Lakewood Health System adds to staff
STAPLES - Robin Johnson and Jon Willgohs joined the staff at Lakewood Health System in Staples. Johnson has filled the new position of safety director.
Johnson will be responsible for all of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, hazardous waste and emergency preparedness functions of Lakewood Health System. The duties had previously been delegated to a number of individuals within the organization. Johnson began on Nov. 12.
Willgohs will be filling the clinical manager position, which works with patient care on the hospital side, assists with special projects delegated by the acute care services director and performs infection control and case management tasks. Willgohs was scheduled to begin employment at Lakewood Health System Monday.
Fink, Swenson attend conference
BAXTER - Craig Fink and Craig Swenson, Denali Companies, Baxter, recently attended the Great Plains Energy Expo in Bismarck, N.D.
Regional and national renewable energy innovators from industry, government and academia discussed how the upper Midwest will play a leading role in securing energy independence for the United States. Keynote speakers included U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman and U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan.
Denali Companies development division is involved in wind farm projects in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Rutman starts Design Cosmetics
Kara Rutman, certified microdermagraphic technician, started her own business, Design Cosmetics, in November.
Rutman specializes in permanent makeup and eyelash extensions. Rutman is available by appointment only with contact information available in the dentist's office, 7674 Design Road, Baxter. Rutman offers permanent eye liner, lip color liner and eyebrows. She is a gradate of the Salon Professional Academy in Fargo, N.D. She worked with the Minnesota Institute of Permanent Cosmetics in Jenkins for about a year training with Cathy Stattleman.
Salon staff attends conference
Four from Caribbean Beach Tanning Salon attended the International Tanning Association's annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., in October.
Attending were: Becky Sullivan, owner; Jackie Sullivan, general manager; Jacki Zahler, operations manager; and Heidi Rogge, marketing manager.
All attended educational classes, presented by International Smart Tan Network, related to the health benefits of a controlled indoor tanning environment. The staff also attended a number of other classes in areas critical to professional salon operations.
CLC announces staff changes
Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, announced three staff appointments.
Jeff Wig will be the college's first dean of enrollment management effective Jan. 1. Wig has been a business and accounting instructor since 1990. Since 2005 he has been co-chair of the CLC Enrollment Management Task Force. He earned his master's degree with an emphasis in finance and accounting from the Herberger College of Business at St. Cloud State University. He is a graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
As co-chair of the Enrollment Management Task Force and Committee, Wig worked with the other members to expand recruitment and retention activities within the college. These activities along with other college initiatives, resulted in increased enrollments this fall. As a new dean, Wig will work with faculty and staff to develop an enrollment management work plan.
Since 1997, Wig has worked as a business planning consultant with the Small Business Development Center based at CLC. He has been a resident manager and worked in sales at Madden's Resorts from 1998-1990 and was operations manager of Airmotive Enterprises in Brainerd from 1986-1988.
Janet Gontarek has begun working as the Central Lakes College career project coordinator. She had been an adviser and admissions representative for Northland Community and Technical College since 2005 and before that served in a similar capacity at Hennepin Technical College.
Gontarek is working from offices in the Brainerd and Staples campuses. She is organizing career exploration days for area high school sophomores and other events geared for high school juniors and seniors as well as older prospective students.
Alexandra "Sasha" Sparks, a graduate of Aitkin High School and the CLC communication art and design program, is the new graphic arts specialist for the Marketing and Public Relations Department. Sparks had been working as a graphic designer in St. Cloud and also served in a similar post in Park Rapids. As a CLC honor student, she earned one silver and three gold ADDY awards in competition among college students in central Minnesota. She was on the CLC President's List three times and received three scholarships.
Brainerd Chapter IAAP installs new members
The Brainerd Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals welcomed Tammy Gravdahl and Holly Wiebolt as new members of the organization at an installation ceremony on Nov. 8.
Gravdahl, Pequot Lakes, has served at Hunt Technologies as executive assistant for the past two years. Before joining Hunt Technologies, Gravdahl worked for 20 years at USLink/TDS Telecom, spending six years in the administrative field and then serving as director of customer service.
Holly Wiebolt, Pequot Lakes, has served as administrative assistant to the chief executive officer/general manager and management team at Consolidated Telecommunications Company for one year. Prior to joining CTC, she worked at USLink/TDS Telecom in Pequot Lakes for 17 years. Wiebolt earned her word processing/secretary degree from Brainerd Technical College and has more than 25 years experience in administrative support and billing positions.
Holte joins Cornerstone Group in Baxter
BAXTER - Sam Holte joined The Cornerstone Group financial planning and investment advisory firm, formerly Olmsted and Associates in Baxter, as operations manager.
Holte, Baxter, is an officer in the Army National Guard and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has 18 years of experience in retail and wholesale operations in the grocery industry. Holte is a graduate of the College of Saint Scholastica with a degree in business management.
The Cornerstone Group has offices in Baxter and recently purchased a 3,600-square-foot building in Minnetonka. The Cornerstone Group was previously in Wayzata. The Cornerstone Group currently manages $120 million for high net worth individuals and companies throughout the United States.
Two complete Firstline Supervision course
Julie Batters and LeRoy VanVickle of Brainerd recently completed the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association Firstline Supervision course through Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
The utility management program was developed in 1988. Nearly 150 municipal employees have completed the leadership series which is offered at CLC's Brainerd campus and MMUA headquarters in Plymouth.
