Lt. Tom Fraser, originally from Crosslake, was recently selected as commander of the State Patrol's Capitol Security/Executive Protection Unit.
Fraser was promoted to captain in a ceremony at the State Patrol central office in St. Paul. He succeeds Capt. Jay Swanson, who assumes the leadership of the State Patrol's East Metro District Office.
"Tom Fraser is a non-nonsense, proven leader who throughout his career has demonstrated our core values of ethics, pride, excellence and professionalism," Col. Anne Beers stated.
Fraser began his career as a trooper assigned to the West Metro District Office in 1979. He worked there 19 years, four of which he spent as station sergeant in the Moundsview area before being promoted to lieutenant in 1988. In 1998, he transferred to the East Metro District Office and currently supervises troopers in the Wyoming and Stillwater stations. He was assigned to lead Capitol Security/Executive Protection from March 29 to May 1, 2000 while Capt. Swanson recovered from back surgery.
Fraser earned an associate's degree from Brainerd Community College and attended the University of Minnesota. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's police staff and command school.
St. Joseph's Foundation adds board members
Two new board members, Kathleen Buxton and Brad Swanson, recently joined the St. Joseph's Foundation.
Buxton, East Gull Lake, owns A Woman's Choice, that provides breast prosthesis and other products to women diagnosed with breast cancer. She has been active in the American Cancer Society and the Institutional Review Board. She has a bachelor's degree from Bemidji State University.
Swanson, Pine River, owns and operates his own law firm. He is currently on the advisory board for Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center and served previously on the boards of Kinship Partners, Central Lakes Rotary, First Lutheran Church, Pine River Chamber of Commerce and the Pine River Country Club. Swanson has a bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and a law degree from Hamline University School of Law.
The foundation board consists of 10 community leaders, including Jonathan Yahn, Janet Moran, Chris Gross, Larrie Nelson, Warren Williams, Jack Ruttger, Bette Mezzenga and Don Wennberg.
Image 2000 staffers attend style expo
Four staffers from Image 2000 Hair, Nail and Tanning Center in the East Brainerd Mall attended the International Cosmetology Expo.
Jamie Franzen, Shannon Lundgren, Brooke Johnson and LeeAnn Larson attended the expo that was presented by professional product manufacturers at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The expo focused on new fall and winter styles and formulations and advanced techniques in dimensional hair color and high/low lighting.
Pampered Chef assists food charity
Pampered Chef is launching Round-up from the Heart corporate giving campaign in September.
The campaign is a team effort among Pampered Chef customers, independent contractors, corporate employees and America's Second Harvest, the largest domestic hunger-relief charity in the nation. Last year's $1 million donation brought the Round-up campaign's nine year total to more than $4 million.
Pampered Chef's 60,000 independent contractors across the country promote the campaign during kitchen shows between Sept. 1 and Feb. 28. Customers contribute by rounding up their purchase totals to the nearest dollar or more. Funds are then sent to America's Second Harvest food banks in the region where the donations originate. Pampered Chef also donates $1 for each purchase of a special collectors' cookie mold.
Blake retires from postal service
MOTLEY -- Robert Blake, Motley, retired from the Brainerd Postal Service after making his last mail collection on Sept. 22 after 26 years with the U.S. Postal Service.
Blake started his postal career in Motley in 1974 after retiring from the military. In 1982, he transferred to the Brainerd post office where he served as tour three expediter since 1984. In addition to the post office collection boxes, Blake was also responsible for the receipt and dispatch of outgoing mail from all the surrounding post offices in the 564 ZIP code area.
Veterans, counselors offered 3-hour course
Central Lakes College in Brainerd will be the site for a free, three-hour workshop, "Going into Business for Veterans," Oct. 12 in the Business and Industry Center.
The workshop, from 6 to 9 p.m., is for veteran entrepreneurs who intend to expand on the dream of going into business for themselves. It is also presented for those who counsel veterans and want to learn more about the assistance available to their clients.
Co-sponsors will discuss numerous resources to help with business start-up, staying profitable, and financing. The co-sponsors include the U.S. Veterans Administration, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Follow-up counseling is available from the Small Business Development Center team of consultants.
For more information, call 855-8142 or toll-free 800-933-0346, ext. 8142.
eBusiness course offered in LF
LITTLE FALLS -- An introduction to eBusiness Tools will be offered in two parts from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nov. 2, at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls.
The morning session focuses on how the Internet and computer networks operate. Topics include defining common computer terms, how computers find Web sites and different ways to connect to the Internet.
The afternoon session emphasizes the business benefits of incorporating the Internet to business operations.
Cost to attend is $119 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, CD ROM and materials. Class size is limited to 20 people.
The eBusiness Institute is a new initiative created to provide clear, concise and relevant business information on existing and emerging Internet technologies. For more information, call Julie McDowell at 800-325-3073, or visit www.minnesotatechnology.org/ebusiness/.
Scarecrow town frolic set in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE -- Crosslake businesses are again invited to participate in the Scarecrow Town Frolic decorating contest. This community fall event offers the winning business a traveling trophy. Businesses need to be registered by Oct. 10. Judging will be on Oct. 20.
For more information, call Sandi Lewis at (218)692-1828.
Olympic Boat Center achieves award
The Olympic Boat Center, on Highway 371 North, received the President's Award for combined regional sales for 2000.
Ercoa Industries, Inc., manufacturer of pontoon boats, water bikes and pontoon trailers based in Braham, announced the award following its 15th national dealer meeting in September.
Anderson presents workshop in New Mexico
STAPLES -- Joyce Anderson, Staples, area representative for Providers Choice, Inc., recently returned from presenting the workshop "In it for the Long Haul" at the National Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsors Association conference n Albuquerque, N.M.
Topics included communication skills and ways to help children develop healthy nutrition habits.
Sponsors of the United States Department of Agriculture Food Program from 41 different states and the District of Columbia, as well as representatives from Germany attended the conference. Total attendance was more than 600 people.
Anderson works with family child care providers in lower Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Otter Tail, Todd and Wadena counties.
Business After Hours set in Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES -- AmericInn Lodge and Suites, Pequot Lakes, is hosting the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce's Business After Hours event from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 12.
The event features wine tasting, refreshments and tours of the 43-room AmericInn that also offers convention and meeting room facilities.
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