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Business Briefs for Oct. 25

October 25, 2010
Marshall Independent

ACMC-Marshall Imaging earns ACR accreditation

Affiliated Community Medical Center in Marshall has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent interview by the American College or Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

October is breast cancer awareness month. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 207,090 new breast cancer diagnoses in 2010, with 3,300 of these women living in Minnesota. So far in 2010, ACMC Mammography Technologists have performed 5,157 screening mammograms.

ACMC is a multi-specialty health network of 11 medical clinics in West Central and Southwest Minnesota with over 150 physicians and mid-level providers in 30 specialties. ACMC is committed to improving the health of our communities and maintaining its role as the health care leader of choice.

Vizecky attends life insurance seminar

Glenda M. Vizecky of Cottonwood, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has completed a five-day educational program at Modern Woodmen's home office in Rock Island, Ill.

The program focused on helping families with Modern Woodmen life insurance plans, annuities and fraternal member benefits.

A &?W?Furniture helping deserving family

A&W Furniture is currently accepting nominations for a deserving family who would be thankful and could indeed utilize a new dining set for the holidays.

The winning family will receive a new dining set, and there are going to be a few options for the family to choose from based on the size of the family and the style of their home.

The letters of nomination are being accepted now through Nov. 19.

The letter of nomination must include:

The name of the deserving family

The nominated family's home address and phone number

A letter describing why the person nominating them believes they deserve the dining set

In order to be nominated, a family must reside within 90 miles of Redwood Falls.

Letters of nomination will be judged by an outside panel, with the winner being announced the week of Nov. 21. You can nominate your own family and include a photo.

Nominations can be sent to A&W Furniture, 1501 E. Bridge St., Redwood Falls, MN, 56283 and must arrive by a 10 a.m. deadline.

The winning family must be willing to have their name and photo used in press releases and other publications pertaining to the giveaway. The winning family is also going to receive a holiday meal complements of the A&W Furniture staff.

RTR teacher Kari Kidman to receive Thrivent award

The Minnesota Council on Economic Education honored Kari Kidman at its annual EconFest celebration Oct. 19 at Cargill in Minnetonka. Kidman received the Thrivent Personal Finance Award which recognizes educators who are increasing student understanding of personal finance through original learning activities at the elementary and secondary levels. Winning entries were chosen based on innovation of approach, emphasis on personal finance concepts, ease of replication, and assessment of student learning. Kidman received the first place award in the elementary division. She is a teacher at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Elementary.

Kidman combined economics with children's literature for her first graders at RTR Elementary. Using the story, "Arthur's TV Trouble," students examine Arthur's wants and what causes him to desire certain items. The story helps students understand how advertising influences wants and spending and how businesses create advertisements to make people desire their products. After students sort advertising pictures into wants and needs, they are asked to provide examples of basic needs and wants, and to give examples of making people happy without spending money.

The recognition of Kidman's achievements includes an award of $1,500.

Veterans small business seminar set for November

Dozens of veterans and servicemembers are expected to attend a small business seminar presented by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, the Minnesota National Guard, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, the Minnesota Department of Economic and Employment Development, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Six scheduled seminars will take place across the state to support veterans and servicemembers in improving or starting their own business.

They will hear and learn from experts in the field to include experienced veteran business owners, be exposed to entrepreneurial programs and resources, and have the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs. In addition they will have a chance to be linked to an experienced mentor to help them start a small business.

The seminar comes at a time when unemployment rates are high across the nation and servicemembers returning from deployment are seeking entrepreneurial opportunities. Attendees will leave the seminar with a thorough understanding of the funding available to start a business, the agencies handling the funding, the process for seeking funding and the educational programs available to help in developing a marketable business plan.

Spots are still open for veterans and servicemembers to attend the event.

Veterans can register online at

Additional seminars are scheduled through November including Nov. 10, Southwest Minnesota State University.



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