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Business Briefs for 02/16/2014

Gruchow honored as caregiver

BEMIDJI — Betsy Gruchow of Bemidji recently was named the Aging Services of Minnesota 2014 District A Caregiver of the Year for her years of service to residents at Sanford Bemidji’s Health Catered Living at WoodsEdge Campus.

This award is the highest honor awarded to Minnesota caregivers who dedicate their lives and careers to service older adults. Gruchow was nominated for the award by co-workers, tenants and supervisors.

Knife River Materials wins award

BEMIDJI — Knife River Materials of Bemidji received a 2013 Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction from the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

The company received its award at a ceremony during the association’s 59th Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Quality in Construction Awards compare nominated pavements against best practices and standards.

The award was for work on Lake Avenue in Bemidji.

The project consisted of milling the existing pavement and gravel to increase the thickness of the new pavement; the remaining gravel was incorporated into the pavement base.

Local resource helps older workers

BEMIDJI — Older residents of Beltrami County who are having difficulty finding a job have a local resource that may be able to help.

The Experience Works Community Service Employment Program is  a nonprofit organization operating in Minnesota that provides paid community service assignments at local public and nonprofit organizations, training, referral to needed services, and job search assistance for eligible individuals.

With updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers.

The program is currently accepting applications. Program applicants must be age 55 or older, unemployed, live in Beltrami County, and have incomes of $14,588 per year or less for a family of one or $19,663 for family of two.

For more information, call 631-3483 or visit

Architecture businesses merge

The engineering and architectural firm of Widseth Smith Nolting recently announced it has acquired Architecture One of Brainerd as of Jan. 6.

Architecture One has offered planning and design services throughout Minnesota since it was founded in 1978 by Jeff Behr, Bob Ogdahl and Roy Abbott. Behr, along with architect Doug Archer, who joined the firm in 1984, have become members of Widseth Smith Nolting’s staff in its Baxter office.

Widseth Smith Nolting office’s are located in Bemidji, Baxter, Brainerd, Alexandria, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Red Wing and Rochester in Minnesota and in Grand Forks, N.D.

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