Salon Couture is awarding the Laine Litzau Customer of the Year prize to a luminary sponsor through a salon staff member.
Sponsorships are used as fund raisers for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at Don Adamson Field in Brainerd in July.
Luminaries may be purchased for $5 in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who had died from the disease. The customer of the year will receive one year of free salon services. The salon has a goal of donating enough to buy 100 to 200 luminaries.
Steiger completes training
BAXTER -- Tom Steiger, owner of Floor to Ceiling in Baxter, completed the "Training the Trainer" session hosted by Floor to Ceiling Corporate on June 13 and June 14.
The two-day session focused on development of an ongoing in-store training program designed to improve all aspects of customer service. Ken Krick, Floor to Ceiling training director, facilitated the session along with Warren Tyler, nationally acclaimed speaker and columnist for Floorcovering News.
US Link adds employees
PEQUOT LAKES -- US Link announced the addition of several new employees to a growing business.
Jeanyne Alderson, formerly of Clow Stamping in Merrifield, joined the US Link retention team as an account coordinator. She will be responsible for the development and maintenance of US Link customers in central Minnesota.
Marilyn Varin joined the communications company as an account coordinator. Her main duties will be to ensure customer satisfaction and recommend new products to current accounts. She has worked in the telecom industry for the past 11 years.
Christina Rubitschung joined US Link's residential sales group. She will spend the majority of her work time selling company products and/or services to residential customers.
Kris Millsop, formerly a system support technician for Miller-Dwan Medical Center, will work as a network support technician.
Melissa Marcotte will work as a financial analyst. She has a degree in accounting from Bemidji State University and Certified Public Accountant status. Marcotte worked previously as a financial and operational analyst for Minnegasco Home Service Plus.
Bridget Larson returned to US Link as a billing support representative after moving back to the area. Her previous duties included working in the customer care, network trouble and local billing departments.
Ellen Briston is a customer care representative. She is a former employee of the Pine River Backus School District.
Julie Cline joined the company as a customer care representative. Her main duties will revolve around fielding customer questions and directing their concerns to the appropriate parties. She was previously employed by the Pine River Backus School as a special education assistant.
Christine Fossum joined the customer service support group. Her duties as a support technician include working with Internet customers to aid in the installation of their service and trouble-shoot any concerns. Fossum completed the Computer Support Specialist program at Central Lakes College in May.
Edward Jones hosts broadcast for investors
Nadine M. Gessner, the Edward Jones investment representative in the Brainerd lakes area, will host a broadcast for individual investors at 3 p.m. July 13. The broadcast, titled "Live with the CEO of Microsoft," will be a satellite network.
Steve Ballmer, the president and CEO of Microsoft, will discuss Microsoft's future in light of a proposed break-up and predictions that the personal computer era is over. Joining Mr. Ballmer to discuss Microsoft will be Art Russell, Edward Jones technology analyst and Alan Skrainka, Edward Jones chief market strategist.
"This broadcast is a unique opportunity to hear what Microsoft has to say and learn its strategies going forward," Gessner stated in a news release. Microsoft was founded in 1975.
For more information, contact Gessner at 824-2285.
US Link adds five to marketing department
PEQUOT LAKES -- US Link added five new staff members of marketing professions to its Pequot Lakes location.
Wendy Van Vorst joined the telecommunications company as an associate product manager. Her main focus is on the successful launch and continued success of long distance and Voice Mail products. Van Vorst has a marketing degree from St. Cloud State University and has more than 22 years experience in Honeywell's customer service and marketing departments.
Patty Buell joined the company's product development team. Her main responsibility is to monitor the continuing growth and expansion of local phone service. This includes new products, features, support materials and training tools that relate to local service.
Heather Hasselberg is the associate manager of advertising and public relations. Formerly of MCIworldcom in Austin, Texas, Hasselberg will provide the combination of technical and creative input to the marketing team. With a double major from Purdue University in telecommunications and journalism, Hasselberg's main responsibility is to design and oversee the creation of print materials and product advertising. Hasselberg is originally from Staples.
Laura Olson-Larson, returns to TDS/US Link as an associate product manager. Prior to taking a position with Oakridge Homes and Woodview Residential Services, she was employed as the head switchboard operator with Arvig Telephone Co. She has a degree in business management from the College of St. Scholastica. Olson-Larson will assume responsibility for the management of Internet product development and its maintained success.
Dawn Buchite will work as the marketing administrative assistant. She has a degree in communication theory and human relations and will work as a support for the marketing staff.
