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Business Briefs for 03/08/2014

Olson, Rautio join Visit Bemidji board

BEMIDJI — Bemidji City Councilman Reed Olson and Keg ‘n’ Cork owner Mitch Rautio have joined the Visit Bemidji board of directors.

Their three-year terms began in January.

The Visit Bemidji board consists of nine directors with representatives from the Bemidji Innkeepers Association (Dana Lee of the AmericInn, Jim Eickhorst of Kohl’s Resort and Monica Horn of Best Western); the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce (Curt Lundquist of RiverWood Bank, Reva Howe of Sparkling Waters and DeAnn Zavoral); the city of Bemidji (Olson); Bemidji State University (Young Seob Son, assistant professor of business administration); and retail trade (Rautio).

Rautio replaces Dean Thompson of Ken K. Thompson Jewelry, who is stepping down from the board after seven years of service, including that of treasurer. Olson replaces Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht in an ex-officio position on the board.

WSN’s Rude is

LEED accredited

BEMIDJI — Mike Rude of Widseth Smith Nolting recently became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional. The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary national standard for developing sustainable buildings, which are energy- and water-efficient and typically cost less to operate and maintain than conventional buildings.

Rude joined Widseth Smith Nolting in 2003. The firm has more than 180 employees providing engineering, architecture, land surveying and environmental services. The company has offices in Bemidji, Alexandria, Brainerd, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Red Wing, and Rochester in Minnesota and in Grand Forks, N.D.

PBC optimized for Netflix streaming

BEMIDJI — Paul Bunyan Communications broadband high speed Internet is now optimized for Netflix, company officials said in a news release this week.

Paul Bunyan Communications has directly connected its network to the Netflix Open Connect content delivery network.

This will allow for customers receiving better picture quality and faster startup times, including many titles in 1080p full high definition and, coming soon, titles in Ultra HD 4k, officials said.

Construction in full swing in Detroit Lakes

DETROIT LAKES (FNS) — One might say construction seems to be at its “peak” at Detroit Mountain these days.

After a long, cold, harsh winter that slowed progress a bit, workers are busy on the large lodge that has been erected on the mountain.

“It’s enclosed and interior work is being done,” said Mark Fritz, president of the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area board of directors.