•Godfrey Chiropractic and Wellness of Alexandria completed a successful food drive in its office. Patients were encouraged to bring in food in exchange for gift certificates that they were able to give to friends and family for care.
The office donated 125 pounds of food to the local food shelf.
Another aspect of the food drive that the business is proud of are the services it donated as part of its community outreach program – a total of $1,626.90.
•Cheryl Johnson is a recipient of Knute Nelson’s (KN) “Tree of Excellence” award.
This award is the highest level of recognition through the KN Employee Recognition Program.
Johnson has been employed at Knute Nelson for two and a half years as a housekeeper.
Johnson was nominated by her peers, who had this to say about her, “She brightens the lives of those around her… She takes pride in her work and is very thorough... She is genuinely thankful for everything Knute Nelson offers and for her coworkers… She is always happy and positive, she has a song in her heart and a smile on her face… She literally hums a happy tune while she works.”
•Cartridge On Wheels recently opened in Alexandria. It is operated by Dave McFarland, a long-time resident of the Alexandria area.
The franchise company is based in Monroe, Louisiana. It is the only franchise like it in the northern United States and in Minnesota.
The company specializes in discount imaging printer and fax supplies and offers free delivery, mobile printer solutions and imaging supply specialists. It has a “think green” approach, emphasizing recycling for the environment.
•Dan Folsom, P.E., Jeremy Anderson, P.E., Chad Gramentz, P.E., and Jon Schuette, R.L.S. recently joined Design Tree Engineering to add civil engineering and land surveying departments to the existing mechanical engineering department.
Adding these departments will allow Design Tree to better serve their private and public sector clients.
Design Tree Engineering is a consulting engineering firm located in Alexandria offering services to meet the needs of individuals, developers, contractors, municipalities, counties and districts.
Mechanical engineering services include plumbing, HVAC and fire suppression design for all types of occupancies from light commercial to industrial.
Civil engineering and land surveying service include topographic and boundary surveys, comprehensive planning, design of public utilities and construction services.
•The staff, family members and residents of Diamond Willow Advanced Care Assisted Living in Alexandria recently donated 100 pounds of food to the Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf.
Each of the nine Diamond Willows across the state of Minnesota participated and collected a total of 1,300 pounds of food.
“This shows that together we can make a difference in the state!” noted Kate Swenson, Diamond Willow marketing associate.
•The Good Samaritan Society in Hoffman has received a five-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ rating system.
The system ranks skilled nursing centers based on health inspection scores, staffing and quality measures. To earn five stars, a center must meet Medicare’s quality requirements during on-site state health inspections, provide a certain number of hours of care to each resident, and have high ratings on 10 different quality measures, such as residents’ mobility.
The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society owns and operates more than 240 long-term healthcare centers and senior living communities across the country, including Good Samaritan Society in Hoffman, which provides housing and nursing services to 40 residents.
•Karen Hardine, OTR/L, an occupational therapist from Northwest Rehabilitation Services in Alexandria, recently became certified in providing treatment using the ASTYM System.
The system is a treatment approach used by physical and occupational therapists to help the body develop healthier tissue. Individuals who are experiencing pain, loss of motion or function following surgery, injury or cumulative trauma disorders and chronic tendonitis often benefit from the ASTYM System.
Clinical diagnoses that have responded well to this treatment are carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow or wrist pain, shoulder pain, tendonitis and sprains. The treatment identifies these areas and stimulates the body’s healing process.
•A new company, Central Lakes Appraisals, recently opened in Alexandria.
It’s operated by Marisa Wessel, who has been a real estate appraiser for the past five years. She has experience in lakeshore, residential and acreage properties.
Counties covered include Douglas, Grant, Pope, Wadena, Todd and Otter Tail.
Wessel, an Alexandria native, and her husband, Chris, have two children.
For more information, call (320) 815-2291.