Beaupre joins Brainerd Dispatch
Beth Beaupre has joined the Brainerd Dispatch as special projects coordinator in the advertising department.
Beaupre, Baxter, has a bachelor's degree in marketing and six years of finance and banking experience. She previously was a credit specialist with Hiway Federal Credit Union in St. Paul. Originally from Cloquet, Beaupre's duties will include being a contact for free-lance writers, working with special editions and publications, data entry and assisting in advertising.
Britton joins BMC as RPAP student
Kristina Britton joined Brainerd Medical Center as a Rural Physician Associate Program student.
Britton is a third-year medical student at the School of Medicine at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, and plans on graduating in the spring of 2009. A Brainerd native, Britton has an associate's degree from Central Lakes College and a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences from St. Cloud State University.
As a Rural Physician Associate student, Kristina works closely with BMC staff to experience hands-on medical training.
Britton will be working with Dr. Mark Gray in her primary care clerkship for the majority of her time at BMC. In addition to family practice, she will spend a six-week rotation in obstetrics/gynecology working with Dr. Hal Leland in the clinic and on call. Finally, she will spend a six-week rotation in general surgery and two weeks each with surgical subspecialties in urology and orthopedics.
She plans to return to the Brainerd area when her training is complete. After her nine-month program at BMC, she will return to the Twin Cities to finish her fourth year of medical school. Finally, she will go into residency in her specialty of choice.
Rogers attends national development training
Elissa Rogers of the Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp. recently completed the first week of a four-week training course to become a certified Economic Development Finance Professional.
Rogers expects to become certified by the end of 2008. She has been with BLADC since January of 2007 and is responsible for coordinating and facilitating economic development projects in Crow Wing County.
Hines joins Easy Riders
Dennis Hines joined Easy Riders Bicycle and Sportshop, Brainerd, managing the archery sales and service departments and shooting range.
Hines owned his own archery pro shop for years. Hines also managed and helped set up Reed's archery department in Baxter where it became the No. 1 BowTech dealer in the state and fourth in the nation. He has been active in area and state archery clubs and shoots, and is a shooter for BowTech and Diamond Archery. He also is a DNR bowhunter safety instructor and a certified archery instructor. He is a certified archery technician from both PSE and BowTech. Hines and others are working to get a National Archery Program into the Brainerd School District. He has recently expanded both the sales area and product selection at Easy Riders. Easy Riders is owned by Kenn and Lori Shepherd.
Lemieux honored as top producer
Brian Lemieux, a financial associate/financial consultant for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Brainerd/Baxter, was named the 2007 top producer for the North Central Regional Financial Office of Thrivent Financial in Brainerd/Baxter.
Lemieux ranked first out of 70 financial representatives in the North Central RFO in sales and service to Thrivent Financial members. He serves Thrivent Financial members and their families in Brainerd, Baxter and the surrounding communities. Lemieux has worked for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans or its predecessors since 1994.
Bedard receives license, joins firm
Benjamin Bedard received his resident appraiser trainee license and has joined James H. Bedard Inc., which offers appraisal services in the Brainerd lakes area.
Hines gains promotion at Panache
BAXTER - Terry Hines, massage therapist at Panache Salon & Spa in Baxter, was recently promoted a level based on experience and training.
Hines works in Swedish and specializes in deep tissue and hot stone massages. She has been a massage therapist since 2005 and is a graduate of Sister Rosalyn School of Massage. She is a nationally certified massage therapist.
Meyer becomes AE2S owner
Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services Inc., with offices in Brainerd, has expanded the ownership of the company to include Grant Meyer.
Meyer, a University of North Dakota graduate, is a professional engineer and the operations manager of AE2S's Brainerd office. Meyer joins the founders and 12 other individuals as owners of the company, which was founded in 1991 in Grand Forks, N.D. The firm grew from two people to more than 70 people in seven offices in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Schilling re-elected as state president
FORT RIPLEY - Richard "Butch" Schilling, a dairy farmer from Fort Ripley, was re-elected to his second term as state president of the Minnesota National Farmers Organization.
Elections took place at the annual state board re-organizational meeting in Sauk Centre on Jan. 26. Schilling operates a 54-cow dairy and crop farm with wife Pat and son Paul and Paul's family of five children. They have about 100 cattle and raise all their replacement cows. Schilling also began his second three-year term as national director for NFO earlier in January at the national convention in Milwaukee.
Other area state board members include Steve Koering, eighth district president, Fort Ripley.
Walz-Lund Enterprises gains approval from POST
Walz-Lund Enterprises received approval from the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standards and Training for a new continuing education program: Peace Officers and the Permit to Carry Law - What every police officer should know about the 2003 Minnesota Citizens Personal Protection Act.
Law enforcement officers are required to complete 48 hours of additional education every three years. The new Walz-Lund offering is a three-hour program. Classes will be scheduled throughout Minnesota.
Dale Walz and Tom Lund are principals of Walz-Lund Enterprises.
Ward joins BMC as director of support services
Craig Ward recently joined Brainerd Medical Center as director of support services.
Ward has nine years experience as a manager in a clinic setting. His most recent experience is as a laboratory/occupational medicine manager for Duluth Clinic in Virginia. Ward's experience includes work with quality and customer service initiatives, developing departmental training programs and processes, and facilities/space design.
