March, 2008

Volume 6, Issue 3

A Fond Farewell to Colleen Falk
The Center for Research and Innovation bids a fond farewell to Colleen Falk as she pursues a new adventure.  Colleen worked at the Center for Research and Innovation as the Corporate Development Coordinator for several years, but served a much larger role.  Her many talents will be missed by the CRI and we wish her the best in her new pursuits.

Guiding Your Future: Vision and Mission Can Help
Now, more than ever, your business or organization needs clear vision and mission statements.  In the face of a tightening economy, it’s critical that your leadership and staff are in line with why your organization exists and where you are headed.  CRI’s Jeanne Edevold Larson explores these tools in a brief article.  Click here for more.

Time Wasters – What are they and what can be done to prevent them?
This session will examine the top 10 time wasters and provide some ideas for how to reduce or possibly eliminate them. Handouts containing time management tips will be provided.  This session will be facilitated by Kerry Ross, CRI Training Coordinator.  The session format is a half-hour presentation followed by a question and answer period. Attendance is free and open to all who’d like to learn more about the topic. Participants are encouraged to bring along a bag lunch.  The session is scheduled from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at CRI.   Click here for more information and full schedule.

“Appreciative Inquiry - See How Looking For Positives Will Yield Positive Results”
Presenting will be Pam Worth, a leadership-training specialist with Leech Lake Gaming, Cass Lake.  Her presentation will examine how appreciative inquiry helps identify what is working right in an organization and how to repeat those successes. The inquiry process produces a series of statements that describe an organization’s desired future, notes Worth, and her presentation will teach managers the skills they need to utilize this positive process within their own organizations.   Join us for this FREE informational session on Thursday, March 13 from 9 am to 11 am at the Center for Research and Innovation.  More information and the full RESN schedule are online.
“Reconnecting Rivers: Removing the Dam Concrete”
Presenting will be Luther P. Aadland, Ph.D., natural resources program consultant with the Stream Habitat Program, Division of Ecological Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Fergus Falls.  Aadland will discuss the ecological impact of dam removal. The United States has over 76,000 dams in its rivers and many have become structurally unsound or have reservoirs that are filled with sediment. Dam removal is a means of eliminating maintenance costs and the potential for catastrophic structural failure, while restoring the rivers’ fisheries and ecological health, notes Aadland.  The presentation should be of interest to both natural resource professionals and anyone who is interested in river quality as it pertains to ecosystems, sports fishing and recreational uses.  This session will be held at the CRI on Monday, March 17 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. More information and the full schedule is online

“Everyday Ergonomics: Creating the Mindset for Back Safety and a Healthy Workplace”
Presenting will be Dr. Lyle Erickson, chiropractic physician, Chiropractic Sport and Spinal Rehab, Bemidji. Erickson will explain the origin and elements that cause back pain and review the value of a corporate mindset for a safe work environment. He will then offer techniques for employers and workers to effectively ease those pains in the back they encounter every day. An outline of the presentation and materials will be available to those attending upon request. The presentation is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19. More information, registration form, and the full schedule of Northern MN Safety Council events are available online. 

Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) Continues Spring Series
“Women’s Diaries: A Literary Window into History”
will be presented by Marty Leistikow, a retired English teacher on Tuesday, March 4 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Center for Research and Innovation, 3801 Bemidji Avenue North, Suite 4.  The series will continue consecutive Tuesdays featuring “Language death, language birth: The life cycle of human languages” on March 11. Will Weaver will share “There’s a Good Book for Everyone” on March 18 and Dr. Jim Benson will present “The Impact of Emerging Technology on our Lifestyle” on March 25. The full schedule is included in the ALL newsletter online.

Employment Law Seminar Scheduled March 20 in Bemidji
The Regional Employer Support Network is proud to co-sponsor Nancy Vollertsen, a member of Lindquist & Vennum’s Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation & Employment Law Practice Group, who will share the latest legal information on topics including the hiring process, wage and hour issues, workplace issues, safety, health and environmental, termination and workers’ compensation.  This event is scheduled March 20 at Bemidji’s Hampton Inn.  More information, including registration instructions, is online.

Quickbooks 2008 Training Offered
This is a review of computerized accounting applications and software used by a small business, partnership, or corporation. Group critical thinking outcomes are included and computer spreadsheet and work processing applications are also used.  The one-day, 6-hour workshop covers the software installation and use of the general ledger, bank reconciliation, payroll, inventory, budgeting, business analysis, fixed asset management accounting software programs.  Learners will utilize the newest version-Quick Books Pro 2008 on laptop computers. Technical Learners with previous versions of Quickbooks software will also improve business efficiency by taking this class.  Gary Sorenson, CPA, will lead the instruction.  Class will be March 28th, 9:00-4:00 at the Center For Research and Innovation at a cost of $125 including instruction and materials.  Registration form is online.

Third Annual Bemidji Safety Conference Scheduled April 3
Minnesota Safety Council, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and the Northern Minnesota Safety Council have once again teamed up to host Bemidji Safety Day.  Mark your calendars for April 3 at the Evangelical Covenant Church on Highway 2 West in Bemidji.  The day will feature a variety of presentations; break-out sessions, and vendor displays.  More details , full press release and registration form are online.

Project Management Program Offered Online
Learning how to manage projects will provide you with a set of tools that, if used correctly, will allow you to identify the tasks, assign the resources, and minimize the risk when tackling a new project.  The online course in “Fundamentals of Project Management” provides a foundation to the Project Management processes and the management tools necessary to ensure success. 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”, at work, your business, non-profit, or at home, this class will give you the tools necessary to ensure success. At the end result of the class each student will have a completed project management plan that can be implemented.  This class will be delivered online beginning April 14More information and registration form is online.


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