September 2014 Employee Awards

Congrats to Anne Palmer (MSLA) for being selected as Kalix’s Employee of the Month for September.  Anne’s efforts to provide motivation turns fitness into something fun and exciting, which results in improvements in people’s overall health.  From celebrating daily step goals to introducing new games to reinforcing continued participation, her positive attitude is making a difference! Thank you, Anne, for displaying the Kalix values:  DEPENDABILITY, ADAPTABLIITY, PROFESSIONALISM and TEAMWORK!   Congratulations to the other September Employee of the Month nominees: Taylor Potter (DSP), Vickie Bambenek (Vocational), Justine Brown (ISLA), Lance Fires (1109), Sarah Bergh (1105), Tammy Gerszweski (1005).    ...
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AT for the Kitchen

Having the ability to cook good tasting food (that didn’t come from the grocery store’s frozen section) is a skill that not everyone has mastered. For some people creating a tasty dish is easier than tying shoes, while others view the stove top as a wasteland too dangerous to explore. Thankfully there’s a variety of assistive devices to inspire, aid, and safely cook a nutritious meal (microwave free). 1. Get Inspired MyPlate on Pinterest– with over a hundred recipes in every nutrition category, these delicious and easy meals will suit the pickiest eater. The Photo Cookbook- a free app on the...
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Crackers a Success in North Dakota

Kalix was highlighted in a recent KX News story for their work with Dakota Sunrise Brokers in the role of production of Cindy’s Track Crackers. The full text story can be found at, Crackers a Success in North Dakota on KXNews.

August 2014 Employee Awards

Congrats to Diana DeCoteau (DSP) for being selected as Employee of the Month for August.  DSP’s expansion of community activities is successful as a direct result of Diana’s creativity, persistence, and infectious enthusiasm.  She develops ideas for activities, creates a fun atmosphere, and follows through to make it happen.  We especially appreciate her commitment to making community activity available to everybody! Thank you, Diana, for displaying the Kalix values:  DEPENDABILITY, ADAPTABILITY, PROFESSIONALISM and TEAMWORK! Congratulations to the other nominees: Julie Brekhus (DSP), Chelsea Fredericksen (1007), Amy Davis (ISLA), Nevada Bellmore (ISLA).  

Activity Trackers-Making Fitness Fun

According to one study, the average American only takes about 5,117 steps a day, half of the 10,000 step recommendation. So how do we begin to increase more movement throughout the day? Many of us have at one point in our lives have used a pedometer, which is a great place to start. Pedometers are inexpensive and help people realize the amount of steps they take in a day, but for some they’re not enough motivation to change old habits.   With the increase in tablet and smartphone popularity, there’s hundreds of apps and activity tracking devices to track movement and calorie intake. These...
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Kalix Recycling float in ND State Fair Parade

For the first time ever, the Kalix Recycling Center participated in the North Dakota State Fair Parade on July 19, 2014. The float was designed and constructed with the help of many employees and program participants over several weeks. The design incorporates plastic bottles and bottle caps to create a nature scene with trees, flowers, and birds. Captions included “20th Anniversary” noting that the Recycling Center opened in 1994, and “Recycle Now” as staff and friends walking with the float collected plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and cardboard from parade watchers.  The float construction crew and parade participants had a great...
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Can’t Find Somthing? StickNFind It!

How many times have you played out the following scenario: You’re scrambling around trying to get out the door to go to work, you go to grab your keys and they’re no where to be found. You check the counters, the coat rack, your pockets, and after 10 minutes of frantic search they finally turn up. Now imagine instead of frantically searching for an unnecessary amount of time, you simply send a message to your keys through your smartphone and voilà,  you find them! StickNFind Stickers use Bluetooth sensors that can find any item they are placed on. The Stickers are about...
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July 2014 Employee Awards

Congrats to Vickie Allery (Rolla MSLA) for being selected as Employee of the Month for July.  The nomination notes that during a recent emergency situation, Vickie reacted quickly and appropriately, utilizing her training to ensure that everybody was safe. Thank you, Vickie, for displaying the Kalix values:  PROFESSIONALISM, ADAPTABILITY, TEAMWORK and DEPENDABILITY! Congratulations to the other nominees: Diana Decoteau (DSP), Maria Gourneau (1007), and Pamela Bourlon (1109).  STAR Employee of the Quarter Congrats to Rod Martinson (Contract Administrator) for being selected as STAR Employee of the Quarter.  Rod was nominated for his work on two separate projects – both examples of...
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June 2014 Employee Awards

Congrats to Tina Warnke (1007) for being selected as Employee of the Month for June.  The nomination notes that Tina regularly advocates for people receiving services, and helps them get the assistance that is needed.  In one instance, Tina provided information and assistance to nursing staff to ensure that appropriate care was provided to a person that had been admitted to the hospital. Thank you, Tina, for displaying the Kalix values: PROFESSIONALISM and DEPENDABILITY! Congratulations to the other nominees: Nancy Pietsch (ISLA), Jay Szichak (1007), Sarah Bergh (DSP), Pamela Sanchez (ISLA), and Jen Whitley (Vocational).

Kalix Finders Keepers Winner 2014

Kalix developed the Finders Keepers program to reward employees for referring family, friends and acquaintances.  Employees can earn up to $475 plus a chance to win a trip to Hawaii for each referral that is hired and stays with the Agency for at least one year.  The annual Hawaiian Day celebration honors all referrals that met the one year requirement within the last twelve months.  This year, the event also included a spectacular salad contest, best dressed contest, and Hawaiian games. Congrats to Thelma Gadue (ICF) for winning the 2014 Hawaii drawing!