As director of support services, Ward will be responsible for directing the activities of many departments at BMC, including registration, scheduling, laboratory and Lakes Area Sleep Health Center. He will focus on staff training, quality assurance and customer service initiatives. In addition, he will work with clinic management to develop long-range strategic plans and organizational policies.
Ward has a bachelor's of science degree in microbiology and medical technology from Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.
LAHRA announces new board, committee members
The Lakes Area Human Resources Association announced new board and committee members for 2008.
They will be serving with Steve Lackner of Lakeland Mold, who is the new chapter president. Board members include: Twyla Flaws, Clow Stamping, past president; Christine Landree, Kuepers Construction, secretary; Joe Schulte, Kelly Services, treasurer; and Robin Loftis, Clow Stamping, president-elect.
Committee chairpersons include: Aimie Anderson, College of St. Scholastica, college relations; Dave Bergin, Fiducia Benefits Group, marketing; Cindy Bollig, Keystone Automotive, communications; Cindy Brey, Minnesota WorkForce Center, program; Cara Lanz, Maddens, legislative; Jean Mershon, Central Lakes College, diversity; Carol Pawlak, Riverwood Healthcare Center, certification; Teresa Schmitz, Morey's International, membership; Shelly Trimble, Nature Vision Inc., program and Web site; Kristi Westbrock, CTC Communications and Becky Wohl, Trident Seafoods, co-chairwomen of the social committee.
LAHRA caters to HR professionals in the lakes area. The group meets the second Thursday of each month from 11:30-1 p.m. at the Red Roof Inn in Brainerd. For more information, go online to www.lahra.org.
Spizzo elected to MLA board of directors
BREZY POINT - Dave Spizzo, Breezy Point Resort, was elected to the Minnesota Lodging Association's Board at the MLA's annual meeting Jan. 22 in Mankato.
The Minnesota Lodging Association is a leading provider of lobbying, education and marketing services to the lodging industry. Members include hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus and suppliers. The MLA is based in St. Paul and served by a staff of 15. It is managed by and part owner of Hospitality Minnesota, which also manages the Minnesota Restaurant Association and the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association. The MLA can be found on the Web at www.hospitalitymn.org.
Lakewood foundation to host 15th annual dinner
STAPLES - The Lakewood Health System Foundation's 15th annual dinner auction is planned for March 28.
The theme for this year's dinner auction is titled "Gold Rush," where guests will travel to the time of the frontier and enjoy food and authentic decor from the Wild West. The annual foundation dinner auction raises funds for the foundation and the projects it supports.
The 2008 foundation dinner auction will be on the patio level at Lakewood Health System's Main Campus. Proceeds from this year's dinner auction will contribute to starting a bereavement garden at Lakewood Health System.
Last year, 170 guests attended the foundation dinner auction and raised nearly $18,000 through donations, a silent auction and live auction. The proceeds from the 2007 foundation dinner auction funded the Mission Fund, which contributed to programs including Helmets Worth Wearing, the Diabetes Resource Center, Pregnant Pause, Staples/Motley Communication Committee, Reach Out and Read Program, Lutheran Social Services Caregiver Support and Respite Program and breath alcohol analyzers.
For more information, contact Connie Etzler at (218) 894-8503, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday Morning Coffee planned Feb. 15
LITTLE FALLS - The Chamber of Commerce, Little Falls, invites all chamber members, employees and guests to the chamber from 7:30-9 a.m. Feb. 15, 200 First St. N.W., for Friday Morning Coffee.
Announcements and introductions will be at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is Rudolph Auto Solutions.
Annual Brainerd Lakes Area Job Fair planned
The Brainerd Lakes Chamber, Bridges Career Academies and Workplace Connection will host the Brainerd Lakes Job Fair at Central Lakes College from 10 a.m.1 p.m. March 12.
The job fair provides employers with an opportunity to reach prospective employees for year-round or seasonal positions.
Registration deadline is March 3. Space is limited and filled on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, go online to www.explorebrainerdlakes.com or contact Mary Gottsch at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber at (218) 822-7117.
Food manager training planned at CLC
A Certified Food Manager course is planned from 5-9 p.m. Feb. 21, 26, and 28 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.
Certification is required in most Minnesota food establishments.
Participants are trained and tested through the ServSafe Serving Safe Food Certification course. They will learn about potentially hazardous foods and safe food handling practices, the HACCP system of food safety, setting up standards and completion upon passing the required exam. Colette Pohlkamp is the instructor. Tuition is $160. Registration deadline is Feb. 14. For information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
Commercial vehicle inspection class planned
A commercial vehicle inspector recertification class is planned 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 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.
The class fee is $80. Instructor is Douglas Brown. Deadline to register is Feb. 14. For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
Culver's gains Ruth Award
BAXTER - For the second time in its five-year history, Culver's Restaurant in Baxter received the top hospitality award from Culver's Franchising Systems, Inc. at the company's annual meeting Feb. 4-6 in Indianapolis.
Culver's of Baxter restaurant received the "Ruth Award," which recognizes outstanding hospitality among Culver's 350 restaurants in 16 states. The award, named in honor of Culver's co-founder Ruth Culver, is a prestigious company award that recognizes a select group of Culver's franchisees who go above and beyond to demonstrate exceptional hospitality.
Bea Liedl, owner of the Baxter Culver's, thanked Craig Culver and her Baxter employees for the award.
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