Widseth Smith Nolting adds staff
BAXTER -- Widseth Smith Nolting, design and engineering firm in Baxter, recently added several staff members.
Elissa Novotny joined WSN's architecture department with two years of experience in American Indian architecture. She also spent two years assisting with research in sustainable design and structural design at the University of Minnesota.
As an intern architect for WSN, Novotny is responsible for programming, schematic design, design development, generating architectural plans/construction documents, cost estimating, site observation, drafting and three-dimensional rendering using AutoCAD as part of the Intern Development Program that is required to become eligible for architectural registration.
Novotny has a bachelor's degree in architecture with a minor in American Indian studies, as well as a master's degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota.
WSN recently added Darren Laesch and Ross Hendrickson to the engineering department.
Laesch has engineering-related experience in quality assurance, drafting, surveying, construction inspection and GIS mapping. As an engineer-in-training, he contributes to the civil engineering team by assisting in the design of water and sewer utilities, transportation, bridge and other municipal engineering projects.
Laesch earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota-Institute of Technology in 2002.
Hendrickson, engineering technician, has more than seven years of experience in engineering and architectural drafting, estimating, surveying and project management. He is responsible for drafting, design drafting, surveying, staking and construction inspection on a variety of municipal engineering projects, including street and highway improvements, water and sewer systems and wastewater treatment systems. Hendrickson earned an associate's degree in architectural drafting and estimating technology from North Dakota State College of Science in 1997.
Haapajoki gains promotion at Integra
BAXTER -- Eryk Haapajoki was promoted to sales manager at Integra Telecom, with offices in Baxter.
Haapajoki has been in sales at Integra Telecom for seven years as an account executive. In Haapajoki's new position he will manage the sales operations in Brainerd, Nisswa, Duluth, St. Cloud and Little Falls.
Haapajoki has been an Integra Telecom President's Club award winner for the past four years and was the top sales executive in 1998 and 1999. Haapajoki was named Young Citizen of the Year in 2004 and is the chairman of the J. Haapajoki Memorial Softball Tournament.
Poland attends seminar
CROSBY -- Dr. Jerome D. Poland, owner of the Crosby Eye Clinic, recently attended the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery's annual scientific meeting in Washington, D.C.
During the five-day seminar, up-to-date ophthalmic research papers were presented along with group discussions and course offerings on transferring this technology.
Poland participated in a session that focused on the development of a device to treat presbyopia, which is the inability to see clearly at near points, such as reading or working at the computer. The Crosby Eye Clinic is expected to be one of the FDA-approved investigational sites for the development of this new device.
Poland is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota's Medical School who has lectured nationwide on various ophthalmic issues. He is one of the pioneers in refractive surgery and has been involved in the research and development of lens implants currently used worldwide in cataract surgeries.
Woodland Bank to open in Jenkins
JENKINS -- Staff members have been announced for Woodland Bank in Jenkins, which opens Friday.
Roger LaPointe is bank manager. LaPointe has been in the banking business for more than 30 years. Previously he was branch manager of the U.S. Bank office in Pine River for three years, and for 22 years he was vice president of lending at Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union. He attended the University of Minnesota and Central Lakes College.
Lynn Daudt was named vault teller. Her responsibilities include vault operations and supervision of tellers. Formerly, she was a loan processor at Pine River State Bank.
Terri Shogren is the bank's customer service representative, specializing in new accounts and personal service coordinator. Before joining Woodland Bank, she was a teller at Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union in Staples.
Lacey Stetler is the bank's lobby and drive-up teller. She previously worked as a bookkeeper at Pine River State Bank.
The 4,200-square-foot office has three teller stations, a two-lane drive-up teller and a drive-up automated teller machine. Jenkins is the fifth Woodland Bank. The bank is headquartered in Remer.
Erdrich named Little Falls employee of the month
LITTLE FALLS -- Jan Erdrich, Little Falls, was named Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month for June.
Erdrich is employed with Unity Family Healthcare as housing manager/Alverna Apartments. She has been with Unity Family for 19 1/2 years and has been managing the Alverna Apartments for three years. Erdrich's employer noted her leadership and commitment to service for their tenants.
Small-business technology training offered
The Small-Business Development Center at Central Lakes College in Brainerd will host a free research and technology transfer program for those who work with small businesses on June 23.
The Innovative Research and Technology workshop is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. in E208 of the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus. It will provide basic knowledge on how to identify and assess a quality client to apply for federal research and development funding.
This program will help business people understand the essential elements of an important economic development tool for Minnesota.
Space is limited. Pre-registration is requested. For more information, contact Jan at (800) 933-0346, extension 8142 or 855-8142.
Business Before Hours set Thursday
BAXTER -- The Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce's Business Before Hours will be at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lodge at Brainerd Lakes just off Highway 371 North in Baxter.
Cost to attend the networking event is $3 for those pre-registered or $5 at the door.
The deadline to RSVP is 1 p.m. the day before the event.
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