St. Joseph's Medical Center and Lakeland Psychiatry announced that Rosemary Leonard joined Lakeland Psychiatry as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist.
Leonard is a specialist in child and adolescent mental health. She will be working with Dr. Peter Neifert doing both inpatient treatment in the Grace unit at St. Joseph's Medical Center and outpatient psychiatric treatment with a focus on adolescents and youth.
Leonard has more than 20 years experience in mental health treatment nursing. She is experienced in outpatient community mental health, inpatient psychiatric practice and nursing and intensive care unit nursing. For the last 10 years, she has worked in community mental health at Fergus Falls and most recently in Braham.
Leonard has a master's degree in human relations counseling from Webster University, St. Louis, and a bachelor's degree in social psychology and a nursing degree from North Hennepin School of Nursing in Minneapolis. She has completed coursework for prescriptive practice from the University of Minnesota.
Three join USDA Rural Development in Baxter
BAXTER - USDA Rural Development's Baxter office recently selected a new business specialist and welcomed two new team members to handle the organization's housing programs.
Thomas Leach was selected as an area specialist to administer the organization's business programs in northeastern Minnesota. Rural Development's business programs work in partnership with the private sector and community-based organizations to provide financial assistance and business planning through loan guarantees, revolving funds and some grants. Leach also will work in the renewable energy field.
Also joining the Baxter office is area specialist Brian Boyda and Terry Atkinson.
Boyda previously worked in the Duluth office for three years and in St. Cloud for two. He primarily works with 70 low-income housing apartments in the 10 northeastern counties of Minnesota.
Atkinson previously worked in Rural Development's Waite Park office for 13 years and in Little Falls for seven. Atkinson works with the single-family housing programs, which assist very-low, low- and moderate-income individuals or families buy or repair homes in Crow Wing, Cass and Aitkin counties.
Marco gains recognition from Mitel
Marco Inc., a distributor of advanced data and voice communications solutions for businesses with offices in Brainerd, has been named a "Diamond Dealer" for 2007 by Mitel, a provider of unified communications solutions and applications for organizations.
The designation was bestowed at Mitel's recent 2008 Business Partner Forum in Orlando, Fla. Mitel partners achieving this status generate annual wholesale/net purchases of more than $3.5 million.
Verville joins First Federal Savings
BAXTER - Mavis Verville joined First Federal Savings Bank in Baxter as a customer service representative.
Verville has been in the area banking industry for more then 20 years, including experience as personal banker, sales and service manager.
Benedett joins Disability Linkage Line
Keith Benedett, Brainerd, joined the Disability Linkage Line in central Minnesota.
Benedett was hired recently as a full-time specialist to assist callers in finding resources for people with disabilities. Benedett has an extensive background in working with disability-related programs and services.
The Disability Linkage Line is a toll-free information/referral service for Minnesotans to access information, services and resources. The office is located at 17025 Commercial Park Road, Brainerd, and covers the 26-county area.
Loukas joins Grand Casino Mille Lacs
ONAMIA - Grand Casino Mille Lacs announced the addition of John Loukas as vice president of marketing for Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Loukas has more than 15 years of advertising and marketing experience with eight years of leadership experience in the gaming industry, having worked in several senior executive marketing roles.
Loukas was the interim chief executive officer and chief marketing officer for Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise in Sisseton, S.D., where he led a marketing team of more than 100 people. Previously, he had a senior director of marketing position at Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass, Texas.
Hoglund attends conference
Janis D. A. Hoglund, owner of the Helping You Hear clinics in the Brainerd lakes area, was one of nearly 7,000 audiologists attending the 2008 American Academy of Audiology conference in Charlotte, N.C.
The April 2-5 international gathering is one of the foremost annual events for the hearing health industry. Participants previewed the latest technologies and learned state-of-the-art procedures for diagnosing and treating the more than 32 million Americans who have hearing loss.
The Brainerd Helping You Hear clinic is at North Central Medical Supply and there is a clinic in Perham. Hoglund is a speech pathology/audiology graduate from North Dakota State University. She earned her master's degree in audiology at the University of Northern Colorado. A licensed audiologist in the state of Minnesota, Hoglund is also a member of the Minnesota Academy of Audiology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
Halfren joins Lakewood as medical director
STAPLES - Dr. John Halfren is the new medical director at Lakewood Health System.
After 10 years of serving as the medical director, Lakewood Health System thanked Dr. William Mennis for his dedication and leadership. Mennis began serving as medical director in 1998 when he agreed to help lead Lakewood Health System through the hospital and clinic merger. Mennis has been practicing medicine at Lakewood Health System for 40 years and will continue to see patients at Lakewood Health System.
Halfen has been serving as medical director part time since September of 2007 and has been practicing at Lakewood Health System for 15 years.
Wal-Mart raises more than $30,000
BAXTER - The Baxter Wal-Mart Supercenter received a Children's Miracle Network traveling trophy, honoring its fundraising efforts on behalf of Children's Miracle Network and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in 2007. The store raised a total of $32,739, the highest dollar figure of all Wal-Mart Supercenters in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Last year marked the second consecutive year the Baxter store has surpassed the $30,000 mark.
The Children's Miracle Network traveling trophy has become a tradition - and friendly competition - among Wal-Mart stores in the region. Each year, a trophy is awarded to the Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Supercenter and Sam's Club store that raises the highest total donations to benefit Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul.
Kirk Helmberger, Wal-Mart store manager, said store employees made an impact on the lives of children in Minnesota by their efforts and with the support of the Baxter community.
In addition to its storewide fundraising efforts, many Baxter Wal-Mart employees have gone above and beyond expectations. Cashiers Dana Torkelson, Doris Carter and Dolores Berry raised more than $10,000 each in the last several years. Baxter Wal-Mart employees raised money by selling Children's Miracle Network miracle balloon icons to shoppers at check-out. The store engaged in additional fundraising efforts throughout the year, including golf tournaments, a bowl-a-thon, employee bake sales and an in-store cotton candy and popcorn stands.
Menards gains recognition for energy efficiency
BAXTER - Menards, an Energy Star partner since 2003, was recognized for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by educating consumers and team members about energy-efficient products.
Key achievements include participating in national Energy Star campaigns, building a Web page with strong environmental messaging, launching an educational Energy Star e-mail campaign, implementing independent promotions featuring Energy Star and sponsoring grand opening materials that feature Energy Star information.
Pawlenty won't oppose Big Stone despite scientist plea
ST. PAUL (AP) - Governor Tim Pawlenty won't publicly oppose a new coal-burning power plant on Minnesota's western border, despite a noted scientist's plea.
Dr. James Hansen is director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and is one of the nation's most prominent and controversial climate scientists.
He is asking that Pawlenty oppose the constrution of the proposed Big Stone II power plant in Milbank, South Dakota.
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