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Business briefs for Nov. 12

November 12, 2012
Marshall Independent

Zumba/fitness instructor joins Helping to Heal Wellness Center

Helping to Heal coordinator Charles Reinert ND announced that Toni Baartman has joined the group as the center's second fitness instructor.

Baartman has an undergraduate degree with a double major in physical education and health. She has taught and coached for 20 years. She has done Tae Bo, aerobics, circuit training, kickboxing, Zumba and more. Baartman has taught fitness classes at the Pipestone Rec Center and at Courts Plus in Pipestone. She is a big believer in strength training, not for bulking up but for toning. She plans to incorporate aspects of Zumba, kickboxing, "old school" moves like burpees, aerobics and strength training with light weights or bands and fitness balls. And, she stresses that the class is not just for women; men can also benefit from her coaching. Those interested are invited to join her introductory classes at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. today in the fitness room, upstairs at Helping To Heal, 192 3rd St. in Tracy. Classes will begin Nov. 14.

Johnson and Oeltjenbruns join Hoffman and Brobst

Hoffman and Brobst welcome two new employees, Megan Oeltjenbruns and Chad Johnson, to the company. A graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University, Oeltjenbruns joined the firm in early 2012. Her areas of professional interest include personal, partnership and corporate tax preparation as well as retirement plan administration. She is also involved with governmental and business auditing. She is currently taking the CPA exam.

Johnson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He began his professional career in 2008 at a public accounting firm in Minneapolis. Johnson joined the firm in the summer of 2012 when he and his wife relocated back to the area. His areas of professional interest include corporate, partnership and individual tax preparation.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' Johnson earns FIC designation

Joshua Johnson FIC of Marshall, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, recently earned the FIC (Fraternal Insurance Counselor) designation granted by the Fraternal Field Managers' Association.

The FIC designation is given only to those who complete basic, intermediate and advanced training courses in fraternal life insurance, pass four comprehensive exams and meet specific production requirements. The courses include topics such as life insurance underwriting, ethics, individual and family markets, total needs selling and advanced sales.

Johnson lives in Marshall and serves members and their families in surrounding communities by providing financial guidance and solutions to help them achieve their financial goals.

Employer seminar offered Nov. 20 in Marshall

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry said employers must provide their employees with a safe and healthful work environment free from any recognized hazards that can cause injury or death and comply with all applicable Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Act standards. To ensure a safe and healthy workplace, plan to attend the upcoming employer seminar to obtain a better understanding of MNOSHA requirements, programs and incentives, and to get answers to your OSHA questions.

Michelle Smith, safety consultant principal with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, will review Injury and Illness recordkeeping requirements (OSHA 300 Log), help you recognize and solve hazards in your workplace and how you can reduce or avoid the potential cost of MNOSHA inspection citations and penalties.

The seminar is from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Marshall on the third floor of the Lyon County Government Center. To register or for more information, contact the Marshall WorkForce Center at 507/537-6236 or email The cost to attend is $15.

The seminar is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota WorkForce Centers - Marshall, Montevideo and Worthington, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Southwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center.



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