Consolidated Telecommunications Co., Brainerd, announced an agreement to acquire C-I Communications Inc.
If approved, the sale is expected to close in the second quarter of 2009.
CTC recently reported the agreement with Emily Cooperative Telephone Co. to acquire its wholly owned subsidiary, C-I Communications Inc. which provides telecommunications and Internet services in Crosby and Ironton.
"C-I Communications will continue to offer the high quality home town service, with new and improved technologies in the future," CTC reported.
CTC, formed in 1952, confirmed the agreement is conditional upon a two-thirds approval vote from Emily Cooperative's membership and regulatory approvals.
"With a strong foundation in place CTC will continue to provide all of the services currently provided and will offer additional services such as digital TV and business IP Phone systems," Robert Olson, Emily Cooperative general manager, said in a news release. Emily Cooperative Telephone Co. was formed in 1975 and serves Emily, Fifty Lakes, Little Pine and Fairfield townships.
Kevin Larson, CEO of CTC said: "We feel this agreement will help position the Crosby-Ironton area businesses and residents to benefit from new technologies in the future. This is a strong partnership between two local cooperatives. Both companies feel this is a positive move to help expand advanced telecommunication services to the rural community."
Earthtones Massage Studio moved to north Brainerd on Monday. The studio, formerly in Wayne's Barber Shop on Washington Street in northeast Brainerd, moved into the Life Care Center on Kingwood Street. Paula Hartman, certified massage therapist and owner of Earthtones, is leasing space in the Life Care Center. Hartman said a growing clientele helped her make the move, which provides greater flexibility for appointments.
Hartman said she recently received certification for Bowen Work, soft tissue manipulation.
Panache Salons & Day Spas, with a salon in Baxter, announced they entered into a new eco-friendly project since becoming an Aveda concept salon. The salon reported stylist Scarlett Kintop spotted the idea of collecting hair to clean up petroleum spills.
Hair collected at Panache locations will be mailed to Matter of Trust, a San Francisco-based company, where the clippings are made into mats used to clean up oil spills like the spill on Ocean Beach in 2007, Panache reported, adding after their use the mats are used in a study investigating ways to transform the oil-coated hair into safe, rich compost. Who knew?
RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5852.
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