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Business Notes March 29

The Tucson Festival of Book began in 2009 and is now one of the nation’s largest and most vibrant literary festivals. Offered free-of-charge, the festival exists to improve literacy rates among children and adults. Over 350 authors participate in presentations and workshops attracting diverse audiences. The Tucson Festival of Books offers programming for children and teens, panels by best-selling and emerging authors, a literary circus, culturally diverse programs, a poetry venue, exhibitor booths and two food courts. In 2014, over 130,000 book-lovers visited the festival. Founders of the Tucson Festival of Books include business, university and philanthropic leaders.

Soukup along with best-selling author David Henry Sterry and Lisa Dietlin, a national recognized strategist and author, presented ‘The Inside Scoop From Book Marketing Pros.’ The session provided marketing strategy direction in a crowded marketplace. Soukup also presented the workshop “The Author as Speaker,” presenting techniques and insight for authors wanting to build their readership base through speaking and presentations.

Soukup is a literary agent, publicist and book marketing consultant.


Rolfzen Soukup

Cardiac specialist Furda joins Riverwood

AITKIN – Riverwood Healthcare Center announced Dr. James Furda, a board-certified internist specializing in heart-related concerns with the Minneapolis Heart Institute, will begin seeing patients at its specialty clinic in Aitkin the first week in April.

Practicing with the Minneapolis Heart Institute since 2007, Furda, Brainerd, specializes in cardiovascular diseases, echocardiography, women’s heart health and peripheral vascular diseases.

“We are thrilled to have another Minneapolis Heart Institute physician offering cardiac care here,” says Dr. Mark Heggem, chief medical officer. “Dr. Furda’s expertise and experience will help us meet the growing need for cardiac care for our aging population in Aitkin County and nearby communities.”

Earning his medical degree at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Furda completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Furda will see patients in Aitkin on the first and third Thursdays of each month.

In addition to Aitkin, Furda also sees patients at Baxter and Crosby clinics.

Dr. James


Anderholm earns certification

Dr. David Christopher Anderholm successfully passed the psychiatry maintenance of certification examination on Feb. 9.

In maintaining board certification, Anderholm achieved the gold standard in each of the six core competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, systems-based practice, and practice-based learning and improvement to practice quality specialized medicine in psychiatry. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc., (ABPN) congratulates an ABPN diplomate in Psychiatry.

The ABPN is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1934. Since 1935, when its first examination was delivered, the ABPN has been serving the public interest and promoting excellence in the practices of psychiatry and neurology through its certification and maintenance of certification processes. These processes are designed to identify qualified specialists through rigorous credential and training requirements and successful completion of its board examinations for psychiatry, neurology or neurology with special qualification in child neurology, and several subspecialties. The ABPN is a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties


Dr. David


Hardy joins CliftonLarsonAllen Brainerd office

Chad Hardy joined the CliftonLarsonAllen office in Brainerd in March as an outsourcing accountant.

Hardy, Baxter, performs a variety of accounting functions for clients including payroll, financial statements, bank reconciliations, sales tax returns and more.



Sam gains promotion to general manager at Grand Casino

ONAMIA – Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, owner and operator of Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley, announced today the promotion of Tracy Sam to general manager of Grand Casino Mille Lacs. In her new role, she will be responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of the property.

Sam has a long history with Grand Casino Mille Lacs. In fact, she has been involved since the groundbreaking – from the long hours of construction and floor planning, to the first job fairs in rural communities to hire Grand Casino Associates in 1991.

“Tracy brings with her invaluable experience of the gaming industry,” said Joseph Nayquonabe, CEO of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures. “We are excited to have her at the helm of our Mille Lacs property. She will provide a fresh perspective and new ideas, which will assist us in enhancing the guest experience.”

In 1992, Sam took a brief hiatus from Grand Casino Mille Lacs to work for the Mille Lacs Band, where she gained knowledge working for human resources, and later with the chief executive on tribal government operations.

In December 2003, Sam returned to Grand Casino Mille Lacs as the assistant general manager, where she assisted in overseeing the entire gaming operation of Grand Casino Mille Lacs. Most recently, she served as the Corporate Vice President of Human Resources for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures.

Sam began her new role on Feb. 23, 2015.



Foote joins RiverWood Bank in Crosslake

CROSSLAKE – Melissa Foote joined RiverWood Bank in Crosslake as a personal banker,

Bart Taylor, regional president of RiverWood Bank, announced.

“RiverWood Bank is certainly fortunate to have someone with Melissa’s talents and enthusiasm join our organization,” Taylor said in a news release. “Her personality, education and background make her a good fit to serve as our Personal Banker where she will be working directly with our customers, primarily as they set up new accounts.”

Originally from Crosby, Foote is currently attending Central Lakes College and will be graduating in May with an associates degree in applied science in business management. Foote has been working in the banking industry for the past three years and currently lives in Emily. RiverWood Bank is owned by Great River Holding Company which, along with branches in Baxter and Crosslake, among others.

Lee returns to Edina Realty Baxter sales office

BAXTER – Edina Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, recently announced Katie Lee rejoined its Baxter sales office.

