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• As part of the Downtown Merchants Hometown Christmas Experience, Cherry Street Books, 503 Broadway Street, Alexandria, will host book signings by four authors on Saturday, December 14 from noon to 2 p.m.

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Participating authors are historic fiction writer Candace Simar from Pequot Lakes, local historian Barbara Grover, St. Cloud memoirist Jeanne Kremers and Millie Moran of Sartell.

Simar has a series of historical fiction novels partly set in the Alexandria area in the late 1800s, including Abercrombie Trail, Pomme de Terre, Birdie and Blooming Prairie. She also co-authored Farm Girls with her sister, Angela Foster.

Grover’s book, Alexandria, is a pictorial record of the city of Alexandria from its earliest days to the present.

Kremers is a respiratory therapist at the St. Cloud Hospital. Her memoir, The Chosen One: Facing Cancer with Grace and Ease, offers readers a portrayal of her battles with cancer.

Moran, whose memoir is titled Socially Challenged, grew up as the oldest in a family of 18 children on a farm near Browerville, was trained as a nurse’s aide, married, moved to California to raise her family and eventually returned to Minnesota.

• Adam Barnett, a project architect in JLG Architects’ Alexandria office, has passed the Green Building Certification Institute’s sustainability Barnettcredentialing examination to earn a Building Design and Construction accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP BD+C).

The LEED AP BD+C system provides a standard for design professionals participating in the design and construction phases of high-performance, healthy, durable, affordable and environmentally-sound commercial and institutional buildings.

Barnett received a Master and Bachelor of Architecture, as well as a Bachelor of Science in environmental design, from North Dakota State University (NDSU) in 2010. Prior to his studies at NDSU, Barnett graduated magna cum laude from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and a concentration in archaeology. He became a registered architect in 2012.

Barnett is the 17th JLG Architects professional to earn LEED AP or LEED AP BD+C credentials.

• Andy Pickar recently joined Widseth Smith Nolting’s architectural team as a project manager for design and construction projects. Pickar has more than five years of experience in project management, contract management and contract administration, most recently with Corval PickarGroup, Inc. of St. Paul. He earned a Bachelor of Science in construction management from the University of Minnesota-Mankato.

As a project manager, Pickar is responsible for construction management and administration, estimating, budgeting, scheduling, reviewing contracts and lien releases, and contributing to the further development of the firm’s architectural practice. Pickar has experience working on a variety of district energy distribution projects, industrial piping installs, and other mechanical upgrade projects including several multi-million dollar projects.

• Ashley Sutherland, RN clinical coordinator from Ecumen Bethany Community, was one of 16 leaders that recently graduated from the annual Nursing Leadership Symposium conducted by Aging Services of Minnesota.

SSutherlandutherland participated in this five-month program gaining skills to create a more positive work environment, improve resident care and enhance operational outcomes.

As an RN clinical coordinator at Ecumen Bethany Community, Sutherland provides proactive nursing leadership and professional development support to the nursing team.

• The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., which operates Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, announced that its Community Days fundraising effort raised approximately $5.8 million.

The semi-annual Community Days events, which took place on Friday and Saturday, November 15-16, raised money for projects and causes in the stores’ local communities.

Thousands of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and schools signed up to sell $5 savings booklets, which contained more than $500 in savings both in-store and online. In return for their donation to the organization, customers received a $10 coupon and multiple discounts to be used on Community Day. One hundred percent of the $5 booklet donation is retained by the participating organizations.

The Bon-Ton Stores have raised $112 million for local non-profit groups since Community Days began in 1999.