required by calling Horizon Health at 320-468-6451 or 800-224-6451. A free-will donation will be accepted. Free blood pressure screenings, compliments of Horizon Health Home Care, will also be available before and after the session. This Dine and Discover is sponsored by F & M State Bank, Morrison County, Faith in Action and Horizon Health.
■ Going Into Business
for Yourself class offered
This session covers all areas of business start-up, helpful advice on how to get your dream off the ground, how to become and stay profitable, including financing your new venture and necessary filings with the state of Minnesota.
The class is 6-9 p.m., July 11, at Central Lakes College in Brainerd at door No. 6.
Follow-up counseling is available to qualified individuals from the Small Business Development Center’s team of consultants at no charge to the individual. The fee is $49/person, $29 for each additional business partner. Instructor is Jay Bock.
Deadline to register is July 5.
The Dispatch welcomes business notes submissions via email to email@example.com, or fax to: 218-829-0211, mail to: Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401 or use the drop-off box in the alley next to the Dispatch building on James Street. Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 855-5852.