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Bakers convention comes to Red Wing

Mark Wasmund, Red Wing Shoe Co. territory sales manager, shows off his "weigh-in" scorecard. The company is challenging workers to lose a total of 2,300 pounds.1 / 2
Terri Cook2 / 2

The competition is the frosting on the cake this weekend.

The 90th annual Upper Midwest Bakers Convention comes to Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

People can watch decorators from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin compete from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Their finished products will on site until 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

"There will be lots of awesome cakes on display for the public to see both days. Along with that, bakers will be submitting baked food products for contests," Red Wing's Bill Hanisch said.

The Red Wing bakery also will have a decorator in the Pillsbury National Decorating Contest, which coincides with the convention. Sarah Olson will compete for the chance at the national title in Las Vegas.

• "We moved the 'Boot' in 2009, but let's lose the 'Boot' in 2010," Red Wing Shoe Co. benefits manager Laurel Achen told employees this week.

The company invited all employees - whether they need to lose weight or not - to participate a version of "The Biggest Loser" and help people lose a total of 2,300 pounds. That's what the world's largest boot weighs.

Employees will compete in teams. If they reach the goal, the Shoe will give $2,300 to food shelves in various Red Wing Shoe locations.

The project began Monday and will run through August.

• A downtown restaurant has a new name, new menu and new interior. The Brickhouse Pub & Grille - formerly Potter's on Main and Oar D'Oeuvre - is celebrating through month's end.

• Terri Cook of Red Wing was one of Norwex Enviro Products stars in December. She ranked fourth in sales among the company's 14,000 distributors in the United States and Canada.

Cook is in her fifth year with Norwex, which sells and distributes antibacterial microfiber cleaning cloths, chemical-free cleaning products and organic skin care products. The Norwegian-based company was founded in 1994 and organized around the idea of "Clean Without Chemicals."

Cook also was among the top 40 Norwex distributors in the previous fiscal year.

• In less than a month after the Haiti earthquake, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and its members have contributed $3 million toward relief efforts. Local Thrivent representatives report that more than 12,000 members contributed to "Helping Haiti."

Anne Jacobson

Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 

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