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Bemidji Pioneer Business Briefs for November 4

Dr. LeClaire joins HCMC in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS – Pulmonary and critical care specialist Dr. Michele LeClaire recently joined Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

LeClaire, who grew up in Bemidji, attended medical school at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, where she also completed her internal medicine residency, a chief residency, and then pulmonary and critical care fellowship.

She has a special interest in training residents and fellows.

“I believe in being transparent about the specific health care issues I’m addressing with each patient,” LeClaire said. “And I try hard to involve patients and encourage them to be an active part of the treatment team.”

Sanford welcomes Dr. Jesse Heuer

BEMIDJI – Dr. Jesse Heuer has joined the Sanford Bemidji Clinic as a full-time family medicine physician. He is now accepting new patients.

Heuer, originally from Mora, comes to Bemidji from Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls, where he practiced family medicine, including obstetrics, since completing his residency training in 2009.

He graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, and completed an internship with the Rapid City Regional Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Rapid City, S.D., in 2007. In 2009, he completed a family medicine residency at the same hospital.

Heuer is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.

In his time away from the office, Heuer enjoys spending time outdoors biking, hiking and kayaking.

Home staging workshop Thursday

BEMIDJI — Kendra Fuller, staging expert and owner of Urban Essence Interiors,  and Christie Winchell of Realty Experts will host a free Stage Your Home Workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at 2070 Chippewa Drive NW in Bemidji.

Beverages and appetizers will be provided. For details, call Winchell at 766-4492 or Fuller at 218-280-0646. The event is free.

Staging on a home that is for sale refers to painting, rearranging or redecorating to appeal to buyers. For some before-and-after examples of home staging, visit the website

Official completes supervision course

BEMIDJI – Todd Anderson of Bemidji recently completed the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association Firstline Supervision course through Central Lakes College.

More than 200 municipal employees have completed the leadership series, offered at the college’s Brainerd campus and the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association headquarters in Plymouth.

The utility management program was developed in 1988 and has graduates in MMUA member cities across Minnesota. It is a cooperative effort, between MMUA and the Central Lakes College Business and Industry Center, designed to provide the leadership skills needed in challenging times.

The 68-hour course is offered in four, three-day sessions over two years. Participants work with and learn from each other, as well as from trained instructors. They are provided with internationally recognized Achieve Global leadership materials and specially created units with a utility focus.

Past graduates include Roger Hagman of Bemidji.

Cass EDC honors Next Innovations

WALKER – The Cass County Economic Development Corporation has presented a governor’s commendation to Next Innovations Ltd. Walker on Oct. 25 as part of Minnesota Manufacturing Week.

CEO Arnold Volker was recognized for his company’s contribution to the economy.

Next Innovations, Ltd., operates a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, where the company is manufactures of home and garden decor as well as custom fabrication.