Range Printing recently promoted Jim Kalthoff to a role in account development.
Kalthoff served as a customer service member for about three years. In his new role, he will focus on educating customers of integrated services at Range. Kalthoff will also assist the sales department with his knowledge of these new technologies.
Osterloh attends national land conference
Rod Osterloh, Close-Converse, Brainerd, recently attended the Realtors Land Institute 2009 National Land Conference held in Nashville, Tenn.
The land conference is an educational and networking resource for Land Brokers from across the country. This year's opening session was entitled, "Economic Outlook for 2009 - Expect the Unexpected," presented by Mark Dotzour of Texas A&M University Real Estate Center.
Osterloh has been a real estate professional since 1978 and with Close-Converse since 2003. He specializes in land marketing and development.
Aspros earns 401(k) credential
Julie Aspros recently earned the Qualified 401(k) Administrator credential from the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries.
She completed a rigorous education and examination program, covering a broad range of retirement plan issues. Aspros joins about 3,000 retirement plan professionals across the United States who maintain the QKA credential. She is an account manager at Ascensus in Brainerd. Aspros earned a bachelor's degree in observational behavior from St. Scholastica.
Two join Tanner Motors
Two salesmen joined the sales team at Tanner Motors.
J.D. Grimsley returned to Tanner Motors. He has 15 years experience in the auto sales industry locally. Don Fillbrandt also joined the Tanner Motors team. He has a year of auto sales experience.
Vesel participates in AQHA program
PILLAGER - Michael J. Vesel, Pillager, recently earned an award for logging 5,000 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program.
The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American quarter horses in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding. Participants complete an application, pay a one-time $35 enrollment fee and keep a log sheet. They don't need to own their own horse, but all hours must be logged on a registered American quarter horse. Nine awards are presented at 100 to 5,000 hour levels. Those at the 500- and 5,000-hour award levels receive recognition in "The American Quarter Horse Journal," AQHA's monthly magazine.
Hasson joins Big Stone Therapies
Big Stone Therapies announced Nicole M. Hasson was hired as occupational therapist.
Hasson started April 1. She has a master's degree in occupational therapy from the College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in health sciences and a minor in psychology from the College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth. She is president of the Student Occupational Therapy Association.
Business After Hours planned Tuesday
LITTLE FALLS - The Little Falls-based Chamber of Commerce's networking event, Business After Hours, is planned from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at Brandl Motors, 14873 113th St., Little Falls.
Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to all chamber members and their employees. For more information, call the chamber at (320) 632-5155. No RSVP needed.
Latte 'n' Learn to look at next work force
BAXTER - At the Brainerd Lakes Chamber's Latte 'n' Learn event about the Next Generation Workforce, an expert panel will lead the discussion about a multi-generational work force and how it affects business.
Panelists include: Brian Herder, Russell & Herder; Kevin Thesing, Lakes Printing; Becky Best, Central Lakes College/Bridges Career Academies; Mary Gottsch, Brainerd Lakes Chamber/Bridges Workplace Connection; Aaron Baseman, Radco/Lakes Vybe member.
The event is planned from 8-9 a.m. Thursday at the Country Inn & Suites, 15058 Dellwood Drive in Baxter. Cost to attend is $10, advance registration is requested. For more information, go online at explorebrainerdlakes.com or call 829-2838 or (800) 450-2838.
Friday Morning Coffee planned in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS - Friday Morning Coffee, a networking event with the Chamber of Commerce in Little Falls, is planned from 7:30-9 a.m. at US Bank, 101 E. Broadway in Little Falls.
Announcements and introductions are at 8:15 a.m. For more information, call (320) 632-5155 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administrative Professional's Day luncheon set
LITTLE FALLS - An Administrative Professional's Day luncheon is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at Cabin Fever Saloon & Eatery, 15331 183th St. in Little Falls.
Cost for the event is $12 with RSVP requested by Friday to the chamber.
Sue Christensen, New Day Training & Life Coaching, is the featured speaker. She is expected to share tips on keeping life balanced and keeping yourself healthy and happy. A second part of the program features honing communication skills that will assist in job performance.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or go online to www.littlefallsmnchamber.com and click on events and the luncheon.
Presentation looks at identity theft protection
LITTLE FALLS - Horizon Health Services along with Home Savings of America and the Initiative Foundation are offering a free community presentation on identify theft from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 27 at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls.
