Dispatch photographer Clint Wood earned a second place in news photography in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's 2000-2001 Better Newspaper Contest.
Wood's photo titled "Day of Prayer" was among 53 entries among all daily newspapers statewide.
Leiser joins AccountAbility Solutions
Yvonne Leiser, certified management accountant, joined AccountAbility Solutions, Brainerd.
Leiser provides at-the-business payroll, QuickBooks and Peachtree support. She is a part-time business instructor at Central Lakes College.
Mille Lacs Band begins career program
ONAMIA -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Corporate Commission announced the creation of a new program that will help band members develop the skills and training they need to succeed professionally and personally.
The Band Member Development Department will oversee the program, which will provide customized training and counseling to band members who work or want to work with the Corporate Commission, Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley or other band-owned businesses.
Mitch Corbine, commissioner of corporate affairs, said the program will be a "great tool" to help people explore talent and advance in their careers.
Mille Lacs band member Berni Johnson was hired as the corporate director of Band Member Development.
She worked for more than nine years in career and education counseling. She has a degree in psychology from St. Cloud State University and has completed several master-level education courses.
Johnson is working on a master's degree in leadership at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
Interested band members will meet with a BMDD staff member for career counseling to assess the band member's interests, skills and talents.
Then the band member and the BMDD staff person will evaluate job availability at the Corporate Commission and its business entities and work together to find the job that is the best fit.
The program will provide training and ongoing support and assistance, including specialized job readiness training and regular meetings to discuss progress.
The program will meet specific career needs by offering specialized options, including:
* A mentoring program -- Partners in Excellence -- for those already employed by the band's casinos and other businesses.
* Career Adventure Training for high school and college students seeking temporary employment.
* Internship Credit Experience for band members who need work experience to earn internship credits for college graduation requirements.
* Sabbatical Degree Program, which allows select employees a paid leave of absence to finish a college degree.
* Gaming Management Trainee Program, which prepares select employees for upper-level casino management careers.
Each of those services will be phased in during the first year.
Thompson reopens psychology practice
Andrew H. Thompson, licensed psychologist, recently reopened his psychology practice on Kingwood Street in Brainerd.
Thompson provides individual counseling with adults and children in a wide range of areas from marital counseling to family therapy and parenting issues and abuse issues, as well as stress management.
Tyler Joins Lakes Area Counseling
Russell M. Tyler contracted with Lakes Area Counseling to provide psychological services.
Tyler will facilitate anger management groups and provide individual counseling at Harbor Home, a PORT group home for boys ages 10-14. He will also accept clients from the community.
Tyler also is a court-appointed commitment examiner for the Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Judicial Districts and provides program evaluation at Brainerd Regional Human Services Center.
In 1996, he was Juvenile Justice Program director, a family focused diversion program for Crow Wing County Social Services and Central Minnesota Community Corrections.
Tyler received his doctorate in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas.
Credit union announces staff changes
Brian Finch was named Crow Wing Power Credit Union president and Diane Viehauser was named vice president of operations.
Finch has been vice president since the credit union opened in early 1999. The credit union currently has more than 2,500 members and has more than $10 million in assets.
The credit union is a subsidiary of Crow Wing Power. Finch worked for Crow Wing Power for 24 years and continues to manage the cooperative's customer service department in addition to his credit union responsibilities.
Viehauser has been with Crow Wing Power Credit Union since early 1999 and previously worked for Brainerd BN Credit Union.
Conner gains land surveyor license
Chad Conner of Widseth Smith Nolting, architecture and engineering firm in Brainerd, successfully passed the oral and written exam and has met the education and experience requirements necessary to become a licensed land surveyor.
The Minnesota Board of Land Survey Registration licensed Conner as a fully qualified member of the profession. The board examines, licenses, and regulates the practice of architecture, professional engineering and land surveying.
An individual must be licensed before being permitted to offer these professional services to the public.
Conner received a diploma in civil engineering technology from St. Cloud Technical College and a bachelor's degree in land surveying from St. Cloud State University.
He joined WSN in 1996 and worked part time while attending college and full time since his graduation in May 2000.
In his position as a land surveyor at WSN, Conner is responsible for overseeing property and boundary surveys and advising property owners on planning and zoning regulations.
Lemieux gains honor for sales, service
Brian Lemieux, Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood district representative, was recognized for outstanding disability income insurance sales and service to AAL members during December.
Lemieux finished the month 10th among more than 1,700 AAL representatives across the nation. Lemieux is with Tim Schmidt Agency of AAL/LB, Bloomington and serves 15 communities in the lakes region. Lemieux joined the AAL/LB field staff in 1994 and has been honored by the organization six times for outstanding sales and service to members.
Janzen attends state auctioneers convention
AITKIN -- Bob Janzen, Janzen Auctioneers, Aitkin, recently attended the Minnesota State Auctioneers Convention at Fergus Falls.
The convention consisted of educational and real estate seminars, motivational speakers, bid calling contest, fun auction and banquet.
Ellingson promoted at Bremer Bank
Kim Ellingson was promoted to vice president/business banker at Bremer Bank, Brainerd.
Ellingson is responsible for originating, analyzing and servicing a variety of commercial loans to businesses and individual customers.
Ellingson joined Bremer in 1999. Before joining Bremer, Ellingson was employed by Wells Fargo and Community First National Bank.
She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a degree in business administration.
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