Business Briefs for April 21

Russell recornized for 15 years of service at PIC

The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc. recently recognized Pamela Russell, fiscal manager, for 15 years of service at its April Board meeting. The PIC is a nonprofit employment and training agency that provides services throughout the 14 counties of southwest Minnesota. The goal of the PIC is to help youth, low-income/low skilled adults, dislocated workers, public assistance individuals and others reach their career and employment goals. PIC is one of the partners located at the local Workforce Centers.

Prairie View Senior Living recognized

On April 2, the annual Tealwood Senior Living Company meeting took place at Jackpot Junction in Morton. Prairie View Senior Living was recognized with two awards: Excellence in Safety and Excellence in Customer Service. Jason W. Swanson, executive director, and Kim Pfarr were on hand to receive the awards. Prairie View earned the Excellence in Safety for promoting a work environment focused on safety for their employees through the Safety Committee Meetings and by holding regularly scheduled rounds throughout the facility to work on areas of potential safety concerns.

Prairie View also received the Excellence in Customer Service. This award was awarded because of the numerous programs Prairie View offers.

Prairie View was named facility of the year by Tealwood Senior Living in 2012 and won the James B. Swanson Service of Excellence Award through Care Providers of Minnesota in 2013.

Hansen added as agent at Real Estate Retrievers

Real Estate Retrievers welcomes Tyler Hansen as an agent to the Marshall Office. Hansen is also an Independent Insurance agent for Southwest Insurance Service Walnut Grove.

He has lived in southwest Minnesota for 29 years and is a 2008 graduate from Southwest Minnesota State University.

Frerich completes course

John Frerich, of Marshall Dental Excellence, recently completed the course “Dental Therapeutic BOTOX and dermal filers comprehensive training” in Seattle, Wash., on April 11-13.

Dental Therapeutic is a comprehensive three-day hands-on training program that focuses on the dental therapeutic uses of BOTOX and dermal fillers, such as for TMD, Bruxism, facial pain, gummy smile among many others ailments. Dental practitioners learned how to implement these therapies into their comprehensive treatment plans to optimize the final outcomes of dental cases. In addition to the various therapeutic treatments, dentists learned the aesthetic affects of all the therapeutic remedies covered, and performed these procedures on patients in a clinical setting. Frerich will be attending the Level 2 and Lip Augmentation and PRP therapies courses in May 2014.

Action Trackchair wins da Vinci Award

Action Trackchair of Marshall is a 2014 winner of the da Vinci Award, which celebrates innovations from across the globe in all fields of assistive and adaptive technology. The da Vinci Awards was created by Michigan Chapter of National MS Society.

The Action Trackchair, which won the award in the Recreation/Leisure/Fitness/Rehabilitation category, is an off-road wheelchair that enables people to go beyond the normal limitations of travel in a wheelchair and explore the great outdoors. It is designed for use for recreation, farming, construction, hunting, going on the beach, and many other options not available using the normal wheeled type wheelchair.

There were winners in five categories, representing California, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Washington, D.C. Months of nominating, judging and YouTube video viewing culminated April 10 with 15 finalists coming together at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan, for the announcement of the 2014 da Vinci Award winners.

Benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Michigan Chapter, the da Vinci Awards is an international forum recognizing the latest, most impactful developments and research in all fields of assistive and adaptive technology.

Tim Swenson is the owner of Action Trackchair and accepted the award.