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Knute Nelson received its Award of Merit in Aging Services from LeadingAge Minnesota at the Institute & Expo, an annual event attended by nearly 4,000 professional caregivers and organizations dedicated to aging services. From left, CEO Mark Anderson, Vice President of Human Resources Brooke Zabel, Senior Vice President Katie Perry, Chief Operating Officer Angie Urman and LeadingAge President Gayle Kvenvold. (Contributed)1 / 3
Dan Rooney was presented the Outstanding Service Award by two Minnesota Collegiate DECA state officers at a conference in Minnetonka, Minn. (Contributed)2 / 3
Care attendant Kayla Sibert, here with CEO Mark Anderson, received Knute Nelson's Tree of Excellence award. (Contributed)3 / 3

• LeadingAge Minnesota, an association of more than 1,000 organizations serving seniors, has awarded Knute Nelson in Alexandria an Award of Merit for Performance Excellence in Aging Services. To achieve the Award of Merit, an aging services provider must complete an in-depth organizational self-assessment that supports them in identifying, prioritizing and addressing improvement opportunities in their organization. Providers then must demonstrate that they have effective systems in place that will enable them to better serve older adults, empower staff teams, and achieve and sustain quality efforts more effectively.

• Care attendant Kayla Sibert received The Tree of Excellence award from Knute Nelson, the highest level of recognition through the company's recognition program. She was nominated by peers who described her as always willing to help when asked, going "above and beyond" to meet resident needs, easy to work with, and cheerful.

• Edina Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the Midwest's largest residential real estate firm, recently announced that it had recognized several of its Alexandria real estate agents for outstanding sales performance, market knowledge and customer service as members of Edina Realty's Chairman's, Master's, President's or Leadership Circles. Those in the Chairman's Circle are: Stu Wood and Carl Kvale. Those in the President's Circle are Sue Palmquist and Wendie VanKirk. Those in the Leadership Circle are Lorie and Jim Irwin, Nicole and Mitch Doering and Kay Loeffler. Membership in Edina Realty's Circles places them in the top 40 percent of Edina Realty agents.

• Minnesota Collegiate DECA awarded its Outstanding Service Award to Dan Rooney, owner and manager of Cowing Robards in Alexandria on Feb. 16. The Outstanding Service Award goes to individuals who have rendered service above and beyond the call of duty. Rooney is a 1982 alumni of Alexandria Technical and Community College and DECA, an organization that prepares students to become leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Rooney has served as a judge at local and state competitions for decades. He individually mentors students to help them prepare for both state and international competitions and volunteers in the classroom.

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