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Alomere renews trauma designation

Alomere Health recently renewed its designation as a Level 3 trauma hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health.

The renewal process, which takes place every three years, ensures the hospital meets or exceeds criteria for the designation. There are five trauma levels, with Level 1 being the most comprehensive.

"Our staff at Alomere Health work tirelessly to ensure we are able to deliver the highest quality care close to home, and our community members can continue to have peace of mind knowing our emergency care providers are available at life's most stressful moments," said Alomere Health CEO Carl Vaagenes.

Trauma is Minnesota's third-leading cause of death, claiming an average of 2,400 lives each year.

"The goal of the trauma system is to decrease injured patients' time to care by making sure their medical needs are appropriately matched with hospital resources," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. "With the designation of Alomere Health as a level 3 trauma hospital, we are getting closer to our goal of ensuring that seriously injured Minnesotans have access to an organized system of trauma care wherever they are in the state."

Minnesota began developing its comprehensive statewide trauma system in August 2005. States with trauma systems have seen survival rates increase by 15-20 percent.

Earlier this year, Alomere Health was one of seven hospitals in Minnesota to be named a 2019 Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital.

Noontime Knowledge focuses on Alcoholics Anonymous

What is Alcoholics Anonymous—and what isn't it? The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce's Noontime Knowledge luncheon will delve into the topic on Monday, May 20 at noon at the Broadway Ballroom.

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial and apolitical. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

The event speaker, Greg, is a sober alcoholic and 16-year member of the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. AA has no official representatives, but he is qualified to carry the message of AA and talk sensibly and accurately about the disease of alcoholism.

Noontime Knowledge luncheons are held the third Monday of each month. Cost is $10, and no reservation is required. For more information, contact the chamber at 320-763-3161 or

Wake up at Brenton

Brenton, LLC, 4750 County Rd. 13 NE, will host the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Wake Up Alexandria event on Friday, May 17, at 7:30 a.m.

Open to everyone, the $1 admission includes a light breakfast, networking and a chance to win door prizes. All money raised will be donated to the day's nonprofit recipient, Lake Carlos State Park. All Chamber members will also be placed in a drawing for the Pot of Gold, valued at $4,640.

Brenton was founded in downtown Carlos in 1987. It specializes in end-of-line packaging machines and builds robots that can be used for case packing, palletizing, material handling and painting.

Chamber recognizes new members

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce membership team recognized two new members on Wednesday, May 1.

• Edward Jones, office of Andrew Holte at 316 N. Nokomis St. in Alexandria, serves the financial needs of individuals and investors of all ages, including retirement and college savings, insurance and annuities.

• Silver Sage Guest Ranch at 15381 410th Ave. in Clitherall is a family-owned ranch on 427 acres in the heart of lakes country. Its 30 horses allow for riding lessons, trail riding, day camps and more.

For more information about the chamber, call 320-763-3161 or visit