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August 16, 2010
Marshall Independent

Louwagie attends directors training

Marshall JFK Dance Director Jackie Louwagie attended the annual Just for Kix Directors Training Aug. 8-10 at the JFK Dance Studio in Brainerd. One hundred seventy dance directors attended the convention from eight states.

Louwagie is in her 13th year as the director/instructor of the Marshall program.

At the convention Louwagie took several dance classes, learned current teaching techniques, new choreography, motivation and new changes within the company.

The directors also attended an awards banquet, where they are honored with outstanding achievements within their dance program. Louwagie was recognized as one of the top 25 dance directors within the Just for Kix company.

SMSU Vets Center, Helping to Heal clinic to help vets

Helping To Heal Therapies coordinator Charles Reinert ND and SMSU Vets Center coordinator Patricia Ebner USMC GySgt (ret) announced a cooperative effort to help Vietnam and Iraq vets recover from combat trauma and PTSD.

"Nearly everyone is by now aware of the high percentage of Iraq vets who are returning with symptoms of combat trauma," said Reinert. "According to recently published estimates, as many as 30 percent of returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets may be suffering from combat trauma or PTSD. Resolution of this national problem is necessary if our vets are going to be able to return to normal life and function as a normal parent or helpmate. The Veterans Administration is simply not sufficiently well funded, nor are many of the VA healthcare people appropriately trained, to deal with this heavy emotional condition."

A national effort, "Operation Emotional Freedom" has recently been formed based upon the research efforts of therapists using a special therapy. "EFT" has been shown to be unusually helpful in clearing combat trauma and PTSD ( according to Reinert.

"My personal experience at our natural therapies clinic in Tracy is that 'EFT' is extraordinarily useful in treating both emotional and physical conditions, and seems able to accomplish this treatment quickly and gently, with no negative side effects, long lasting benefits and minimal need for medication for most patients. We have been using EFT since the fall of 2000 with an overall success rate above 90 percent. While only four of the some 500 patients we have treated with EFT have been vets, their issues resolved nearly as quickly as the other patients."

The Helping To Heal clinic, with the assistance of the SMSU Vets Center staff, will be introducing EFT to area Veterans Service Officers and interested vets at a special evening gathering, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 27, in room CH 201 at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, beginning at 7 p.m. The newly released documentary, "Operation Emotional Freedom" will be shown at that time, and staff will then stand for questions from the audience. Demonstrations of the use of EFT will be done. As seating capacity in the room is limited, those interested are asked to call 507-629-3900 well in advance to reserve a seat. There is no charge for the meeting. Lunch will be served.

For those wishing to try EFT for their condition, the staff at Helping To Heal includes three therapists experienced in its use, one with 10 years experience. EFT treatment for combat vets or members of their immediate families at the clinic will be on a donation basis for the first six hours of therapy. For more information on Helping to Heal, those interested may go to

Prudential Real Estate ranked highest for seller satisfaction in seller study

Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services, a Prudential Financial, Inc. company, and Prudential Elite Realty announced that Prudential Real Estate ranks "Highest Overall Satisfaction for Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms" in J.D. Power and Associates' 2010 Home Buyer/Seller StudySM.

The study measures customer satisfaction of home sellers and buyers with major national real estate companies. Overall satisfaction is determined by examining four factors for the home-selling experience: agent (44 percent); marketing (30 percent); office (15 percent); and services (11 percent).

Among home sellers, Prudential Real Estate scored highest on a 1,000-point scale and received particularly high ratings from customers in the marketing and agent factors.

This is the second time in three years the Prudential Real Estate Network ranked highest in seller satisfaction. The Network also ranked highest in 2008.

Markell named top rookie salesman for Catholic Aid

Dan Markell has been named top rookie salesman for Catholic Aid in May and July. Markell has been selling life insurance and annuities since April 2009.

In July his sales totals and new customer recruiting were tops for all company sales staff.

He is in the Mike Bredeck region and has a service area including Marshall, Ivanhoe, Wilno, Lucan, Pipestone, Minneota. In addition to leading the company in new member recruiting, Dan has been able to form two new Councils: St. John Bosco in Pipestone, Jasper and Woodstock and The Bread of Life Council that includes Marshall, Green Valley and Cottonwood.



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