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January 9, 2018

11:15 -1:00  PM

Holiday Inn Downtown Duluth 

The Dark Triad:  Managing Personality Disorders in the Workplace

David Swenson, PhD LP, Director of the MBA in Rural Healthcare at the College of St. Scholastica

Personality disorders are one of the most common mental disorders affecting nearly 10% of adults. A combination of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy constitute the “Dark Triad” and are particularly problematic in organizations. Persons with these traits tend to have less empathy, are more manipulative and deceptive, self-serving, and sometimes bullying and predatory. Such behaviors damage morale, cause conflict, increase turnover, and may involve liability. This presentation describes the Dark Triad, how they impact the workplace, their employment rights, and how such behavior can be managed.

David Swenson PhD LP is Director of the MBA in Rural Healthcare at the College of St. Scholastica. He is also a forensic psychologist and has practiced in the field for 50 years, consulting with health and human service organizations, businesses, and law enforcement. He has presented widely on the impact of personality disorders on families, organizations, and society.




Northland Human Resource Association (NHRA) Brings Sexual Harassment Awareness Education to the Public

Sexual Harassment: What Everyone Needs to Know

Presentation by Tom Torgerson, Attorney at Law, Hanft Fride, P.S.

Date: January 18, 2018

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Where: City Hall, Room 303, Duluth, MN

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Attendees will learn the following:

*What is sexual harassment under the law?

*Discussion on hostile environment and quid pro quo harassment - attendees will learn about characteristics of sexual harassment, third-party harassment, retaliation, and other forms of abusive 

*This presentation will help educate the public on sexual harassment in the workplace. It will also help employees recognize what kind of behavior is not appropriate in the workplace and how each individual can contribute to an atmosphere that is better for everyone. Managers will learn how to help prevent harassment in the workplace and steps for responding promptly and appropriately if a problem occurs. Finally, employers will be given tools to help ensure the workplace is free from any types of harassment including those sexual in nature.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held at City Hall, Room 303 on January 18, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The media is invited to attend and learn more about this timely topic.




February 13, 2018

11:15 -1:00  PM

Holiday Inn Downtown Duluth 

MN & WI Legal Update:   Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits

Larkin Hoffman Attorneys 

Larkin Hoffman Attorneys will highlight recent MN, WI, and federal laws, regulations, and decisions that have an immediate impact on senior executives and business leaders within human resources. 

Visit www.larkinhoffman.com to learn more about their firm and the guiding principles that have defined their culture for more than 50 years!



Could your company benefit from a talented STEM intern?

Receive a 50 percent cash match on your intern's wages - up to $2500 through SciTechsperience

SciTechsperience is a free, statewide, state-funded internship program that connects small for-profit Minnesota businesses with talented college STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students.

Participating companies receive a wage reimbursement of 50 percent of the intern's wages up to $2,500.

What's New

• Companies located anywhere in Minnesota with less than 250 employees worldwide may participate

• Graduate students are now eligible for the program

• More than 325 reimbursements are available now on a first-come, first hire basis

Eligible Companies:

• Are for-profit, registered and conducting business in Minnesota

• Have fewer than 250 employees worldwide worldwide

• Offer an internship that offers hands-on STEM industry experience

• Are doing business in one of the following industries:

o Aerospace and Defense

o Agriculture and Food Science

o Biotechnology, Life Sciences and Health IT

o Engineering Services

o Fuels, Energy, Energy Management

o IT/Computer Technology

o Mining, Materials, Manufacturing and Processing

For more information and to apply go to SciTechMN.org.

Want to know more? Check out this short webinar or contact SciTechsperience Program Director Becky Siekmeier, Minnesota High Tech Association at beckys@mhta.org or 952-230-4241.




Anneke Schram

HR Specialist

North Shore Bank

Anneke has been with North Shore Bank since 2005 and in the HR dept since 2007.  At the Bank she is responsible for Payroll, Benefits Enrollment/Admin, Time Keeping System and New Hires/Terms for approximately 130 employees (100 Full Time).

 She joined NHRA in the Spring of 2017 & just recently joined SHRM. She attended the 2017 MN SHRM conference in Duluth and is looking forward to learning more through attending these types of events.

Anneke has a BA History/English Literature from St Lawrence University- Canton, NY and MBA -HR from the New York Institute of Technology- Long Island, NY

She is originally from Vermont and currently living in Lake Nebagamon with her husband, 18-month-old little girl and 3 dogs. She enjoys being outdoors.