Lee is a lifelong resident of the Brainerd lakes area and resides in Sylvan Township.

She was previously associated with Exit Realty and has been a real estate professional

for eight years.

Lee has a marketing degree from St. Cloud State University and specializes in residential real estate and lakeshore properties. An active member in the community, Lee is involved with Meals on Wheels, the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Essentia Health, is a trustee for St. Thomas Parish and is helping with Fishing Has No Boundaries.

“We are pleased to welcome Katie back to our team,” said Jim Eisler, Edina Realty’s Baxter office manager.



Kalenberg gains broker license

BAXTER – Adam Kalenberg of EXIT Lakes Realty Premier of Baxter achieved his broker license.

“This achievement demonstrates Adams willingness to be involved and help others,”

said Chad Schwendeman, owner of EXIT Lakes Realty Premier.

HealthSource to provide health screenings in exchange for Easter Seals donations

BAXTER – HealthSource Chiropractic—Progressive Rehab and Wellness teamed-up with Easter Seals to provide complimentary community health screenings in exchange for a $17 donation to the nonprofit organization. Donations will be accepted at the office located at 7656 Design Road Suite 100, Baxter, until April 30, but contributors are encouraged to call

and set up an appointment.

Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services. Additionally, as the largest provider of disability-related services to individuals with disabilities and their families, Easter Seals’ Military and Veterans Initiative offers military servicemembers and veterans viable options to support and augment current reintegration efforts.

LeMieur earns certified 401(k) professional designation

Heidi L. LeMieur, DCIO senior consultant with The Retirement Learning Center, Brainerd, earned the C(k)P – certified 401(k) professional designation.

The C(k)P designation is administered by The Retirement Advisor University in collaboration with University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management Executive Education. This designation identifies financial professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge and experience to help affect the outcome of corporate retirement plans. Holders of the C(k)P designation are expected to maintain a high degree of knowledge and ability in technical competence, optimizing plan outcomes, management and business.

LeMieur, who joined The Retirement Learning Center in 2010, has served in the retirement

industry for nearly 15 years, providing retirement plan compliance and business development

support to elite retirement plan financial advisers and retirement plan consultants. LeMieur is

also a member of the Columbia Management Learning Center’s National Speakers Bureau,

delivering onsite speaking engagements and presentations designed to update advisers and

investors on the latest developments in the retirement industry.



Doele joins Essentia Health Convenient Care in Baxter

Nurse Practitioner Esther Doele joined Essentia Health Convenient Care-Baxter in Baxter. As part of the convenient care team, Doele will diagnose and treat a variety of minor illnesses and injuries in adults and children age 18 months and older.

Doele has been working at the Convenient Care on a part-time basis since August, and will be practicing there full-time. Doele said she enjoys the variety of patients she gets to care for.

Doele earned a master’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Essentia Health Convenient Care – Baxter is in Cub Foods, 14133 Edgewood Drive. Convenient Care treats patients age 18 months or older on a walk-in basis. Care is provided by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.



US Bank welcomes new team members

US Bank announced three new team members in Nick Hummel, Joe Sparks and Julie Marcum.

Hummel is the new branch manager. He studied at the University of Dallas and St. Scholastica and received an associate of arts degree and bachelor’s degree in business management.

He volunteers with Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, Knights of Columbus.

His career development has been focused on motivational leadership and sales development, with a strong emphasis on extraordinary customer service in the retail and banking fields.

He joined US Bank as branch manager in January with prior experience in retail and banking


Sparks is a personal banker. He attended Minnesota State University-Moorhead with a bachelor’s of science degree in mathematics. Banking background includes 2.5 years of Banking which included general account maintenance and consumer and business lending.

He is actively involved with Brainerd Jaycees and Junior Achievement.

Sparks joined US Bank in February as a personal banker and will originate consumer loans, lines of credit and home equity lines of credit, as well as all aspects of personal banking. He will also work with local businesses for their credit and banking needs.

Marcum is a vault teller. She attended the University of Minnesota Duluth with a major in French education and a minor in international studies. She has been with US Bank since April of 2009 in Pine River as a teller, teller coordinator and universal banker.

She moved to the Brainerd US Bank in February to perform vault teller duties.


CRMC implements electronic medical system, hosts event for patients

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is in the process of implementing a new electronic medical system and is hosting an event from 3-6 p.m., April 22, in the main entrance lobby for patients to pre-register, sign consent forms, and learn how the process works.

Attending this event to initiate signing of patient consent forms will help avoid registration delays for future appointments. Photo identification will be required and the process only takes a few minutes. Healthy refreshments will also be available.

An electronic medical record is a digital version of a paper chart. Doctors use specialized software to securely enter information electronically and make a patient’s complete history immediately available. Electronic records make the process of patient record-keeping easier, more accurate, comprehensive and efficient. They allow providers to track data over time, identify patients who are due for preventive visits and screenings, monitor how patients measure up to certain parameters such as vaccinations and blood pressure readings, and improve the overall quality of care in a practice.