The program is a cooperative effort, between MMUA and the CLC Business and Industry Center. It is designed to provide contemporary leadership skills in a 68-hour course offered in four two-day sessions during two years. Participants work with and learn from each other, trained facilitators and instructors, internationally recognized Achieve Global leadership materials and specially created units with a utility focus.
Public works directors, finance and office managers, utility superintendents, crew supervisors, parks directors, and other municipal employees have benefited from this highly interactive program that emphasizes core leadership skills, performance management, communication, and handling challenging situations.
McNair, Buster join Grand Casino
ONAMIA - The Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and Grand Casino Hinckley announced the hiring of two vice presidents of marketing.
Kevin McNair, the new corporate vice president of marketing for Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley and Becky Buster, the new vice president of marketing for Grand Casino Hinckley have extensive marketing experience in the casino industry.
McNair comes from Pinnacle Entertainment where he served as senior director of marketing at Boomtown Hotel and Casino, its Reno, Nev., property. For Grand Casinos, McNair will be responsible for the overall marketing strategy for both casinos including: database marketing, advertising, entertainment and promotions, special events, player development, public relations and strategic relationships.
McNair has more than 20 years experience and has key marketing positions with the AVI Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nev., Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, Station Casinos, Inc. (Kansas City and Las Vegas), Regent Resort/Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, CasaBlanca Resort/Hotel/Casino in Mesquite, Nev., Imperial Palace on the Las Vegas Strip, and the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino. McNair has a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Buster has 21 years of leadership experience in customer service, general management, and casino marketing. Buster comes to Grand Casino Hinckley from Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Florida, where she held the position of director of sales and marketing since July 1998. Buster will be responsible for all facets of marketing at Grand Casino Hinckley.
College official presents at national conference
Michael Amick, director of online learning at Central Lakes College, presented "Audio PowerPoint in Your Online Course" at the Nov. 1-3 American Association of Collegiate Independent Study conference at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
Amick's presentation assisted the University of Nebraska, Louisiana State University and the North Dakota Center for Distance Education, which wanted to replicate what CLC online instructors are doing to include audio in their courses. Central Lakes College earlier this year was recognized as one of the top tech-savvy community colleges in the nation.
CLC ranked eighth among nearly 200 schools across the country participating in a survey by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges. The survey examined how colleges are deploying technology to streamline operations and better serve students, faculty and staff.
Salon Couture staff attend training
PEQUOT LAKES - Several professionals from Salon Couture in Pequot Lakes attended classes and trade show events in recent weeks.
Cassandra Selisker, Precia Etter, Maren Sederquist and Karen Reimringer participated in a hands-on hair color workshop in St. Cloud. The class was sponsored by Paul Mitchell and West Coast Beauty Systems. On Oct. 14, Selisker, Etter and Sederquist attended the West Coast Beauty Systems' Fall Show in Fargo, N.D.
On Oct. 11, Cindy Couture visited A Robert Cromeans Salon in San Diego. Cromeans is the global artistic director for John Paul Mitchell Systems. Couture met with Takashi Kitamura, salon artistic director and national educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems.
Triple B gains honors from Cenex
HACKENSACK - Triple B, Hackensack, was recognized by Cenex, a branch of CHS, as a Circle of Pride Award winner. The award is given to the top Cenex branded retail facilities for outstanding accomplishment in the areas of customer service and cleanliness.
Sheryl Engler is owner/manager of Triple B. The award program is based on the assessments of an independent mystery shopper who evaluates nearly 1,600 Cenex branded retail facilities. The facilities are evaluated on customer service, cleanliness and Cenex image elements. A rating of 98 percent or more must be achieved for the locations to be considered for the distinction.
CHOW planned at Famous Dave's
CHOW, the Brainerd Lakes Chamber's networking lunch event, is planned from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 29 at Famous Dave's in Baxter.
The cost to attend this event is $5 with advance reservations and $7 at the door. Advance registration and cancellations accepted until 4 p.m. Nov. 28. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 829-2838.
Pine River Area chamber meeting planned Tuesday
The Pine River Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly meeting is noon Tuesday at the Pine River-Backus Elementary School gym and hosted by the school district.
Real estate law offered at college
Central Lakes College in Brainerd has scheduled a 15-hour real estate continuing education course designed to meet license requirements.
Bob Welch is the instructor for classes that are held in the Business and Industry Center. The course is planned from 6 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4, 6, and 10. Tuition is $112.50.
Registration must be completed no later than Nov. 26. For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 ors 855-8142.
CLC offers Quickbooks Pro Accounting for college credit
Central Lakes College has scheduled a two-credit course on the Brainerd campus to teach computerized accounting.
Quickbooks Pro Accounting for Windows, is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays, Dec. 4, 11, and 18. The course will provide the basic skills necessary for system setup, cash receipts, accounts receivable, cash disbursements and accounts payable. The course includes an on-site session individualized to the student's needs. Prior knowledge of the program is not required and it is not necessary to own the software.
The instructor is Jay Bock. The class meets in Room C222.
The student will receive three college credits upon successful completion of the course. Classroom size is limited. Tuition is $352.74. A $20 application fee may apply. Deadline to register is Nov. 27.
For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
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