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Business briefs for May 5

Affordable Care Act session planned

 BEMIDJI — The Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center is offering a workshop to help understand the changes that the Affordable Care Act brings to small businesses in northern Minnesota.

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University.

The cost is $10 a person or $25 for a company with three or more attendees. Students are admitted free with a valid ID.

The session will include information of a variety of topics related to the Affordable Care Act, including health insurance exchanges, insurance taxes, the mandate for certain employers to provide quality health coverage to employees and employer requirements to enroll employees in health coverage and report that data to the federal government.

To register, contact Amanda Nygaard at the Northwest Small Business Development Center at (218) 299-3037 or

For details, call the Northwest Small Business Development Center at 755-4255.

Coe re-elected to Square Butte board

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Rick Coe of Bemidji was re-elected to the board of directors of Square Butte Electric Cooperative at the cooperative’s annual meeting on April 5. Coe represents Beltrami Electric Cooperative on the 11-member Square Butte board.

Square Butte is a generation and transmission cooperative that sells wholesale power to Minnkota Power Cooperative based in Grand Forks and Minnesota Power in Duluth. Square Butte and Minnkota share common management and are owned by the same 11 electric cooperatives in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

Beltrami Electric hosts annual meeting

BEMIDJI — Beltrami Electric Cooperative held its 73rd annual meeting April 25 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

The members of the cooperative elected three directors to the board including incumbents Murl Nord (District 1) and Terry Diffley (District 9).

Robert Wallner defeated Eugene Okerlund to claim the vacant seat in District 5. In addition, a change to the cooperative’s bylaws was approved by majority vote of the members.

Approximately 800 members attended the dinner and business meeting, which featured door prizes, the election, a financial update and presentations from Beltrami Electric CEO Lynette Nieuwsma and Minnesota Rural Electric Association general manager Mark Glaess.

Lakeland News wins AP award

BEMIDJI — Lakeland Public Television’s “Lakeland News” was recently honored by the Minnesota Associated Press in the broadcast competition for Class One television stations.

Reporter Jamil Donith’s story “Coffee Art” received an honorable mention award in the feature category. The story aired March 16, 2012, in the weekly Friday night “In-Focus” segment.

The Class One competition of the Associated Press contest includes stations from Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, Austin in Minnesota, Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D., and Sioux Falls S.D.

Promotion reception held for Dawn Wyllie

BEMIDJI — Members of the NW Minnesota USCG Auxiliary recently attended a reception for Rear Admiral Dawn Wyllie, deputy area director/chief medical officer for the Bemidji Area Indian Health Service.

Wyllie was promoted to Rear Admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) last fall.

She has been with the Bemidji Area Indian Health Service since 1998.