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ON THE STREET - March 4, 2016

• The Swenson Lervick Law Firm recently honored Gretchen Tvrdik for her 40th anniversary with the firm. Tvrdik started with the firm in February of 1976 as a legal assistant to attorneys John Lervick and Gary Syverson. She later worked as a real estate assistant, and in 1989, she became the firm’s office manager, a position she has held ever since. Tvrdik has seen many changes, including handwritten shorthand giving way to electronically-shared digital transcription and emails outnumbering printed correspondence.

Pastor Patricia Baglien is a recipient of Knute Nelson’s (KN) Tree of Excellence award. This award is the highest level of recognition through the KN Recognition Program. Baglien is a chaplain at KN. She was nominated by her peers who said that she “is a tremendous mentor to so many, shines when it comes to customer services and is always available to listen no matter how busy she is and never gives the impression of being rushed.”

Karin Erickson, manager of Holmes City Farmers Mutual in Alexandria, was elected as a District 3 director of the Minnesota Association of Farm Mutual Insurance Companies at the 121st annual convention Feb. 7-9 in Bloomington. Those attending the convention consisted of officers and directors of the 64 township and statewide Mutual Insurance Companies. Erickson will serve a four-year term on the 13-member board of directors of the State Association.

Mary Becker of Alexandria, an Avon representative, was one of 160 representatives in the U.S. to earn an all-expense paid trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, in May 2016. Becker earned the trip through Avon’s Grow to Win Getaway contest by signing up 10 team members within 10 weeks who all had to place a minimum order. She signed up 22. This is the second trip she has earned.

• The Medica Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Knute Nelson Foundation in Alexandria to support health-related programming core to the organization’s mission. In 2015, it gave nearly $1.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Medica’s service area. The Medica Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable grant-making foundation. It seeks to fund community-based programs and initiatives that can provide sustainable, measurable improvements in the availability, access and quality of health care.

• Six members of Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) were recently awarded $100 prizes as statewide winners of the WINcentive Savings program, as well as one with $50 at the local level. WINcentive is available exclusively to members at participating Minnesota credit unions and offers prize drawing entries in return for each time account holders increase their savings balance by $25, with up to four entries per month. MMFCU also offers $50 monthly drawings exclusively for its members.