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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Large Animal Vet for the Rainy River District

Announcement from:

Hillcrest Animal Clinic
Dr. Bobby Egli, Owner

'I would like to introduce a new veterinarian to our practice - Dr. Jon Fistler.

As you might know, I have been providing large animal veterinary service to the Rainy River District for the past two years. This has been a challenge, especially in the provision of emergency service due to the distances involved. I have had the opportunity to hire Dr. Jon Fistler who will now be residing in the Rainy River district and can provide the continuity of service that this area has lacked for so many years.

Dr. Jon comes to the area with a great deal of large animal experience. He is qualified to practice all types of veterinary medicine; however, large animal is his passion. Jon’s father was a mixed practice veterinarian with his clinic attached to the house, so Jon grew up with an interest in animals of all kinds.

He graduated in 1990 from the University Of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing in Wisconsin and Minnesota for the past 21 years. He practiced equine medicine in Cloquet, making calls into Duluth, Superior, as well as Virginia and Hibbing. He practiced mixed animal medicine in International Falls, with clinics in Warroad and Baudette.

Jon has extensive experience in equine medicine, including health checks, gelding, lameness exams and emergency care. He is proficient in bovine medicine and surgery, having worked 12 years for large exclusively dairy practices in Wisconsin and Minnesota, in addition to working with large beef herds. Over the years, he has also enjoyed working with elk, red deer, buffalo, sheep, goats, pigs and exotics. He is available to answer any questions you may have.

Jon has moved here from Minnesota. He has two grown daughters who live in Duluth and a son in the Air Force in Washington, D.C. When he is not caring for animals, he enjoys fishing, hunting, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and woodworking.

Dr. Fistler is excited about his move to Canada as a resident, and his membership in the College of Veterinarians of Ontario. I am extremely happy that Jon wants to make the Rainy River District his home and continue his professional career with us.'

Dr. Jon will be available for all your animal health care needs as follows:

Monday to Friday: 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am to Noon

24 Hour Emergency Service Veterinarian on Call

For appointments call:
Dr. Jon Fistler: 807-276-2685 or
Hillcrest Animal Clinic toll free at 1-800-465-7223 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Business Women's Network Start Up

Mark your calendar!  The Business Women's Network of the Rainy River District starts up again on Wednesday, September 21st.  Location will be at La Place Rendezvous at 530 pm.  Everyone is welcome.  Our speaker this month will be Jody Maguire of Passion Parties.  She is putting on a Vendor Blender in October so she is coming to talk to us about it.  

There will also be time for networking and a little BWN business.  Please join us.
Our year runs from September to June each year.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please feel free to contact me.  I have attached a copy of the membership form for your convenience.  We ask that new and returning members please fill out the form so we can make sure your contact info is up to date.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

WBN (International Falls, Minnesota)

From the Women's Business Network:
Please join us for our 2011-2012 season kickoff on Thursday, September 8th at Noon at the Coffee Landing CafĂ©.  This year we will be meeting the 2nd Thursday of every month so please mark your calendars.  The first meeting is strictly for networking to catch up after our fabulous summer and to say our farewells to Dixie who will be leaving the KEDA office on September 14th for a position at the North Koochiching Area Sanitary District.

We are collecting $10 for lunch, which includes $1 tip and $2 for a scholarship fund that we will be starting for a local young woman who is interested in going to college to study in the field of business.  We are hoping that by the end of our season we will have at least $250 for that scholarship fund.  Any additional donations will be gladly accepted. Please RSVP to Jenny Dougherty the Small Business Development Center/KEDA at 218-283-8585 or send Jenny an e-mail at