March, 2006

Volume 4, Issue 3


Professional Development Opportunities

Become a Licensed Insurance Representative in Minnesota! 
The insurance pre-licensing training gives you the knowledge and skills needed to pass the state licensing exam.  This program, delivered via Interactive Television on the BSU campus, meets all the requirements the State of Minnesota has to become a licensed insurance representative.  REGISTER SOON…the Insurance Fundamentals course begins March 14!  The full schedule and registration for the full line of insurance courses are available online.


Maintain your Licensure with the Real Estate Refresher Course 

This course will cover agency, contracts, and fair housing.  Other topics to be covered are required paper work for the Real Estate agent, legal names, tenants, earnest money and escrow items. This program is approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.  The 5-hour class will be held April 11 on the BSU campus.  Click here for more information and registration form.

News and Events from Regional Knowledge Clusters

How could the OSHA 300 log trigger an inspection?

John M. O’Brien, a senior industrial hygienist with the Duluth office of Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration Workplace Consultation.  O’Brien will review how MNOSHA uses information from OSHA 300 Logs to develop their programmed inspection schedule. He will also discuss some of the common mistakes that are made on the OSHA 300 Logs that could result in over-reporting of injuries and illnesses.  This session will be held at the Center for Research and Innovation on March 15.  A $20 fee will be charged to cover the price of lunch and materials. Advance registration is encouraged in order to guarantee lunch.  Read the press release or click here for registration form

Mark Your Calendar – First Annual Northern MN Safety Conference
In conjunction with the Minnesota Safety Council and North Country Health Services, the Northern MN Safety Council is hosting the first annual Northern MN Safety Conference on April 5 at Concordia Language Villages Spanish Village.  The conference will feature several speakers and break out sessions from private consultants, local experts and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Workplace Safety Consultation.  The keynote presenter will be Mr. Garry Kroft, Senior Safety Specialist at S & N Consulting, Ltd. In Maple Grove, MNKroft will present, “So You're the Safety Director...Now What?”  and
“Stuck In The Middle...Which Way To Go?”  Full details and registration are available online.

“Parasite-mediated Decline in a Moose Population at the Southern Range Periphery”
Presenting will be Gary Huschle, wildlife biologist with Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in Middle River. His presentation will summarize the findings of a research project on the northwest Minnesota moose population conducted from 1995 to 1999 which took a comprehensive look at population parameters, pathology and environment to decipher the causes of the dramatic decline in the number of moose during the 1990s.  “After learning about our moose population decline, I found it very interesting to hear about global warming having a negative effect on a tropical frog population by increasing prevalence of a fungal disease,” said Huschle. Join us at the Center for Research and Innovation on March 20, from 3:00 to 4:00pm. Read more about this presentation.  The full schedule of upcoming events is online.  These monthly programs are offered FREE and open to the public.

Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) Kicks off Spring Series
Dr. Tove Dahl, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Tromso, Norway and Dean of Skogfjorden, Concordia Language Villages Norwegian Village will present “Creating Cultures of Peace” on March 21 from 10-11:30am at CLV’s Norwegian Village.  This talk will introduce a collaborative study being done by researchers from the US, Norway and Israel, tell about how it came to be, and share what they are learning about the short- and long-term impact CLV has on young people's cultural sensitivity and peace-related sensibilities.


The Academy of Lifelong Learning invites you to stay for lunch and further discussion.  The fee for this traditional Norwegian lunch, prepared and served by staff at CLV, is $10.  REGISTER SOON!  Advance registration is required by March 8.  Access the registration form online or contact Patt Rall at 218 755 8942 or email for further information.


The ALL’s humanities-based programs are made possible in part with funding from the Minnesota Humanities Commission in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Additional support comes from Bemidji State University, BSU Foundation, local sponsors, and the generous gifts of our patrons. The complete spring schedule is included in the ALL newsletter online.

NEW! Regional Employer Support Network Offers First Networking Session
There has been an expressed need to have a network of professionals involved in human resources development and management in our region.  A small group of human resources professionals gathered to brainstorm what type of group would be most helpful to them.  The Regional Employer Support Network was born of this discussion.  The primary purpose of the group is to provide a means for networking opportunities and support for professionals who deal with human resources issues. The first networking session is scheduled April 6 from 9am to 11am at the Center for Research and Innovation.  Terri Pemberton, staffing specialist with White Earth Reservation Tribal Council, will share information on “recognition and reward”.  This session is offered at no cost and is open to all who want to learn more about recognition and reward in the workplace.  Contact the CRI for more information at or 218 755 4900 / 888 738 3224.

News from the Small Business Development Center

Attention all Budding Entrepreneurs
The SBDC is co-sponsoring, with The People's Connection, Entrepreneur 101 training on March 14th at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Small Business Development Center, 3801 Bemidji Avenue North.  Call 755-4255 to register for the class.  The fee is $25.00 per person.  

“Doing Business with the Corp of Engineers”
Attend this workshop to learn more about Electronic Bid System/plan holders/awards/abstracts, upcoming projects, government registrations and certifications, understanding the general and technical specifications and much more.  Presented by Tom Koopmeiners, Deputy for Small Business, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The workshop will be held on March 16 from 9am-3pm.  More information is online.






The Center for Research and Innovation along with the NW Minnesota Regional Small Business Development Center provide a full range of business and career services. The Minnesota Small Business Development Center program is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Minnesota Department of Employee and Economic Development, and sponsoring centers. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. SBA's cooperation does not constitute or imply its endorsement of any opinions, products and/or services. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

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