For more information or answers to any questions, contact any one of the following representatives from CRMC: Arlene Haukos, 218-546-2313; Katie Berg, 218-546-4366; Jessie Koschmeder, 218-546-7000, ext. 4234; or Julie Iten, 218-546-7000, ext. 4489.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Lunch ‘n Learn Event Coming to Brainerd

BAXTER – Brainerd area businesses are invited to attend a Lunch ‘n Learn event with DFC Consultants on April 8 at the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter.

During the free one-hour session, businesses will learn key strategies for managing their company finances, human resources and payroll with Microsoft Dynamics GP, an ERP software system developed in Fargo, N.D.

The session will also include information on Affordable Care Act requirement tracking and how collecting the right information will help avoid IRS penalties and fees. As of 2014, 47,000 small and medium businesses throughout the world utilize Microsoft Dynamics GP. Participants can register online at www.DFCconsultants.com or call 800-277-5561.

Due to high demand, an additional session has been added in Detroit Lakes on April 9.


Free Social Media 101 seminar offered for businesses

Thinking about marketing a business with social media, but overwhelmed and not sure how to get started or unsure if it works?

This seminar looks at the value of using social media to reach customers, how it can lead to new customers and how it drives repeat business from current customers.

The course will look at the five most popular social media networks — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Pinterest – and help people decide what is right for their business. The session will also look at what comes next.

BizzyWeb is partnering with SCORE, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Central Lakes College to bring business expertise in support of the Brainerd lakes area’s small business community. All small business owners and their supporters are encouraged to attend.

Presenter Trygve Olsen is BizzyWeb’s director of new buzz development. Olsen is experienced in digital marketing after running his own business for five years, including experience servicing both national organizations and helping to grow local businesses. He has worked with national sports teams, startup businesses, growing and emerging businesses, and struggling businesses looking to regain their market share. Olsen has extensive experience in website development, branding, organic search engine optimization (SEO), special event management, short message service (SMS) marketing and email marketing. He has been a solution provider for Constant Contact in the Twin Cities since 2010, has been an authorized local expert since 2011 and in 2013 and 2014 was named a constant contact all-star.

Participants are are invited for lunch and the free seminar. Space is limited and registration is required.

The seminar is noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Central Lakes College, 501 W. College Drive, Enter Door No. 6, Room E203, Brainerd.

For more information, contact Greg Bergman or Dick Jordan, North Central Minnesota SBDC,

218-855-8145 or 218-251-4413.

Business continuity tips offered with free webinar hosted by SBA Agility

WASHINGTON — Most organizations know supply chain vulnerability poses a threat to their operations, yet few take proactive steps to mitigate that risk. Businesses can protect against costly shutdowns by establishing a solid and far-reaching supply chain. And even if your company doesn’t rely on a long list of vendors and suppliers to create goods and perform services, this critical step in developing an effective business continuity strategy can have far reaching implications during a disaster.

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery at 1 p.m. April 7 for a discussion on best practices for getting your company’s supply chain prepared for any kind of disaster, while also engaging partners and suppliers in the process.

The SBA has partnered with Agility Recovery to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

Lakewood Health System to offer hospice and palliative care volunteer training

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System will be offering a series of free hospice and palliative care volunteer training sessions from 5-8 p.m. April 7, 9, 14 and 16 in the Burlington Room (Door C) at the Senior Campus, 401 Prairie Ave. NE, Staples.

Trainees will complete a total of 12 training hours in preparation for becoming a part of Lakewood Health System’s Hospice and Palliative Care teams.

Hospice volunteers are needed to provide companionship to patients and assist with special events. People from all walks of life and all age groups are invited to partake in hospice volunteer training. After training, individuals can provide care for people who are terminally ill, their families and their caregivers.

Register by calling Kathy Wenzel at 218-894-8092.

Homebuyer education workshop set

Home Stretch, a homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home

buying process, is planned in May.

In one day, participants will learn about qualifying for a mortgage, financing a home, credit, shopping for a home, the closing process, basic home maintenance, and affordable mortgage products that may be available.

The next local workshops is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 14 at the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors office in Baxter.

Some affordable mortgage products, government loans, and down payment and closing cost assistance programs may require a buyer to receive a Home Stretch certificate. Offered online is Framework, a online homebuyer education course, many lenders have approved Framework to meet homebuyer education requirements. The registration link can be found on online at www.cmhp.net.

Registration is required, and participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop. To register for the online Framework course or the Home Stretch workshop, contact Suzy at 320-258-0681 and visit its website at www.cmhp.net for more information.

Central Minnesota Housing Partnership is a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing services to the central region of Minnesota and coordinates the Home Stretch workshop. Pre-purchase counseling is also available by appointment and is strongly recommended prior to taking Home Stretch.

This is a free service to anyone who wants to speak with a certified homeownership counselor about their financial situation prior to buying a home.

The Dispatch welcomes business notes submissions via email to renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com, or fax to 218-829-0211, mail to Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401 or use the drop-off box in the alley next to the Dispatch building on James Street. Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 855-5852.

More business notes may be part of the Business Extra section in Monday’s edition.

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