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Business briefs for May 26

MPCA recognizes waste water facility

BEMIDJI — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized Alan Gorick of Bemidji for maintaining a perfect record of compliance with their wastewater treatment permit during 2012. The Bemidji wastewater treatment facility was among 168 facilities statewide to receive this recognition.

MPCA commissioner John Linc Stine stated, “Last summer, MPCA had a rare opportunity to evaluate the Minnesota River under extreme drought conditions. These tests were a chance for us to find out whether tougher standards for nearby wastewater treatment plants were improving the quality of the river. The tests confirmed what we had already observed: that the work of nearby wastewater operators has made a clear and measurable difference in the health of the Minnesota River.”

The awards were presented at the 76th annual Wastewater Operations Conference in Brooklyn Park.

John Carlson receives award

BEMIDJI — John Carlson of American Family Insurance, has been recognized for customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification.

Carlson has been an agent for American Family since April 1996.

The service excellence distinction was determined through an evaluation process conducted under guidelines established through the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certification. The process consists of a customer satisfaction survey which measures customers’ overall experience with their current American Family agent. Only agencies that perform in the top 20 percent of all insurance agencies nationwide, based on customer satisfaction surveys, are eligible to become American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certified.

Sanford earns STAR Certification

BEMIDJI — Sanford Bemidji has earned its STAR Program Certification from the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners in the field of survivorship care.

The certification qualifies Sanford Bemidji to offer premium oncology rehabilitation services to cancer survivors who suffer from debilitating side effects caused by treatments.  

“By becoming STAR Program Certified, Sanford Bemidji Cancer Center has embraced survivorship as an integral part of cancer care to address the distinctive medical needs of survivors,” said Dr. John Bollinger, radiation oncologist at Sanford Bemidji Cancer Center. “Fatigue, pain, weakness, memory loss, anxiety and depression are just some of the side effects of treatment. Patients are too often sent home after their acute care, without follow-up support for help with healing. The STAR Program gives every patient the chance for a new lease on life.”

Specialty caregivers from a pool of disciplines including physicians, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians, mental health professionals, and others will work together with each patient on a personalized rehabilitation plan to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function.

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Spring Plant Sale set for Saturday

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Garden Club will host their Annual Spring Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday inside the Extension Building at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds.

There will be a variety of perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs for sale, which have been donated by club members.

Garden Club members will be available during the sale to answer questions and to share information on the club.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward maintaining all the library planters and other projects throughout the city.

For details, call Linda Autrey at 766-8212.