Darrick Anderson joined Westwood Professional Services Inc., an engineering, surveying and planning company in Brainerd.
Anderson is a professional engineer with experience in residential site development, storm water management, public water supply design, hydrology, rural and urban road design and large sewer treatment system design. He also has experience in designing municipal utilities, construction observation and road improvement projects.
Anderson will be a project engineer with primary responsibilities of evaluating, designing and estimating construction for proposed land development projects, assist with staff mentoring and provide quality control for construction documents.
He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering while attending Washington State University in 1998.
Close, Grotzke attend symposium
Chris Close and Nate Grotzke of Close-Converse Commercial and Preferred Properties in Brainerd recently attended the 2007 CCIM Investment Real Estate Symposium.
Each year the best in the commercial investment real estate industry of the Twin Cities come together to present their outlook for the industry's future. Grotzke and Close reported positive feedback from the conference speakers and attendees indicating that the commercial real estate market in the state of Minnesota still remains strong despite the recent slow down in residential markets.
CLC officials attend crisis communication workshop
Four Central Lakes College officials attended the Oct. 29 University of Minnesota workshop "Communication During a Crisis: Partners Working Together" in Bemidji.
The representatives from CLC were Kari Christiansen, vice president of administrative services; Chris Hudson, director of safety compliance and security; Steve Waller, public information specialist; and Rick Kangas, counselor.
The instructor was Cathy Clark, a planner for the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The intent of the training was to develop strategies to communicate more effectively with partners such as local public health, public safety, law enforcement, elected officials, tribal governments, hospitals and clinics, mental health and other agencies during an emergency or crisis.
Participants worked on two scenario drills to craft a unified message in the Joint Information Center. The scenario communication target audiences were employees, other agencies, and the public.
Lakewood Health System employees become Lean certified
STAPLES - Two Lakewood Health System employees, Cindy Swenson and Jim Dregney, recently attended training in August at the University of Michigan to become Lean certified.
Swenson is now the director of Lean/management engineering and coordinates all Lean activities. Dregney is a reimbursement specialist at the hospital, whose Lean role is to assist in the financial aspects of the process.
Lean is a business method designed to eliminate all types of waste and non-value added steps in work processes to improve cost and quality. Currently, the hospital is focusing on small rapid improvement teams. If a staff member finds an area that could be made more efficient, Swenson meets with a small group from all of the departments involved and, by using various tools, examines the system to look for opportunities to save time and supplies.
Swenson has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and is a registered nurse. Education for the Lean program at Lakewood Health System was made possible through partial funding assistance from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Parks achieves oncology certification
Dustine Parks, registered nurse at the Brainerd Medical Center's outpatient infusion therapy department, received the Oncology Certified Nursing certification from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.
Oncology nursing certification validates that nurses have met stringent requirements for knowledge and experience and are qualified to provide competent oncology/cancer care.
To achieve certification by the ONCC, an oncology nurse must have met or exceeded requirements for practice in cancer care, have completed education in oncology nursing, and have a tested knowledge of the specialty. Nurses must successfully complete a one-day, written examination about cancer care disciplines, including chemotherapy medications, side effects of treatment, and types of cancer and their associated risk factors.
Adventure Creative Group earns silver award
Advertising work produced by Adventure Creative Group, Brainerd, was awarded the silver push-pin for a business to business direct marketing piece titled "It's Snow, Man."
Adventure Creative Group received the honor at a gala in Minneapolis, where the Advertising Federation of Minnesota announced the best in advertising and design.
Nolan joins, Danzl retires from CLC board
Marjorie Nolan joined the Central Lakes College Foundation Board of Directors.
Nolan, Nisswa, was appointed to a three-year term on the CLC Foundation Board at its annual meeting in October. She is a broker/owner of Kurilla Real Estate and specializes in lakeshore properties. Nolan has been a licensed real estate professional since 1985 and was the 1992 Realtor of the Year, awarded by the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors.
