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New pregnancy center hires director

BEMIDJI – Vicky Mansson has accepted the position of director for Northwoods Pregnancy Care Center, a newly established nonprofit organization in Bemidji. The center will open Nov. 15 at 677 Anne St. NW, Suite 1.

“Vicky comes to us with many years of experience in management and nursing and we are honored that she has accepted the position of director for our pregnancy center,” said Jay Stauffer, NPCC board chairman.


Kraus-Anderson hires Weerts in Bemidji

BEMIDJI – Kraus-Anderson Construction Company has named Patrick Weerts project manager in the company’s Bemidji regional office.

Prior to joining KA, Weerts was a project manager for Ham Lake, Minn.-based Crossroad Construction. He also was an environmental technician at the Institute for Environmental Assessment in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Weerts received his Bachelor of Applied Science in technology management and construction management from Bemidji State University. He also earned an Associate in Applied Society in telecommunications engineering from Minnesota State & Community Technical College.

Kraus-Anderson is headquartered in Minneapolis with regional offices in Phoenix, Madison, Wis., Minot, N.D., and Bemidji, Duluth and Rochester Minn.

Murphy is certified municipal clerk

BEMIDJI – Bemidji City Clerk Kay Murphy has earned the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk, which is awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Inc.

IIMC grants the CMC designation only to those municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements and who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state.

The International Institute of Municipal Clerks, founded in 1947, has 10,300 members in the United States, Canada and 15 other countries. The mission of the nonprofit corporation is to enhance the education opportunities and professional development of its diverse membership.

“In light of the speed and drastic nature of change these days, lifelong learning is not only desirable, it is necessary for all in local government to keep pace with growing demands and changing needs of the citizens we serve,” IIMC President Brenda Cirtin said in a news release. Cirtin said cities can take pride in the “educational accomplishments and achievement of this milestone.”

SBDC offers profit mastery workshop

BEMIDJI – Owners, managers and advisors of small businesses can learn to better understand financial management and gain valuable tips and tricks to navigate today’s difficult economic climate in a pair of workshops offered by the Northwest Regional Small Business Development Center.

The two-day workshop, “Profit Mastery: Creating Value and Building Wealth,” will be offered at two locations, Wednesday and Thursday in Crookston and one Oct. 9-10 in Bemidji.

The Crookston workshop will be at Crookston Valley Technology Park, 510 County Road 71.

The Bemidji session will be held at the SBDC offices on the campus of Northwest Technical College, 1103 Roosevelt Road SE.

The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days.

The workshop will include presentations on financial statement analysis; cash flow planning; planning for growth, cost, volume and pricing issues; and determining the right kind of financing for a particular business. Participants will practice using case studies and by examining real-life examples.

Registration is required in advance.

For more information, contact the center at 755-4255 or call Amanda Nygaard, SBDC program coordinator, at 218-299-3037 or

The workshop is sponsored by the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, the Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Association and Google.