Branch manager promoted at US Bank
Mavis Verville, manager of the US Bank Brainerd branch, was promoted in recognition of her outstanding performance and commitment to customers, US Bank announced in June.
John Murphy, Minnesota President of US Bank said the company was proud of Verville's achievements at the Brainerd branch.
Verville will also have the opportunity to compete for US Bank's Circle of Excellence award for exceptional customer service, which will be awarded in December and includes a free trip to Disney World.
Integra Telecom adds staff
BAXTER -- Integra Telecom, formerly InfoTel Communications, announced staff additions to an expanding staff.
Brenda Thomes and Jessica Beard joined the customer service team. As representatives, they are responsible for service and support in customer communication needs.
Marilyn Pogreba is billing supervisor for the Baxter office. She will oversee the billing department operations. Most recently, Pogreba was employed by Lois Kemp Seafood. She has more than 15 years of experience in billing operations.
Kim Sell is working as a billing specialist. She was previously employed with Golden Valley's Minnesota Communications for the past 21 years.
Mike Bjerkness works as a troubles representative. He will assist in facilitating solutions to customer line troubles.
Ricky Eisenbraun is an I&R technician in the company's St. Cloud office. Formerly with Diversified Communications, Eisenbraun has more than 10 years of experience. He will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of both telephone and DSL services.
Avon honors area sales representatives
Avon Products recognized area sales representatives for outstanding sales performance at an annual president's club tribute.
Women entrepreneurs from the area gathered to receive awards for selling at least $9,500 worth of Avon products in 1999. Brainerd area representatives are Joan Anderson, Donna Aune, Jan Dryburgh, Diana Fox, Betty Jo Franzen, Goldie Hazuka, Deb Johnson, Debbie Magnan, Linda Smelter and Donna Weber. Sand Strom is in Lake Hubert. Dorothy Christopherson is in Ironton and Darlyne Dano and Betty Simenstad are both in Nisswa.
Special recognition was given to Avon leadership representatives who have expanded their direct selling business to include recruiting, training and mentoring new representatives. Avon has three million independent sales representatives.
Loring joins Econo Products
Gregg Loring joined Econo Products Inc. as a regional sales representative.
Loring will be responsible for all Econo Products sales and customer relations activities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska. He has represented firms for the past 10 years, providing printing and distribution work. Loring will provide flexographic converters with a wide range of platemaking equipment and supplies.
Crow Wing Power hosts annual meeting
Crow Wing Power had a record crowd of about 2,700 attend the 63rd annual customer appreciation day and annual meeting about a week ago.
Three candidates ran unopposed in this year's board election. Re-elected for three-year terms were Bob Kangas and Ken Miller. Ron Kristofferson will be new to the board as he was elected and replaces Ron Groat, who chose not to run again.
Immediately after the election, the board conducted its reorganizational meeting where Bette Mezzenga was re-elected president. Vice president will be Kangas. Kay Blais is secretary with Gordon Martin as treasurer.
BRHSC honors longtime employees
Eighty-five employees were honored for their service, including two employees with 40 years of employment and two with 35 years on the job at the Brainerd Regional Human Service Center.
Those honored with 40 years experience were Rod Brixius and Beverly Niemeyer. Recognized for 35 years were Keith Bernard and Lynda Eckman.
The 30-year employees honored were Robert Bowman, Carl Guin, Duane Jensen, Robert Jordan, Edward Nickel, Joan Simonson, Patricia Vanguilder and Mary Welliver.
Recognized for 25 years were Jule Borg, Barbara Cole, Connie Klingelhofer, Patricia Oliver, Betty Simenstad, Carol Sims, Jo Ellen Stave and Rita Steiner.
In addition, there were 23 employees recognized for 20 years experience and 42 employees with 10 years of service.
Kinship Partners contracts for new project
NISSWA -- Kinship Partners Inc. contracted with Shelli Urness, Nisswa, to coordinate a new project, "Pedalin' for Partners" an event set Sept. 16 on the Paul Bunyan Trail.
The purpose of the event is to create awareness of the urgent need for mentors in the Kinship Partners program. Sixty-two children are currently waiting for an adult partner or mentor. Families and individuals are urged to join with friends and neighbors for the day-long event of bicycling or walking on the trail to show support of Kinship Partners. A luncheon celebration will be in Pequot Lakes for all participants, complete with entertainment and prizes.
The event is funded in part by the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation. Urness served as the marketing services manager of Hunt Technologies in Pequot Lakes and senior sales assistant at Universal Pensions Inc.
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