Nolan is serving as past president of the Central Lakes College advisory board and past president and current member of the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce. She also has 15 years of political experience, serving on local, state, and national political campaigns.
LaVonne Danzl, Brainerd, retired from the CLC Foundation board. Danzl served on the board since May 2001. During her years of service to CLC and the foundation, Danzl spearheaded a golf tournament in her husband's memory - Bob Danzl died in 1999. To date the tournament has raised nearly $120,000 for CLC students. Proceeds from this tournament have been endowed through the CLC Foundation and generate scholarships for CLC students. Students in the nursing program as well as the Mechanical Drafting and Design program at the Staples Campus will continue to benefit from these scholarships.
LaVonne Danzl will continue to serve on the CLC Foundation's scholarship committee, which meets two times per year to award nearly $300,000 in scholarships.
BNI Chapter installs new leadership team
BAXTER - The Lake Country Connections chapter of Business Networking International installed its new 2007-2008 leadership team.
The new officers are President Becky Butcher, Bremer Bank; Vice President Jason Mallin, The Garage Promotional Group; and Amie Anderson, The College of St. Scholastica.
The Baxter-based Lake Country Connections chapter reports it is the largest BNI chapter in the United States and BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world.
Goossen joins Fine Line salon in Brainerd
Bonnie Goossen graduated from Regency Beauty Academy in Blaine and has been working at The Fine Line Ruttger's location since. She will now be joining the Brainerd salon and also will be working in the Fine Line's new Barber Shop which opened last week.
Thompson is LF Chamber Employee of the Month
LITTLE FALLS - Becki Thompson, Rice, was named Employee of the Month for November by the Chamber of Commerce in Little Falls.
Thompson works for Community Federal Savings and Loan, a division of Home Savings of America. She has been there nine years and is savings branch manager. Her employer said Thompson is a role model for staff because of her focus on customer service.
Edward Jones administrators to attend regional meeting
The seven area Edward Jones branch office administrators will attend a regional meeting at Cragun's Resort & Conference Center to exchange work-related ideas with other branch office administrators. The meeting is one of more than 100 in the U.S. and Canada.
Branch office administrators attending the meeting include: Jennifer Borders, Alauna Camus, Donna Dix, Debbie Ellstrom, Darla Fiedler, Sylvie Letts-Gilman, Joelle Schmidt and Judy Toft.
Rogers joins Hair & Beyond
Sue Rogers, Hair & Beyond of Brainerd, was recently hired as a stylist.
LarsonAllen hosts Business After Hours on Nov. 13
BAXTER - LarsonAllen in Baxter will host Business After Hours from 4:30-6 p.m. Nov. 13 at 14275 Golf Course Drive, Suite 300, Baxter.
The event is catered by Iven's on the Bay. Music will be provided by guitarist Jim Olsen and a special gift will be presented to all guests.
For more information, go online to www.explorebrainerdlakes.com or call (218) 829-2838 or (800) 450-2838.
LF Business After Hours planned Nov. 13
LITTLE FALLS - The Chamber of Commerce, Little Falls, networking event Business After Hours is planned from 4:30-6 p.m. Nov. 13 at Silker Studio, 116 E. Broadway in Little Falls.
For more information, call (320) 632-5155.
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Survey shows inflation dragging on regional economy in October
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Economic growth slowed dramatically because of inflation in nine Midwestern and Plains states, including Minnesota, during October, according to a survey of supply managers and business leaders released Thursday.
"Since June, we have been tracking slower growth. However, October's survey produced the first clear signal that the regional economy is dramatically slowing down," said Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss.
The overall business conditions index for the region fell to its lowest level in almost five years. It sank to 50.1 in October from September's healthy reading of 56.7.
An index greater than 50 indicates an expanding economy over the next three to six months. The Business Conditions Index ranges between 0 and 100.
Goss said he believes the regional economy could slide into a recession early next year if the overall readings from November and December surveys come in below 50.
The nine survey states are Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Goss, who oversees the survey, said the slowdown in the regional economy will likely mean a lackluster holiday shopping season.
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