The second annual Women's Expo is being planned to provide information on companies and services that benefit women in the lakes area.
The expo will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22 at the National Guard Armory. The Lakes Area's Women's Expo is an organization of professional women in the Brainerd area.
Topics to be covered include business opportunities, finance, investments, education, health care, fitness, fashion, home decorating and others. Breakout information sessions are planned. Girl Scouts will be selling cookies and an on-site food court is also planned.
More than 50 exhibitor booths will be part of the expo. There is no admission charge.
The expo also raises funds for area women's non-profit charities.
Brainerd lakes area hits in magazine's top three list. AAA's member publication, Home & Away Magazine, surveyed their readers to determine their favorite Minnesota attractions, festivals, lake/river recreational areas, places to take out-of-town guests and scenic drives.
The top three favorite attractions were -- Mall of America, Valleyfair and the State Capitol Building in St. Paul.
But the area hit came in the lake/river recreational area and also indicated the name the area may be best recognized by and thereby best able to use to market itself. The top three recreational areas were -- St. Croix national scenic river, Lake Superior in Duluth and the Brainerd Lakes area.
Complete reader favorite ratings will be published in the upcoming March/April 2003 edition of Home & Away Magazine and posted on their Web site at www.HomeAndAwayMagazine.com.
SignCrafters, a custom design and manufacturer of sandblasted redwood signs for residential, commercial and city uses, has new owners. Tom and Beth Rutske, Brainerd, assumed ownership the beginning of March.
In a news release Tom Rutske stated former owners, Brent and Carol Manley, were retained and will be working on a smooth transition during the next six months. SignCrafters was founded in 1987.
Rutske said he, Beth and their son, Matt, will be working to expand the business and market area. A current project will be shipped to Alaska. For the next several months, the business will operate at its current location on Highway 77 near the Gull River. This fall, Rutske said the business will relocate to a larger facility in the area.
The Rutskes owned and operated the Brainerd Dairy Queen from 1976 to 2000. Tom Rutske was also a real estate saleman/broker and he was human resources director at Universal Pensions Inc. for 16 years.
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