Wolter promoted to senior attorney
Tifanne Wolter was promoted to senior attorney at the Ulanowski Law Firm, Brainerd.
Wolter joined the Ulanowski Law Firm two years ago as an associate attorney. She has experience in handling family law cases for clients, both in the Brainerd and Maple Grove area. Her practice is focused on marriage dissolution, child custody, child support and business divisions.
In addition, Wolter assists clients in adoptions and prenuptial agreements. Wolter also assisted grandparents in obtaining custody and worked with parents to obtain a change of custody for their children.
Wolter is gaining appellate court experience by assisting the firm with appellate court cases. Wolter recently received mediation licensing and is viewed as a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Hanson quoted for Boston Globe article
Steve Hanson, co-founder of TheJanitorialStore.com and president of Brainerd Lakes Cleaning and Supply was interviewed by the Boston Globe for an article that ran in the Home/Business section on April 13.
The article discussed an environmentally friendly cleaning innovation - the vapor steam cleaner. Because it uses only tap water, these machines disinfect, clean and deodorize all in one simple process without the use of chemicals.
Iliff joins The Fine Line
Joanne Iliff joined The Fine Line in Brainerd.
Iliff is a licensed aesthetician. She previously worked at Bemidji Hair Styling Center. She specializes in facials, skin care, makeup, body wraps and waxing services. She also is a certified Zumba instructor, a Latin dancing exercise class offered Thursday nights at the Fine Line.
Lakewood Health System receives grant
STAPLES - Lakewood Health System, Staples, recently received a Rural Hospital Capital Improvement grant from The Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care totaling $124,500.
The grant will assist Lakewood Health System to purchase a full-field digital mammography system to compliment and complete the digital radiography services at Lakewood Health System.
Lakewood Health System's mammography and women's health services have grown substantially in the last five years. The FFDM system reportedly detects more breast cancer cases than other forms of mammography services, particularly in women under the age of 50, while also providing benefits like shorter waiting times for patients and increased data integrity.
Jacobson joins 1st Choice Network
Joel Jacobson recently joined 1st Choice Network's Brainerd office.
Jacobson, Brainerd, is a recent graduate from Lake Superior College. He is licensed to sell auto, home, medical and life insurance, as well as setting up individual retirement accounts.
Roller, Larson receive recognition
John Roller and Mike Larson, from the city of Brainerd, were recognized for outstanding performance as wastewater treatment plants operators during 2007 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
One hundred sixty Minnesota facilities were awarded certificates of commendation for meeting the agency's criteria for excellence in operations. Roller and Larson received the award March 27 in Brooklyn Center. The city of Brainerd first received this award in 1984 and earned an award 16 times since then.
To be eligible for the certificates, winning facilities had to comply with discharge permit requirements throughout the year. These requirements included submitting all monitoring reports to the MPCA correctly and on time, demonstrating compliance through monitoring or in surveys and employing MPCA-certified operators.
Cowell attends Advanced Business Market School
BAXTER - David Cowell, a financial adviser of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, recently attended the Advanced Business Market School at the firm's home office in Milwaukee.
The training included sessions on estate planning, pension plans, disability income and business insurance presented by home office officials and other financial representatives from throughout the U.S.
Cowell, who joined the company in 2000, has an office on Design Drive in Baxter.
Dondelinger to host CHOW event
BAXTER - Dondelinger Chevrolet Cadillac, Baxter, will host the Brainerd Lakes Chamber networking event CHOW at noon Thursday at their Baxter location on Highway 210 just east of Highway 371.
Lunch will be catered by Prairie Bay. There will be a chance to win door prizes. Cost to attend is $5 with advance reservations and $7 at the door. Advance registration and cancellations accepted until 4 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, go online to www.explorebrainerdlakes.com or call 829-2838.
Chamber to sponsor Business After Hours
LITTLE FALLS - The Chamber of Commerce, Little Falls, will sponsor its next Business After Hours networking event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 22.
Hosting the event is US Bank located at 101 E. Broadway. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to all chamber members and their employees. No RSVP needed.
For more information, call the chamber at (320) 632-5155.
Licensed child care providers to meet at Cragun's
At the request of the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association, Gov. Tim Pawlenty proclaimed May 4-10, 2008 Family Child Care Provider Week.
For 21 years MLFCCA has honored and trained family providers across the state with the kick off event, the Week of the Family Provider Conference and Honoree Banquet. This year's celebration and professional development event will be at Cragun's Resort May 2-4.
There will be 19 classes to choose from, a keynote presentation and a banquet honoring selected providers of the year from 38 counties. Featured speakers include Jim Greenman and Sue Baldwin.
Greenman is a worldwide speaker, consultant and author. He has worked with fortune 500 companies and universities. Baldwin travels internationally training early childhood professionals and has authored four books. She is a credentialed trainer for the Early Childhood and School Age Trainers Association.
The Saturday evening banquet honors more than 40 providers selected by their area county provider associations as their county's provider of the year. The event honors providers and their families with a sit-down dinner, program speakers and awards. The public is encouraged to attend.
MLFCCA is a member of the Umbrella Strategic Alliance, which consists of the Minnesota Association of the Education of Young Children, the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association, the Alliance of Early Childhood Professionals and the Minnesota School Age Care Alliance.
For more information go to www.mlfcca.org or call Katy Chase at (651) 636-1989 ext. 12.
Business strategies workshop planned
A series of workshops called "Business Strategies for Changing Economic Times" will cover winning in the marketplace, managing marketplace strategy, strategy for small business, and managing the political and social environment.
The workshop sessions are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29, May 6 and 13 and May 21 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Instructor Brian Lehman is an accomplished business and marketing strategist with many years of assisting corporations and both large and small companies.
The workshop fee is $295. Deadline to register is April 22. For more information, call 855-8142.
Supervisors workshop scheduled May 1
The Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College in Brainerd scheduled a workshop for new supervisors and supervisors who would like a refresher on performance management.
"Discipline and Documentation 101" will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 1. Fred Eiesland is the workshop leader.
Topics covered are expected to include: Employee discipline - steps you can take to prevent employee problems and choices you have when you decide to discipline; documentation - good documentation makes the difference; performance evaluations - properly done, performance evaluations can head off headaches; disciplinary investigations - look before you leap; termination of employment - when all else fails.
The workshop fee is $89. Deadline to register is April 24. For more information, call 855-8142.
'Quickbooks for Accounting' scheduled
Central Lakes College has scheduled a three-credit course on the Brainerd campus for computerized accounting.
Quickbooks Pro for Windows, is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on May 6, 13, and 20. The course will provide the basic skills necessary for system setup, cash receipts, accounts receivable, cash disbursements and accounts payable. Each participant receives an individualized, on-site session. Prior knowledge of the program is not required and it is not necessary to own the software. The instructor is Jay Bock. The class meets in Room C 222.
The student will receive three college credits upon successful completion of the course. Tuition is $352.74. A $20 application fee may apply. The deadline to register is April 29.
For more information, call 855-8142.
High energy prices hinder economic growth
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - High energy prices have led to languishing economic growth and continued job losses in 10 Midwestern and Plains states, including Minnesota, according to a survey of rural bankers.
The overall economic index for the region rose slightly to 47.5, from 46.3 in March, still weak and below the nearly two-year low of 50 measured in February.
An index greater than 50 indicates a growing economy over the next three to six months. Last April's reading was 66.9.
The April new hiring index rose slightly to 43.4, from March's 42.5.
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