DEERWOOD -- Julie Holmvig relocated from the Brainerd office of Deerwood Bank to the Deerwood office in October.
Holmvig, originally from the Deerwood area, will be involved with real estate lending as an officer. She began at the locally owned bank in 1991 while still a student at Crosby-Ironton and has been promoted several times. She has 11 years of experience in the real estate lending area.
Meister and Brinks gain certification
PEQUOT LAKES -- Landecker & Associates Inc. announced Ben Meister and Mitch Brinks obtained the professional level of certified wetland delineators in the state.
Meister and Brinks passed the state certification exam administered by the University of Minnesota, Department of Soil, Water and Climate.
Meister graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and a minor in geology. He has been with Landecker & Associates Inc. for two years and has 10 years of combined field experience in surveying and wetland delineations.
Brinks graduated from St. Mary's with a master's degree in resource analysis and received his bachelor's degrees in geography and environmental studies from Gustavus Adolphus College. His work experience before joining Landecker in 2002 included wetland delineations, AutoCAD and GIS mapping projects.
Larson receives promotion at CTC
Consolidated Telecommunications Co. recently promoted Chad Larson from Internet customer sales and service to combination technician.
As a combination technician, Larson will install, maintain and service CTC equipment at customer's homes and businesses, including telephone, digital television and Internet equipment.
Stunek completes training course
Emergency responder Kevin Stunek, Brainerd Fire Department, recently completed a weapons of mass destruction training course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.
The CDP is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness. Responders attending CDP training are specially selected from the nation's 11 million emergency responders.
Augustinack joins CTC as market specialist
Consolidated Telecommunications Co. recently announced that Steve "Gus" Augustinack joined the company as market development specialist.
Augustinack will join CTC on a half-time basis, and joins the company after working for the Brainerd School District and Universal Pensions.
As market development specialist Augustinack will plan, analyze and support business customers, while selling CTC's products and services.
Holm joins Lakes Area Carpet Outlet
BAXTER -- Craig Holm joined Lakes Area Carpet Outlet, Baxter, as a sales associate.
Holm has 14 years of experience in customer service and sales with Plunketts Pest Control. He has three years of education with the University of Minnesota-Morris.
Young gains election to advisory council board
Minnesota Public Radio announced Larry Young was recently elected chair of the Bemidji/Brainerd Regional Development Advisory Council Board for the 2005-2006 year.
The 2005-2006 RDAC board includes Lisa Wig, vice chair, Brainerd.
MPR's Bemidji/Brainerd Regional Development Advisory Council has quarterly meetings that are open to the public. The dates and times are announced on Minnesota Public Radio stations KBPR 90.7 FM and KBPN 88.3 FM.
Nisswa at Night planned Monday
NISSWA -- The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce networking event, Nisswa at Night, is planned 6-7:30 p.m. Monday at Iven's on the Bay.
A demonstration will be given on martini making. This event is open to Nisswa Chamber members and their employees. RSVP is requested by calling 963-2620 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Falls Chamber to host Friday Morning Coffee
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests to Friday Morning Coffee from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday at the historic Cass Gilbert Depot, 200 First St. N.W.
This month's sponsor is Little Falls Radio.
Mille Lacs Band donates more than $26,000
ONAMIA -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe donated $26,500 to community programs in Minnesota during September.
Among the area organizations to benefit from the donations were:
* Sullivan Lake First Response, Pierz, $2,000 for a defibrillator.
* Special Olympics Minnesota, annual support.
* Lutheran Social Services, Elderly Nutrition Program.
* Garrison Area Caregivers, Food Shelf.
* Crosby-Ironton Presbyterian, Amy's Closet clothing drive.
* United Way Minnesota, Hurricane Katrina relief.
* American Indian Festival, annual event celebrating the American Indian community.
CORE FOUR business planning offered
Central Lakes College has scheduled a CORE FOUR Business Planning course at the Business and Industry Center in Brainerd.
This is a four-week course from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22, in Room E208 on the Brainerd campus. The course, taught by Lynn Wilson of the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc., covers how to plan a business idea, identify target markets, determine financial feasibility, set personal and business goals, and develop an operating plan. Discussion will focus on key decision-making issues that will help build a solid foundation for a successful business start-up or expansion.
The course is made available through a partnership between NEF Inc. and the Small Business Development Center based at CLC in Brainerd.
Tuition is $244, with a spouse added for $100, and includes course materials. There may be tuition reimbursement for those eligible, as well as a payment plan and scholarships. Pre-registration is required and the registration deadline is Oct. 25. For information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
LarsonAllen gains honor
LarsonAllen was selected as a winner of the "Great Places to Work" award given by The Business Journal of Minneapolis/St. Paul in the Aug. 15 issue.
The award is chosen based on surveys completed by the employees of nominated companies. The Business Journal had its greatest number of nominations for the award this year and competition was abundant with 175 companies participating in the nomination process.
LarsonAllen was selected as the winner in the category that includes businesses with 100-1,000 Minnesota employees. LarsonAllen is headquartered in Minneapolis and has a total of 600 employees throughout Minnesota, and 900 nationwide, including 37 employees in the Brainerd office.
Nature Vision ranks 10th
Nature Vision Inc. of Brainerd recently ranked 10th among the Top 50 small Minnesota public companies as reported in The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal published Sept. 30.
The companies were rated based on five performance categories, including percentage change in revenue, dollar change in revenue, percentage change in income, return on revenue and return on stock. The rankings compared the first six months of 2005 and 2004. Nature Vision revenues were up 177.8 percent, ranking third overall. A significant portion of this growth can be attributed to the reverse merger with Photo Control Corporation effective Aug. 31, 2004.
The company has two domestic locations, employs 70 people and reported annual sales of $18 million in 2004.
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