A request has gone out for area employers willing to help prepare Duluth Denfeld students for employment through mock interviews on Friday, January 12th in the commons area of Denfeld High School.  Students benefit greatly from the opportunity to practice their interview skills and learn from feedback provided during the mock interview process.  Two timeslots are available on January 12th for available volunteers, 9-10 a.m. or 2:15-3:15 p.m.  Stock questions will be provided but interviewers could also throw in some of their own as well if they’d like.  This opportunity is specifically for students in the culinary arts programs but employers from all occupational areas are welcomed and wanted!

If you are able to help, please contact Bradley Vieths, Vocational Program Coordinator with ISD #709 Duluth Public Schools at (218)336-8700 ext 1031 or via email: bradley.vieths@isd709.org.  

If you have questions, you can also contact NHRA Workforce Readiness Director, Betsy Hill at bhill@duluthmn.gov or 218-730-5228.




Applications are now being taken for a spot on the Civil Service Board.  

The Civil Service Board oversees matters relating to civil service employment with the approval of the City Council.  The board consists of five members who are appointed by the City Council.

Meeting Time and Place unless otherwise specified:

First Tuesday of each month at 4:45 p.m.

City Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall




Managing compliance and risk in your organization

Over the past decade, businesses and non-profit organizations have faced increasing demands to comply with a myriad of government regulations in a rapidly changing legal landscape. Today, human resources professionals are responsible for the design, administration, and enforcement of many of the policies that address these regulations while ensuring compliance and managing risk for the organization.

 This program offers intensive, practice-based training for human resources professionals and their advisors in identifying and evaluating compliance requirements, while also being able to work with stakeholders to effectively implement compliance programs within their organizations.

Register by Jan 29, 2018 for Jan 31 start.





Why not start 2018 doing something great for yourself, such as joining SHRM.  Being a member of SHRM connects you to one of the largest professional organizations in the world, and will help jumpstart your career. You also get lots of discounts, including a discount for NHRA membership, learning materials and books, State Conference discounts, EXTENSIVE on-line resources and much more!







Kayleigh Karppinen

Rick Moran

If you have a job status change, please let me know so we can update your information.

If you know of anyone in the HR industry who you think would benefit from this group, please bring them as a guest or refer them to us and we'll reach out to them.


Another Year, Another AMAZING Mentorship Program 

I am so excited to be kicking off this program again this year and hope that many of you will participate!! Below is some standard information about the program.

What is the College Mentorship Program? It connects college students pursing a degree in Human Resource (HR) with HR professionals in the community.

 What is the purpose? Provide students with HR experience out of the classroom, as well as networking experience, through a guided mentorship. Each student is matched with a mentor based on HR areas of interest. Plus you as the mentor may learn something and get a little extra work done.

What are the expectations? You are asked to spend at minimum 1-2 hours a month between January – May with your mentor assigned to you. Actives may include but are not limited to; job shadowing, reviewing resumes, mock interviewing, attending a job fair, attending an NHRA/educational meeting, or other special projects/tasks.

 Are you interested in making a difference?

 Please complete this FORM (typed is best) and return it to me, Tara Swenson (College Relations Director) at tara.swenson@slhduluth.com or call me at 218-249-8822.

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you.  Tara



Will Medical Marijuana Have a Place in Employee Health Plans?

While it isn't yet covered as a prescription drug, that may change.


Talent Acquisition Trends and Predictions for 2018

Tim Sackett, SHRM-SCP Peers into the future.


Red Tape Discourages Harassment Claims on Capitol Hill 

Current system accused of silencing victims



President:  Theresa Severance, Human Resources Manager, City of Duluth

President- Elect and Director, Governmental and Legislative Affairs: Patricia Stolee, HR Director, North Shore Bank

Secretary: Melissa Williams, HR Director, WLSSD

Treasurer: Justin Terch, HR & Mediation Consultant, Terch & Associates

Director, College Relations:  Tara Swenson, Clinic Manager, St. Luke's 

Director, Membership: Mark Swanson, District Manager, Kelly Services

Director, Workforce DevelopmentBetsy Hill, Workforce Development, City of Duluth

Director, Certification: Judy Aspling, HR Director, Center City Housing Corp and Owner, Curves Superior

Director, NewsletterAmy Haney, HR Administrator, Saturn Systems

At Large: Satrina Nikula, HR Analyst, ALLETE/Minnesota Power

At Large:  Missy Meierhoff, HR Business Partner, Essentia Health

At Large:

  Wanda Grew-Jasken, President, Edge Consulting, LLC


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