Questions to be addressed include: How do thieves steal your identity? How can you find out if your identify has been stolen? What should you do if it has? How can you help fight against identity theft? Participants may win a chance at a new paper shredder.
Registration is required. RSVP by contacting Doreen at Horizon Health at (800) 224-6451.
Lakes Vybe luncheon planned Thursday
BAXTER - Lakes Vybe Luncheon featuring entrepreneurship is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the open space next to Rafferty's Pizza in Westgate Mall in Baxter.
Invited panelists include: Jody Harting; Employment Resource Center Inc.; Mark Loshco, Rafferty's Pizza; Scott Stroot, Ameriprise Financial - Stroot & Associates; and LaJeanna Eckhoff, Social Butterfly Event Design & Boutique.
In addition, there will be time for networking with other participants and lunch will be provided. Cost is $10, pre-registration is requested.
Lakes Vybe is a networking group with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber for individuals age 21-40.
Northern Pacific Center hosts Business After Hours
The Northern Pacific Center plans to host a Business After Hours from 4:30-6 p.m. April 14 at 1511 Northern Pacific Road Suite 104.
Participants will be able to view the remodeled facility and meet with tenants.
Chamber members are invited to attend this free event and bring their business cards for a chance to win door prizes. Advanced registration is recommended. For more information, go online to explorebrainerdlakes.com or call 829-2838 or (800) 450-2838.
Masquerade ball planned April 24
CROSSLAKE - The Brainerd Lakes Chamber Auction Masquerade Ball is planned April 24 at the Whitefish Lodge and Suites in Crosslake.
The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the auction to follow. Formal attire is welcome but not required. Tickets are $30 with pre-registration or $35 at the door for non-chamber members. The purpose of the event is to raise money for capital projects and improvements at the Crosslake and Pequot Lakes Welcome Centers, local event and promotional projects, educational seminars and marketing the lakes area.
For more information contact the Crosslake office at (218) 692-4027 or the Pequot Lakes office at (218) 568-8911 through Friday or go online to explorebrainerdlakes.com.
Food manager training planned at CLC
A Serving It Safe review course will be from 5 to 9 p.m. April 21 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.
This course provides four hours of continuing education for certified food managers. It will address food sanitation and safety, emerging trends in food preparation and handling sanitation and prevention of food-borne illness.
Colette Pohlkamp is the instructor. Tuition is $70.
Registration deadline is Tuesday. For more information, call toll-free (800) 933-0346 extension 8142 or 855-8142.
Small fruits workshop set at Staples Ag Center
STAPLES - The Central Lakes Ag Center near Staples plans to host a workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. April 23 about growing strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries in central Minnesota.
Varieties, growing methods, diseases and pest control will be discussed.
Thaddeus McCamant, a specialty crops instructor at Northland College, will lead the workshop. This class is suitable for both commercial and home orchards.
Registration fee is $25. To pre-register and obtain more information, call Shirley Judd at (218) 894-5161 by April 21.
This workshop is made available through the cooperative efforts of Living Legacy Gardens/Central Lakes College and Staples Motley Community Education.
Food manager course planned in April
A Certified Food Manager course is planned from 5-9 p.m. April 23, 28, and 30 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.
Certification is required in most Minnesota food establishments.
The class instructor is Colette Pohlkamp.
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.
The course fee is $160.
Registration deadline is Thursday. For more information, (800) 933-0346 extension 8142 or 855-8142.
Marco receives three awards from United Way
United Way of Central Minnesota recently presented Marco, which has offices in Brainerd, with three awards at the annual banquet on March 19 at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud.
Marco received the Chairman's Award of Excellence for promoting United Way year-round through company activities and agency involvement and for the tremendous success of their 2008 campaign.
United Way honored Marco with the Creativity and Innovation Award to recognize the fun and creative ways they engage their employees during the annual pledge campaigns.
The Community Builder Award was presented for exceeding campaign contributions by 10 percent or more. Marco exceeded their 2008 United Way Campaign goal for employee and corporate contributions by 15 percent during last year, totaling $86,963.
Tom Rickers was 2008 United Way Campaign chairman. Beth Arneson is United Way coordinator for Marco. Kathy Zenzen is Director of Resource Development for the United Way. Jeff Gau is Marco chief executive officer and United Way board member.
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