Chris Kellett-Sawdey recently joined Sytek Marketing & Design as director of marketing.
Kellett-Sawdey will lead a full-service marketing and design team and will work with businesses throughout the Brainerd lakes area and central Minnesota.
Kavanaugh wins chef's challenge
Tom Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh's Resort, won the chef's challenge on Nov. 13 hosted by Chef & Company in Baxter.
Chad Townsend, Prairie Bay restaurant, competed against Kavanaugh. Townsend stood in for Jon Pulsifer, Manhattan Beach Lodge, who was unable to compete because of a new job opportunity in the Twin Cities. The audience enjoyed the culinary expertise of an "experienced" chef go up against Prairie Bay's "mad scientist," Chef & Company reported. The secret ingredients were apples and pork and turkey sausage.
The judges were Peg Schoening, owner of The Woodland Meadow, Nisswa; Sharon Corbin, cookbook author, Crosslake Cooking; and Brent Anderson, a area REMAX real estate agent with previous culinary experience.
The six dishes created included some with an Asian flair and some with very creative presentation. The next Chef's Challenge will be Jan. 8.
Chef's Challenge is a bi-monthly competition. The competing chefs are given a secret ingredient at 6:30 p.m. and have 90 minutes to create three dishes for the judges. The event is free to the public with a donation to the local Salvation Army Food Shelf.
Deiss joins BLIHS as marketing coordinator
Kim Deiss joined the Brainerd Lakes Integrated Health System as marketing coordinator for St. Joseph's Medical Center and Brainerd Medical Center.
Deiss will be responsible for managing the community relations and advertising for St. Joseph's Medical Center and BMC. She will be assisting with marketing planning, market research and media relations.
Deiss completed a master of business administration degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and has seven years of consumer marketing experience. She is active on the boards for Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity and the Brainerd Lakes Curling Association.
The Brainerd Lakes Integrated Health System was formed in January through the integration of Brainerd Medical Center and St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Dellacecca, Chaney join Lakewood Health System
STAPLES - Lakewood Health System will soon be opening Lakewood Reflections, a 10-bed mental health unit for older adults.
The organization hired Kathe Dellacecca and Cheryle Chaney to lead the new program.
Dellacecca will be the director of Acute Care Mental Health. She is a licensed clinical social worker with 23 years of experience in the field of mental health. She worked as a social worker, therapist, administrator and has worked the last nine years as the director of a 103-bed residential center in Onamia.
Chaney will be the community outreach coordinator/intake and assessment coordinator. She is a licensed professional counselor in Minnesota and a provisionally licensed mental health counselor in Florida. Chaney is a 16-year Air Force veteran with numerous years of coordination and project management experience. Chaney will be responsible for assisting the program director in establishing and opening the new unit.
The Lakewood Reflections program at Lakewood Health System's Senior Campus is designed to help patients cope with psychiatric, emotional or behavioral disorders.
Gilbert joins Big Stone Therapies
Ronni Gilbert joined Big Stone Therapies Inc. in Baxter as a physical therapy assistant.
Gilbert joined BST in September. Gilbert earned her associate of applied science degree as a physical therapist assistant from Northwest Technical College in East Grand Forks.
Before being hired by BST, Gilbert worked at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
SCSU president joins Initiative Foundation board
LITTLE FALLS - Earl H. Potter III, president of St. Cloud State University, joined Initiative Foundation's regional board of trustees.
Potter began his tenure as president of St. Cloud State University in July and has held positions at Southern Oregon University, Eastern Michigan University, Lesley University, Cornell University and U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Potter has a doctorate in organizational psychology and master's degree in psychology from the University of Washington and he graduated with honors from Williams College.
Potter joins the board with a background of more than 30 years in community development in six different states.
Rasinski invited to decorate governor's mansion
NISSWA - Dyana Rasinski, floral designer/manager at Petals & Beans in Nisswa, was invited by Koehler and Dramm's Institute of Floristry Design Team to decorate the governor's mansion on Nov. 10.
