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Movers & Shakers December 16, 2010

| December 16, 2010 8:00 PM

Circling Raven ranked among best courses

The Circling Raven Golf Club, at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, has been ranked among the best courses in America by Golfweek magazine.

It came in at No. 13 on this year's list of "50 best casino courses."

Golfweek has conducted its casino course rankings for the last five years by sending out a team of more than 600 course raters to survey more than 2,200 courses. The criterion includes overall strength of routing, feature shaping, natural setting, greens, variety and memorability of holes, conditioning and maintenance and landscape management.

Circling Raven is owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and designed by course architect Gene Bates. It sits on 620 acres.

The Golfweek ranking comes after the course was named by GOLF Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" in the September 2010 issue. It is also a member of Golf Digest's "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses."

In May of next year, the resort plans to unveil an $85-million expansion. The project will add two new wings overlooking Circling Raven and nearly 100 hotel rooms as well as a pub area, a steakhouse, a fitness center, a 15,000-square-foot deluxe spa and pool and a 10-acre "front yard" that will offer a natural amphitheater for concerts and other outdoor events.

Midlife Center Counseling opens in Coeur d'Alene

Midlife Center Counseling has opened at 1423 N. Government Way.

The owner is Sandra Winterer. She offers a variety of counseling services and women's personal growth workshops. She specializes in counseling and workshops for the Boomer population.


American Family promotes Kacalek, Ferguson

Sean J. Kacalek has been promoted to sales manager, and Debbie Ferguson has been promoted to office manager at American Family Insurance in Post Falls.

The insurance office, which offers auto, home, life, business, and farm/ranch coverage, is located at 205 E. Seltice Way.

Dannon to settle

lawsuit with state

The Dannon Company Inc. will pay Idaho $425,000 to settle allegations that it made unsubstantiated and unlawful marketing claims concerning Activia yogurts and DanActive dairy drinks, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Wednesday.

Wasden joined with the attorneys general of 38 other states in a $21 million settlement with Dannon.

The attorneys general alleged that Dannon made unlawful claims in advertising, marketing, packaging, and selling Activia yogurts and DanActive dairy drinks, including claims that were not substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence at the time the claims were made.

Dannon represented that Activia helped to regulate people's digestive system based largely on the presence of a bacterial strain with purported probiotic benefits.

The attorneys general alleged that Dannon represented that Activia improved intestinal transit time when consumed one serving per day for two weeks. The majority of studies demonstrated a benefit only for individuals who consumed three servings per day for two weeks.

Dannon also represented that DanActive provided consumers with "immunity" and cold and flu prevention benefits.

Under terms of the settlement, Dannon may not represent that the covered products can prevent, treat, cure or mitigate disease.

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