Katie Roberts, originally from the Mankato area, has been named family service worker at Bridges of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit organization that helps families in need by providing parent support services and by connecting them to area social service, mental health and faith community resources.
Roberts graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a bachelor's degree in family life and child development. She gained experience working with families and children while previously employed as behavior therapist at an Autism Center for children, in Burnsville.
Lauer joins Cornerstone Advisors
Dave Lauer joined Cornerstone Advisors as co-owner.
Cornerstone Advisors, with offices in Baxter and Minnetonka, is a full service registered investment adviser and financial planning firm with assets under management of $100 million. Cornerstone Advisors provides asset management, financial and estate planning and retirement planning services. Lauer is a certified public accountant and previously was a co-owner of Complete Title Services in Baxter and senior vice president of Universal Pension Inc.
Severson joins Askegaard & Robinson
Mark A. Severson recently joined the law firm of Askegaard & Robinson, Brainerd, as an associate attorney.
Severson graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School in 2001. Severson is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in 2005 graduating magna cum laude and University of St. Thomas School of Law with a law degree in 2008. While in law school, Severson interned for the Crow Wing County attorney's office and the Council for Crime and Justice. He also worked for the Cass County attorney's office and prosecuted misdemeanor crimes in Chisago County. Severson was an active member of the Federalist Society and the St. Thomas More Society at University of St. Thomas School of law. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota. The focus of his practice at Askegaard & Robinson, will be in the areas of personal injury litigation, general litigation and business law.
Michel is CLC's medical assistant instructor
STAPLES Dawn Michel of Pequot Lakes is the first instructor for the medical assistant program at Central Lakes College.
Michel will coordinate the program, which will offer a diploma to those who successfully complete the courses. Based on the Staples campus of CLC, the medical assistant program will prepare graduates for careers in health-care support. Medical assistants are classified as allied health practitioners who work in doctor offices, outpatient clinics, laboratories, and hospitals. The outlook for medical assistants has been projected to be one of the fastest growing careers in the medical field, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Michel is a 2002 honor graduate of CLC who earned her bachelor's degree from Bemidji State University in 2005. The past three years she was an instructor at Crosslake Community School.
CLC is accepting up to 20 students for the one-year program which will start in August.
Michel completed the medical office assistant diploma program at then-Willmar Technical College (now Ridgewater College) before working in the field. Her experience includes pharmacy technician, nursing home activity director, physical and respiratory therapy assistant, medical secretary/transcriptionist, pathologist assistant, clinic coordinator, medical assistant/receptionist, and school nurse assistant.
Roach joins model and talent agency
Bethanni Roach was recently selected by Arquette&Asscoiates to join their model and talent agency, which has offices in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Madison.
Bethanni is the daughter of Tracy and Dan Roach of Merrifield.
Janousek joins KQ 101.5 FM in Brainerd
Red Rock Radio Corp. reported John Janousek joined the company as an account manager for KQ 101.5 FM in the Brainerd lakes area.
Before joining the KQ staff, Janousek worked as the national promotions manager for Crestliner Boats and as the promotions manager for Northland Fishing Tackle.
Lakewood's Care Center receives high rating
STAPLES - In the most recent Nursing Home Compare survey by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Lakewood Health System Care Center was rated much above average compared with all nursing homes in the nation.
Lakewood Health System's Care Center placed second in Minnesota, performing above 384 nursing homes in the four evaluation areas: health inspections, staffing, quality measures and overall quality. The Care Center's total score was 19 out of 20 stars, with an overall quality rating of five stars (out of five).
Every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the nation is measured by Nursing Home Compare. A complete listing and evaluation of nursing homes is available at www.medicare.gov/NHCompare.
Business After Hours planned in Crosby
CROSBY - The Cuyuna Range Chamber of Commerce's first Business After Hours of 2009 is planned from 5-7 p.m. at Unity Bank on Main Street in Crosby.
The networking event is open to all businesses in the area. Cost is $2. Refreshments and beverages will be provided as well as the opportunity to win raffle prizes.
Speaker to touch on caregiver's role
PIERZ - Erin Bonetto, who delivers a touching look at caring for loved ones with memory loss, will speak in Pierz.
Faith in Action, a division of Horizon Health, is hosting the free event. The "Dine and Discover" community education presentation is planned from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31 from at the community room in Pierz.
Bonetto engages the front row, back row and everyone in between through her life experiences, storytelling, authentic props, and loads of audience participation, Horizon Health reported. She delivers a useful and poignant look at caring for people with memory loss and people with long-term care needs and how each caregiver can truly make a difference, Horizon Health reported. The event is free, but participants need to register by contacting Horizon Health at 468-6451 and (800) 224-6451.
Business planning workshop set in Backus
BACKUS - A business planning workshop, "Business Basics - How to Start a Business," is planned from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Cass County Land Department building in Backus.
The session will assist the potential business owner through the process of developing a new business project from the initial business structure to the required government filings and financing.
The seminar will be presented by the Cass County Development Corp. Pre-registration is requested before Feb. 6. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (218) 947-7523.
Oberstar to headline Parks and Trails sessions
WALKER - The Parks & Trails Council and the DNR invite the public to attend a Northwestern Minnesota regional workshop: Connecting People, Parks, Trails and Communities on Jan. 30-31 at Chase on the Lake Resort in Walker, Minn.
U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar headlines a workshop lineup aimed at providing a broader understanding of the issues and opportunities for parks, trails and tourism within the region.