Rasinski attended training in a basic design series, for wedding/celebration and bouquet design. Her previous experience includes the design team for the 2007 governor's inauguration.
Collins joins ChamberMaster
Stacy Collins recently joined ChamberMaster in Baxter as a bookkeeper and ad contract coordinator.
Collins brings 10 years of experience in accounting and logistics scheduling in the Brainerd area. She graduated from Central Lakes College with an associate's degree in accounting. ChamberMaster is the fastest-growing chamber of commerce member management software company in the U.S. with more than 300 chambers.
Boehmer gains executive coordinator level
Pamela Boehmer, Brainerd, moved up to executive coordinator level as an independent distributor for Market America, an innovative product brokerage and Internet marketing company.
Boehmer's achievement to this level signifies success in sales, leadership and management in motivating and training other distributors to do the same in August. Boehmer became eligible for this level after completing the coordinators level as well as successfully building a base of customers and a sales organization that consistently achieves a high level of product sales on a monthly basis.
Kampa named LF employee of the month
LITTLE FALLS - Paula Kampa, Rice, was named employee of the month for December by the Chamber of Commerce in Little Falls.
Kampa is office manager/insurance agent at RA Randall Insurance Agency. She's been employed at the agency for 14 years. Kampa's employers said she puts clients at ease, is a take charge person who needs little direction while keeping the needs of clients and the business as a top priority.
Snap Fitness hosts CHOW event
PEQUOT LAKES - Snap Fitness will host the Brainerd Lakes Chamber's CHOW networking event from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at 31108 Government Drive, Suite 108 in Pequot Lakes.
Snap Fitness will provide information, prizes and a facilities tour. Lunch is provided from Lakes Latte.
Cost to attend this event is $5 with advance reservations and $7 at the door. Advance registration and cancellations accepted until 4 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, go online to www.explorebrainerdlakes.com or call 829-2838 or (800) 450-2838.
Business After Hours planned in Deerwood
DEERWOOD - Business After Hours, a Cuyuna Range Chamber networking event, is planned from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Deerwood Country Inn.
Cost is $2 for food, beverages and cash prize. For more information, contact the chamber at (218) 546-8131 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nisswa businesses assist Christmas for Kids drive
NISSWA - Edward Jones Investments and Lakewood Bank in downtown Nisswa will be drop-off points for the Christmas for Kids drive until Dec. 14.
Bring unwrapped gifts to either location weekdays. Warm winter clothing can be dropped off at Edward Jones office on Main Street. For more information call 963-0020.
Food manager course offered
A certified food manager course will be Dec. 11, 13, and 18 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.
Certification is required in most Minnesota food establishments. The class meets 5-9 p.m. Participants are trained and tested through the ServSafe Serving Safe Food Certification course.
Colette Pohlkamp is the instructor. Tuition is $160.
Registration deadline is Tuesday. For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
Going Into Business' class offered Dec. 13
Central Lakes College in Brainerd will host a Going Into Business For Yourself class from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus.
This class covers all areas of business startup, helpful advice on how to get your dream off the ground, how to become and stay profitable, including financing your new venture.
This session will assist the potential business owner through the process of developing the project, provide participants with the opportunity to have your questions addressed and identify other assistance resources.
Tuition is $40 per person and $60 for two business partners. Instructor is Jay Bock.
Deadline to register is Thursday. For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
Electrical technician course offered at CLC
Central Lakes College, Brainerd, will host an electrical technician course, "Power-Limited Technician," from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Business and Industry Center.
Power-limited technicians are required to earn eight hours of continuing education credits every two years.
This class will consist of National Electrical Code-related material as required by Minnesota statutes and rules as well as industry-related information. Each participant must have a calculator and the 2005 NEC Code Book, available from electrical suppliers. Books will be available for purchase when the class meets for $57.
Tuition is $160 and includes lunch. Instruction is provided by Riverland Community College. The deadline to register is Friday.
For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
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