March, 2007

Volume 5, Issue 3


Welcome Anthony Schaffhauser as Executive Director
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Anthony Schaffhauser has been hired as the Executive Director, Custom College in the Center for Research and Innovation (CRI).  Mr. Schaffhauser joins us effective February 7, 2007.  He has been employed with the Department of Employment and Economic Development since 2002 and prior to that was a Research Associate.   Mr. Schaffhauser holds a Master of Science degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Rochester in New York. 

Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) Continues Spring Series
Photographer Doug Ohman, whose lens has recorded Minnesota’s old barns, schoolhouses, churches and courthouses, will display his work in a slide show and discuss vanishing landmarks at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6. “It’s not that I’m the best photographer in the world, because I’m not,” Ohman said. “But I’ve found subjects that resonate with people.”
This presentation is the second in a series of 8 weekly presentations, held Tuesdays at 10am at the Center for Research and Innovation. Other topics this month include “What Becomes News and Can we Believe It?”, “Irish Pirate Grace O’Malley”, “Minnesota’s Promise:  World Class Schools, World Class States”. The full schedule is in the ALL newsletter online.

“Peltigera, a Genus of Earth-dwelling, Nitrogen-rich Lichens:  A Nutrient Source for Northern Forests”
Join Rebecca Knowles, Ph. D. plant ecologist and habitat biologist for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and she shares some of the findings of her doctoral research.  This session will be held on Monday, March 19 from 3-4pm at the CRI.  The full schedule is available online.

Online Basics of Web Design
This class will provide a valuable introduction to the design fundamentals for a well-designed Web site. Learn the foundations in layout, typography, color, and usability. Create a web site that will attract your customers. This class will run from March 19th - April 27th and will be taught entirely online. You must have access to a computer and Internet to take this class. Registration is due by March 12.  Download the registration form here.  For more information contact the Kris Williams at

Disaster Preparedness – Are You Ready?
Carol Sele, emergency preparedness coordinator with North Country Regional Hospital and regional hospital resource coordinator for Northwest Minnesota, will share information on disaster preparedness on Wednesday, March 21 from 11:30am-1:00pm.  This presentation will introduce the incident command system and highlight personal emergency planning. The information presented will be useful to both organizational safety managers and the general public. Handouts providing suggestions for business and family preparedness will be available for all participants.  “The citizens in the Midwest section of the United States are considered to be among the least prepared for a disaster,” said Sele. “Emergency response extends beyond earthquake and hurricane preparedness. Recent disasters have continued to highlight the importance of personal and emergency preparedness for all.” Registration forms and schedule of upcoming sessions are online.

Online Office Management
Take control of information overload as an Office Manager! This 12 week Office Management course will help you design, and manipulate business documents using Office 2003, Word, Excel & PowerPoint.  This course will also teach you how to communicate professionally and help with the work-related stress issues you deal with daily. A basic knowledge of Office 2003 products is required. The class will run online from April 2nd to June 22nd.  Download the registration form. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with username, password and information on where and how to order the custom designed text book.

Grant Writing Solutions
This new 12 week Online Course blends the valuable content of our workshops with the convenience of working from home, on your own time.  With a cohort of your peers you will learn practical tips in:  grant search skills, finding the competitive edge for grant proposals, project design & proposal development, and an optional 13th week will provide an understanding of what to expect in working with grant writing consultants.  Starts April 2; click here for more information and registration.

Online Project Management
The online course in “Fundamentals of Project Management” provides a foundation to the Project Management processes and the management tools necessary to ensure success.  Projects” are those events that have a specific start and finish dates as well as a specific set of objectives. For example, all of these are considered “projects”: building a house, bringing a new product to market, planning a wedding, or managing a grant. Topics include project selection, life cycle, scope planning, estimating costs, identifying specific project tasks (so you don’t forget any!), execution and control, and risk management.  If you are embarking on a “project”, this class will give you the tools necessary to ensure success.  Registration form is online.  This online class will begin April 2.

What is “Crucial Documentation”?
The Regional Employer Support Network will host “Crucial Documentation:  What to Document, Why it Matters, and How to do it” on Thursday, April 5 from 9am to 11am.  Presenters include Kathy Newell, HR Director North Country Health Services and Susan Kaplan, HR Director Potlatch.  This session is designed for those who are required to document performance of staff members as part of their job responsibility.  Business owners, managers and supervisors will benefit from this free informational session to be held at the CRI.  The full schedule of RESN sessions is online.
Mark your Calendar – Second Annual Northern MN Safety Conference
In conjunction with the Minnesota Safety Council, the Northern MN Safety Council is hosting the second annual Northern MN Safety Conference on Wednesday, April 11 at Concordia Language Villages Spanish Village.  The conference will feature several speakers and break out sessions from private consultants, local experts and MN OSHA Consultation.  One speaker will be Mr. Garry Kroft, Senior Safety Specialist at S & N Consulting, Ltd. In Maple Grove, MN.  Click here for more information including draft schedule and speaker list.  Registration is coming soon.

Learn to Preserve, Identify, Recover and Document Computer Data
In this 2-Day computer forensics training session, individuals will learn the fundamental principles and concepts in computer forensics. The topics include: the differing data file structures, the procedure of discovering and preserving evidence, and methods of searching and retrieving evidence using software tools. Related legal procedures and reports are also discussed briefly.  Participants will conduct a minimum of 1 hands-on practice case during the training session.  Once completed, this training session will allow a basic understanding of the process, policies, and software needs to conduct a computer forensics analysis.  More information and registration forms are available online. Classes will be held at the Center for Research and Innovation on June 5 and 6.

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.

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