STAPLES - The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry awarded Lakewood Health System with a $10,000 grant to assist in the purchase of safety equipment intended to aid in full body lifting, seating lifting and walking and gait training.
The grant will be applied to patient care areas located at Lakewood Health System's Senior Campus, including the Care Center Rehabilitation Department and Lakewood Reflections.
This grant covers approximately one-third of the total costs of implementing the needed equipment to prevent manual boosting and repositioning of residents, to maintain mobility during walking and toileting residents and to transfer immobile residents for all aspects of care.
Marco announces intent to acquire Venture Computer Systems
Jon Eckhoff, president and owner of Venture Computer Systems, will become part of Marco along with Venture's employees, Marco announced.
Marco has offices in Brainerd. The company specializes in data networking and security among other services, including office furnishings and design services. Venture Computer Systems has locations in: Rochester and Mankato; Decorah, Iowa; and La Crosse, Wis.
Marco will have offices in Venture Computer Systems' current locations in Rochester, Decorah, and La Crosse and will combine its locations in Mankato.
The acquisition will bring Marco's combined professional services staff to about 145 with vendor certifications from Microsoft, HP, Cisco and VMware.
Crosslake change - The Abra True Value hardware store and garden center in Crosslake has a sign announcing it is closing Oct. 31.
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Legacy Clubhouse hosts CHOW Thursday
The Legacy Clubhouse at Cragun's Resort is hosting the Brainerd Lakes Chamber's networking event CHOW Thursday.
CHOW is a networking lunch activity highlighting what's new at the chamber. Cost to attend this event is $5 with advance reservations and $7 at the door. Advance registration and cancellations accepted until 4 p.m. Wednesday.
For more information, go online to www.explorebrainerdlakes.com or call 829-2838.
Business After Hours planned in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS - The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct its next Business After Hours networking event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the West Side Bar, 115 W. Broadway.
Hosting the event is D & D Beer Co. and the West Side Bar.
Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to all chamber members and their employees. For more information, call the chamber at (320) 632-5155. No RSVP needed.
'Defusing Anger' next Lunch & Learn topic at CLC
Central Lakes College's Lunch & Learn will focus on how to deal with difficult situations. "Defusing Anger" is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus.
"Lunch & Learn" is a series are fast paced, engaging presentations on a variety of current business topics.
Jean Mershon will explore the complexity of anger. A definition of anger, its positive and negative responses, as well as styles of handling anger will be addressed. The workshop will include opportunities to practice casual, non-threatening anger defusing styles of communication.
The fee is $35 for the workshop that includes lunch. For more information call (800) 933-0346 extension 8142 or 855-8142.
Free Women's Health Speaker Series starts Tuesday
Brainerd Lakes Health is sponsoring a free Women's Health Speaker Series beginning Tuesday.
The event includes a series of three presentations covering several topics important to women. The first presentation is Understanding Bladder Control with Dr. Hal Leland, OB/GYN on Tuesday, followed by Preventing Osteoporosis with Sue Hadland, OB/GYN nurse practitioner on Nov. 3, and finally Pre-Pregnancy and Early Pregnancy Planning with Tara Karels, OB education coordinator on Nov. 17. The seminars will be at 7 p.m. at Prairie Bay Restaurant in Baxter and will offer complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages. For more information, call 828-7414. Space is limited.
Social media learning session planned in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS - The Morrison County Volunteer Networking will host an education session on social media for area volunteer coordinators from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Oct. 29 on the Franciscan Sisters campus, 116 Eighth Ave. S.E.
Katie Bull, Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators member services associate will teach participants how to use social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to enhance volunteer programs.
Register by contacting Gina at the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce by calling (320) 632-5155 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost to attend is $10 for MAVA members and $20 for the general public.
Grand Casino raises $5,000 to help fight childhood hunger
ONAMIA - From Sept. 20-26, nearly 17,000 guests at Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Hinckley helped fight childhood hunger in America by dining out at the Grand Buffet at each casino.
The casinos donated a portion of their buffet sales during that week and raised $5,000 for the Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out.
Each year, more than 12 million children in America (one of every six) worry about when their next meal will come. Share Our Strength is the leading organization working to end childhood hunger in America.
Trenching and excavating course Nov. 3 at CLC
Central Lakes College on Nov. 3 will host a course covering the OSHA standard in detail for trenching and excavating in confined spaces.
The course from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. will be in the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus, where completion cards will be provided.
Joe Casey of Casey Consultants is the instructor. The fee is $110.
Deadline to register is Oct. 27, and payment is required at registration. For more information, call (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
Bank of America loses $2.24 billion as loan losses rise
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Bank of America Corp. said Friday it lost more than $2.2 billion in the third quarter as loan losses kept rising, providing further evidence that consumers are still struggling to pay their bills.
The nation's second-largest bank said it wrote down loans on its books by almost $10 billion during the July-September period, up almost $1 billion from the second quarter. The bank also added $2.1 billion to its reserves to cover bad loans, bringing its provision for credit losses to $11.7 billion. The bank's total allowance for loan and lease losses now totals $35.83 billion.
Bank of America's results were aided by profit from investment bank Merrill Lynch, including income from bond, stock and currency trading.
Its earnings follow the pattern set earlier this week by Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co., which also reported more loan losses.
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