ONAMIA -- Six Mille Lacs Band employees were recognized for 30 years or more of service.
Those recognized included: Don Wedll, long-term planner, 31 years; Frances Davis, contract health manager, 30 years; and Letitia Mitchell, library assistant, 30 years.
The awards ceremony for the employees was at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center with Commissioner of Administration Christine Costello presenting the awards. Those who served for 20 or more years received a keepsake blanket from the band.
Holmvig joins CTC
Steve Holmvig recently joined Consolidated Telecommunications Co. as customer service and sales technician supervisor.
Holmvig joins CTC from Charter Communications, where he was the operations manager since 2001. Previously, he was a district sales manager for CommScope Inc.
As customer service and sales technician supervisor, Holmvig is responsible for the development and implementation of all aspects of customer sales and service for the company.
Kevin Larson, chief executive officer and general manager of CTC, said Holmvig's background and experience is a perfect fit for CTC as it rolls out its digital television service in the Brainerd area.
Two gain promotions at American National Bank
PEQUOT LAKES -- American National Bank of Minnesota, Pequot Lakes office, announced two promotions effective Jan. 1.
Patricia Ronnebeck, Breezy Point, was promoted to branch operations assistant/new account representative with primary duties to include working in a support role in both lending and deposit administration. She has been with American National since the fall of 2003, working in the Walker office and most recently in Pequot Lakes.
Brainerd High School graduate Matt Wentzel was promoted to assistant vice president of lending responsible for assisting customers with their borrowing needs providing real estate, commercial and consumer loans. He has a business management/marketing degree from the University of North Dakota. He has been with American National for the past year.
Employees join new salon
Salon Nouveau opened Jan. 4 on Northwest Seventh Street behind the Westgate Mall with six hair stylists and two nail technicians.
Formerly from 623 Maple are Ann Burch, Heidi Larson, Cheryl Sande, Shana Heidmann and Joe Scanlon. Formerly from Studio Exxcel are Angie Boeder and Shanda Ament. Jenny Peterson is formerly from the Fine Line Salon & Spa. The group has more than 80 years of working in the Brainerd lakes area.
Kohls' work gains national attention
In December, three different photos by Steve Kohls, Nisswa, were used by national media outlets.
Kohls, Brainerd Dispatch photographer, had a photo appear in People Magazine for a news story the Dispatch had on fantasy football groups. It featured a group that met in Chuck Schroeder's garage. A photo of the fishing opener taken on Lake Alexander appeared in the MSNBC Web site year in review readers' choice photos; and Field and Stream Magazine used Kohls' photo of the 2004 Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake.
Thompson, Ezell join Lutheran Social Service
Andrew Thompson and Shauna Ezell joined the mental health practice of Lutheran Social Service, The Counseling Center on St. Joseph's Medical Center's fourth floor in Brainerd.
Thompson has more than 20 years of experience in the mental health field. He has a master's degree in community counseling from St. Cloud State University and is a licensed psychologist.
Ezell, after 23 years in Iowa, completed her master's degree at the University of Iowa and is a licensed independent clinical social worker. She works primarily with children and their families.
Business After Hours set Tuesday
BAXTER -- The Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce will host the January Business After Hours event 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at event sponsor Excelsior Place Catered Living, on Firewood Road in Baxter.
For information, contact Kerry Schultz at 829-2838, extension 121.
Eggs 'n' Issues legislative meeting scheduled
BAXTER -- Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce members are invited to meet with state senators and representatives at the chamber's Eggs 'n' Issues Breakfast 7:30 to 9 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Bonanza Family Restaurant in Baxter.
The 2004 session started Jan. 5. Numerous issues may be addressed, including finalizing a bonding bill, balancing the budget, transportation, human services and sustainable education funding. The meeting will begin with a buffet breakfast, and then attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions or offer suggestions about issues affecting their business.
Registration fee is $7 per person, including beverages and the breakfast buffet. The meeting is sponsored by the chamber and open to chamber members only. Reservations are requested via e-mail to email@example.com or by calling 829-2838, extension 0.
Little Falls Chamber morning coffee event set
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Friday Morning Coffee, a networking event, is set 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday at event sponsor Shelley Funeral Chapel on Second Street Southeast in Little Falls.
CORE FOUR business planning course set
Central Lakes College in Brainerd will host a course in business planning one night per week for four weeks starting Feb. 1.
Registration deadline is Jan. 25. The class will meet 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in February in the Business & Industry Center on the Brainerd campus.
Seminar fee is $244, including materials, and a spouse may be added for $100.
Known as CORE FOUR, the course provides instruction on how to plan a business idea, identify target markets, determine financial feasibility, set personal and business goals and develop an operating plan. The focus is on key decision-making issues that will help build a solid foundation for a successful business startup or expansion.
The four types of planning to be covered are success planning, market planning, cash-flow planning and operations planning. Instructor is Lynn Wilson, Northeast Entrepreneur Fund Inc.
This business-planning course is available through a partnership between the Small Business Development Center and the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund Inc.
Attendees may be eligible for tuition reimbursement, a payment plan or a scholarship. For more information, call (800) 933-0346, extension 8142, or 855-8142.
Workshop set at senior center
William Olmsted from Olmsted & Associates, Baxter, will present a workshop titled "What Seniors Should do in Today's Volatile Stock Market" 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center in Brainerd.
For more information, call 829-9345.
Credit union donates to children
Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Brainerd, and Greater Minnesota Credit Union, Mora, donated $500 to the Children's Miracle Network as a result of a friendly competition.
The credit unions had a "Big Buck" contest this fall. At stake was a traveling trophy and a $500 donation to the Children's Miracle Network in the name of both credit unions, presented by the second-place team.
Credit union employees, volunteers and their spouses were eligible to compete. The highest number of total antler points of the top five deer at each credit union determined the winner. Deer could be taken by archery, rifle or muzzleloader.
In the end, Mid-Minnesota was the victor with a total of 45 points, while Greater Minnesota counted 43. The traveling trophy was presented to Chuck Albrecht, president/chief executive officer, and Marnie Perfetti, director of marketing at Mid-Minnesota.
Children's Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America.
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