Dr. Richard Roberts, Brainerd, attended the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians' spring refresher in Minneapolis.
More than 400 family physicians gathered for the biggest continuing medical education session for family physicians in the state. The conference gives family medicine residents, medical students and family physicians the opportunity to learn about trends in caring for patients and their families. The academy is a professional association of about 2,900 members.
Morris completes training program
Ron Morris, co-owner of Insty-Prints on Washington Street in Brainerd, recently completed a training program at Allegra Network's global headquarters in Northville, Mich.
Morris discussed the latest technology and trends in the printing industry with other new owners, as well as the franchise system's management and support staff.
Morris and his wife and business partner, Millie Engisch-Morris, recently bought Insty-Prints in Brainerd after extensive careers in the printing and graphic arts industry. Morris was a customer business manager at Kodak Polychrome Graphics when he and his wife decided to open their own printing business.
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Engisch-Morris, a Brainerd Dispatch employee, previously was a freelance graphic designer.
Hospitality Minnesota elects board of directors
John Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh's Resort, Brainerd, and Chris Ruttger, Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood, were two area representatives elected to terms on the Hospitality Minnesota Board.
Kavanaugh, vice president, was elected to a one-year term. In addition to Kavanaugh, other area directors representing the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association on the Hospitality Minnesota Board includes Ruttger.
Tom Chase, Marriott City Center Hotel Minneapolis, and Arnold J. Hewes, CAE, executive vice president of the Minnesota Restaurant, Hotel & Lodging and Resort & Campground Associations, have been elected to one-year terms, respectively, as chairman and president/CEO of Hospitality Minnesota.
Hospitality Minnesota manages the Minnesota Restaurant Association, Minnesota Hotel & Lodging Association and the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association, as well as operates one of the largest regional food service and lodging trade shows in the country, the UP Show.
More than 3,000 restaurants, hotels, motels, resorts, campgrounds and allied businesses comprise the membership of the three associations.
Handeland joins Advanced Auto Repairs
Gary Handeland joined Advanced Auto Repair of Brainerd Inc., at Northwest Ninth Street.
Handeland is an alignment specialist and under car repair specialist. He has attended classes and seminars many times a year in the past 24 years since his technical school education. He has 19 years of experience from his previous job.
Credit union announces board changes
The 48th annual meeting of Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union resulted in the retirement of two board members, the election of a new director and the re-election of two existing board members.
Gert Roggenkamp recently announced her retirement after serving a 19-year term. Roggenkamp was first elected to the board in 1988 and spent many years serving as board secretary.
Barb Anderson also announced her retirement after serving a 10-year term. Filling her position on the board is Eric Fischer. Fisher, director of compliance and corrections for BISYS Corp. in Baxter, has been a MMFCU member for four years, serving on the MMFCU Supervisory Committee since October of 2002.
Board incumbents Jeff Wig and Shawn Sundquist were re-elected to three-year terms. Elected to the board in 2001, Wig is a business instructor and a coordinator/adviser for the accounting degree program at Central Lakes College. Wig has served as a vice chairman on the MMFCU Board, and is a member of the Asset/Liability Management Committee.
A director since 2002, Sundquist is Range Printing general manager in Brainerd and has been a member of Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union for more than 15 years.
Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union's Board of Directors consists of volunteer representatives of the entire Credit Union membership. Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative with offices in Brainerd, Baxter, Crosby, Little Falls, Staples, and Alexandria.
Norgon joins CTC as a trainer
Rob Norgon recently joined Brainerd-based Consolidated Telecommunications Co. as a trainer.
Norgon most recently taught business education and computer applications at Pequot Lakes High School and Brainerd Community Education. In addition, he also taught at the College of St. Thomas through the continuing education program for teachers.
Norgon, a Microsoft Office specialist master instructor, will teach all of CTC's training classes at its training facility in Baxter.
Manufacturing employees graduate from training
Eight area manufacturing employees are ready for a certification test important in their careers as materials and production managers as a result of training at Central Lakes College.
The eight "graduated" from certification review training June 10 after a series of five classes of 20 hours each over three days. They now are prepared for a test that when passed affords the title of certified production and inventory management professional.
Trainers Ronald Parker and Charles Luman led the group through coursework endorsed by APICS, the national association devoted to inventory control. Greg Bergman, director of the Small Business Development Center at CLC, coordinated the process.
On "graduation day," Joe Klucas, director of operations at Hunt Technologies, Inc., Pequot Lakes, reinforced the value of such certification in production and inventory control.
The eight who received certificates of completion at CLC are Brian Martinson and Brian Heitkotter, both of Baxter; Troy Hannah, Brainerd; Andrea Sergott, Crosslake; Mary Zabloski, Little Falls; Randy Gordon and Paulette Buchanan, both of Pequot Lakes; and Brandon Dobson, Pillager.
Winkler named marketing vice president at casino
ONAMIA -- Connie Winkler, a casino industry veteran with more than 17 years of experience, is the new vice president of marketing at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
She oversees all marketing aspects for one of Minnesota's top tourist attractions. About two million people visit Grand Casino Mille Lacs each year.
Winkler has worked in the casino industry since 1987. She began in public relations at Vegas World in Las Vegas and was quickly promoted to assistant director of marketing, a position she held until 1994. Since then, she has held executive marketing positions at casinos in Las Vegas, Missouri, Louisiana and northern Nevada.
Most recently, Winkler was the vice president of account services for Berline, an advertising agency in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where she helped open Detroit's Greektown Casino. She has a degree from the University of Michigan.
'Going Into Business' class set July 8
"Going Into Business for Yourself" at Central Lakes College will be 6 to 9 p.m. July 8 in the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus.
The seminar covers all areas of business start-up, advice on how to get one's dream off the ground, how to become and stay profitable, including financing of a new venture.
This session will assist the potential business owner through the process of developing the project, provide the opportunity to have questions addressed and identify other helpful resources. The instruction includes business structure and required government filings.
Free follow-up counseling is available from the Small Business Development Center's team of consultants. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $40 per person or $60 for participant and one additional business partner.
Registration deadline is July 1.
For more information, call (800) 933-0346, extension 8142 or 855-8142.
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