Course planned for sleep medicine caregivers
Central Lakes College plans a workshop from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 for health-care professionals involved with sleep medicine in the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus.
"Sleep Medicine and Your Patient The Missing Link" will be led by Christopher Fink of Brainerd Lakes Sleep Health Center. The content will include sleep history, obstructive sleep apnea and continuous positive airway pressure, parasomnias and sleep hygiene.
Cost is $49. Registration deadline is Feb. 2. For more information, call 855-8142 or (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142.
Master journeyman electrician course at CLC
The Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, will host a continuing education course for holders of the Minnesota Master Journeyman Electrician license.
The 16-hour course includes articles and sections of the 2008 National Electrical Code, state statutes and rules governing electrical work. There will be a review of basic elements of electricity and electrical calculations.
Participants should bring a calculator and the 2005 or 2008 NEC Code book (available for $82 at the class). Riverland College will provide the instruction, and the $300 fee includes lunches for the classes, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 13.
Registration deadline is Feb. 5 at 855-8142 or (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142.
Going Into Business class offered Feb. 12
Central Lakes College in Brainerd will host a Going Into Business For Yourself class from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 12.
This class covers all areas of business start-up, helpful advice on how to get a dream off the ground, how to become and stay profitable, including financing a new venture.
Follow-up counseling is available to qualified individuals from the Small Business Development Center's team of consultants free of charge. Tuition is $49 per person plus $29 for each additional business partner. Instructor is Jay Bock.
The class meets in the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus. Registration deadline is Feb. 5.
For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
A commercial vehicle inspector re-certification class will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 at the Business and Industry Center on the Central Lakes College campus in Brainerd.
Re-certification is required every two years. This class will review Minnesota commercial vehicle inspection laws and federal regulations. It will cover new law changes; inspection changes and will include a test for re-certification. The test will be taken during the last hour of class.
Cost is $75 and includes the $10 fee required by the state. The instructor is Douglas Brown. Deadline to register is Feb. 5.
For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
Workshop to explore dementia care
Dementia evaluation, complications, and treatments will be discussed at a workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in C224 on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
Participants will learn about an evaluation tool to utilize with the elderly patient. In addition, the three major complications of dementia - depression, delirium and delusion - will be covered. The objective of the course is to improve the health care provider's knowledge about dementia in order to increase the timeliness and appropriateness of patient referrals.
Dr. Jeff Hardwig will lead the workshop. Fee is $35. Deadline to register is Feb. 5. For more information, call 855-8142 or (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142.
Detroit Lakes firm sponsors tour
BTD Manufacturing Inc. of Detroit Lakes recently sponsored a tour for Machine Tool Technology students at Central Lakes College, Staples.
The company transported the 22 students via bus from Staples to Detroit Lakes and back, and provided a pizza lunch during the tour of production facilities.
The tour included tool design areas, the metal stamping and die areas and an opportunity to see the newest technologies and employment opportunities. BTD Manufacturing offers stamping, fabrication, tubing, welding, machining and tooling.
The college has an Associate in Applied Science degree and diploma programs in Machine Tool Technology. It also offers diplomas in Manufacturing Maintenance Technician and Manufacturing Welding Technician.
In 2002, Machine Tool Technology at CLC received designation as a National Institute of Metalworking Skills Accredited Training program.
Other manufacturing career programs at the Staples campus of CLC are Mechanical Drafting and Design and Robotics/Automated Systems Technology.
For more information, call (218) 894-5175 or (800) 247-6836.
Horizon Health offers free SOAR program
The Successful Older Adult Resources program, hosted by Horizon Health RSVP, will be offering four sessions free of charge to adults 55 and older specially developed with senior leadership in mind.
The program is designed to help seniors recognize the opportunities and obstacles of leadership in later life, build an ongoing network to share ideas and energy with and to understand community resources and how to access them.
SOAR graduates will also be eligible for a $250 challenge grant from SOAR to start their own community project.
SOAR classes will meet one Thursday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Horizon Health's Community Room in Pierz, with the first session beginning Feb. 19.
Registration is free and each session includes lunch, but reservations are required. For more information Tammy Jopp at Horizon Health RSVP at (218) 468-6451 or (800) 224-6451.
Integra Telecom reports community service hours
The employees of Integra Telecom, which includes offices in Baxter, contributed 2,371 volunteer hours through its Community Matters program in 2008.
Integra's Community Matters program provides all full-time Integra employees eight hours of paid time off each year to volunteer for organizations that promote health and safety for youth and overall well-being of the communities Integra serves. In its first year, 567 Integra employees volunteered through Community Matters, assisting more than 69 nonprofit organizations.
Bremer Brainerd employees contribute nearly 4,500 hours
Bremer employees in the Brainerd area contributed 4,494 volunteer hours to their communities in 2008, according to the fourth annual internal company survey.
Bremer employees overall increased the average number volunteer hours per employee by 15 percent in 2008, netting 107,148 volunteer hours for their communities throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
In total, the company's about 1,880 employees logged volunteer hours that were the equivalent of $2.1 million dollars, according to the Independent Sector, which values an hour of volunteer time at $19.51.
The 2008 total volunteer hours represent the largest volunteer contribution ever tallied by Bremer, topping the 92,963 volunteer hours recorded in 2007. The volunteer contributions are in addition to the more than $30 million in direct financial contributions that the company and the Otto Bremer Foundation made in 2008.
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