Hutchisons join Brenny Funeral Chapel
Susan and Paul Hutchison joined Brenny Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services, Brainerd, Baxter, Crosslake, Randall and Staples as funeral directors.
Susan Hutchison, 27, graduated from Colerain High School in Cincinnati in 1993. She attended the University of Cincinnati and later completed her associate's degree in marketing management at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with a bachelor's degree in 1998.
Paul Hutchison, 28, graduated from Hampton Community High School in Hampton, Iowa, in 1993. He attended Drake University through Iowa Methodist Nursing School then transferred to Mercy College of Health Science in Des Moines, Iowa. He finished his associate's degree at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa, and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with a bachelor's degree in 1998.
Both served internships at Powers Funeral Home in southern Iowa and most recently worked as licensed funeral directors with Major Erickson Funeral Home and Crematory in Mason City, Iowa.
Olson is new Riverwood CFO
AITKIN -- Kent Olson, 50, began duties as the chief financial officer and assistant administrator of Riverwood Healthcare Center last fall.
Originally from Fargo, N.D., Olson served in the Army from 1972-75. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Moorhead State University. He worked as reimbursement auditor for Blue Cross in Fargo from 1977-82 when he became director of finance for Northern Hills General Hospital in Deadwood, S.D.
From 1985-88, Olson was vice president of finance for St. Joseph's Hospital in Minot, N.D., and CFO from 1988-91 at Tucson Psychiatric Institute in Tucson, Ariz. Olson transferred to Modesto, Calif., until 1993 and a return to the Midwest. He earned his master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in 1993.
For three years, Olson was in Flandreau, S.D., as administrator of Flandreau Municipal Hospital, which was associated with Avera Health Systems. He transferred to Sioux Falls, S.D., as controller of networking operations until moving to Fairmont as CFO at Fairmont Community Hospital.
At Riverwood, Olson is responsible for overseeing the financial aspect of operations.
Mills joins Creative Hair Design
Marlene Mills joined Creative Hair Design, Brainerd.
She has 32 years experience as a hair stylist. She has worked in all aspects of hair design and trends working with beads, braids, ribbon and glitter, as well as hot waxing and manicures.
Koering gains office
FORT RIPLEY -- Steve Koering, Fort Ripley, is the new vice president of Minnesota National Farmers Organization.
Koering is a dairy farmer with about 60 cows. He farms with his father, Leonard. Koering is the Eighth District NFO chairman as well as the Crow Wing County NFO chairman. He has been on the NFO dairy board a number of times and is a member of the Midwest Dairy Association in Crow Wing County.
Crenna completes training
Mary Crenna, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center, Brainerd, completed training in the Meeks Method of osteoporosis therapy.
The Meeks Method is designed to help people correct their posture using techniques such as site specific exercise, gait training, balance testing and training and personalized body mechanics. Crenna traveled to Bismarck, N.D., in October to complete the training course "Osteoporosis: A Comprehensive Treatment Strategy." She has 13 years experience in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation with clinical interests in women's health, osteoporosis and sports medicine.
North Ambulance hosts CHOW Time
North Ambulance, Brainerd, is hosting the January C.H.O.W. Time South luncheon event from noon - 1 p.m. Thursday.
Members are invited to join the staff from both ground and air and learn more about North Ambulance services. CHOW Time is a networking lunch activity highlighting what's new at the chamber. It allows introduction of new members and an opportunity to promote their own business. Cost to attend is $3 with advance reservations or $5 at the door.
For more information, contact the chamber at 829-2838, ext. 801.
MMBA meets Tuesday
The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association January general membership meeting is 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Pine Meadows Golf Club in Baxter.
New member orientation is 5:30 p.m., social hour at 6 p.m., dinner buffet at 7 p.m., area speakers are at 8 p.m. Speakers include Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, and Crow Wing County Sheriff Eric Klang. The event is sponsored by Mid-America Mortgage Corp.
Cost to attend is $20. RSVP is requested. For more information, contact the MMBA at 829-4982 or e-mail email@example.com.
'Business for Yourself' class set Feb. 6
"Going Into Business for Yourself" will be offered 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.
This seminar covers all areas of business startup, offers advice on how to become and stay profitable, and how to finance a new venture. Business structure and required government filings are discussed.
Follow-up counseling is available from the Small Business Development Center's team of consultants. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $40 per person or $60 for participant and one additional business partner.
For more information, call 800-933-0346, ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
Peachtree Accounting offered in February
The Computerizing Small Business Program, Central Lakes College, is offering a "Peachtree Accounting for Windows" class from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, at CLC, Brainerd, in room W217.
This class will provide the basic skills necessary to implement computerized accounting using Peachtree for Windows Version 8.0. The students will learn the basics of system setup, cash receipts, accounts receivable, cash disbursements, accounts payable and payroll.
This is a three-week course with an on-site session individualized to student needs. Students will receive three college credits upon successful completion of the class. Classroom size is limited. Cost of the class is $246.30. Vern Busho is the instructor.
For more information, call the Business & Industry Center at Central Lakes College at 855-8142 or (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142.
Build a better business seminar set in LF
LITTLE FALLS -- Individuals with a business idea who are serious about starting it, are the focus of a Feb. 7 workshop -- "Business Blueprint" -- sponsored by the Minnesota Women's Business Center at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls.
The seminar will focus on building a business plan, including business feasibility, financial resources and marketing strategies. Keynote speaker is Pat Casello, a Twin Cities holistic practitioner, educator and speaker on goal attainment, change and motivation.
Workshops throughout the day include success and operations planning, market and cash flow planning. Workshop facilitators include Bonnie Stewart, Kim Nagel and Suzanne Cunningham, who have extensive business and business planning experience.
The seminar begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., continental breakfast and then runs until 3:30 p.m. Registration fee is $40, which covers meals and workshop materials. Space is limited.
For more information, contact the Minnesota Women's Business Center at (877) 908-9469. The MWBC is a non-profit corporation serving a 24-county region of north west and north central Minnesota and is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Initiative Foundation and the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.
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