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Knute wins state honor

Contributed photo Accepting Knute Nelson's Community Impact Award at a banquet in the Twin Cities in February were (left to right) Katie Perry, Mark Anderson and Jessica Critz.

Finding out about an award and not being able to share it was a hard thing for Katie Perry and Jessica Critz from Knute Nelson to do but they did it.

Until now.

Perry, the vice president of communications and development, and Critz, the marketing and communications specialist, finally had the opportunity to share with the staff at Knute Nelson, as well as the community, about a recent award presented to the nursing care facility in Alexandria.

The two are proud to announce that Knute Nelson received the Community Impact Award by Aging Services of Minnesota.

The award honors a member organization that goes beyond the health service or housing role to support and improve the community. It recognizes organizations that offer extended services beyond the traditional scope of resident care and demonstrate social responsibility.

"This award speaks so strongly of who we are as an organization," said Critz, who along with Perry and Mark Anderson, president and CEO of Knute Nelson, accepted the award.

Employees or volunteers of an organization could submit a nomination letter to Aging Services stating why the organization was deserving.

In her nomination letter, Critz stated, "Being an Alexandria-area native, I have grown up seeing the importance of business and organizational involvement in our community. It has been incredible to see the impact that Knute Nelson has had, and continues to have, on our area."

She stated that throughout its history, the facility has strived to be responsive to the needs of the community for innovative care. Knute Nelson, she said, seeks out opportunities to give back to the community that has supported it for so long.

Perry explained that the award looked beyond the normal, day-to-day operations of the facility. It was based largely on community involvement and support.

She talked about the partnerships that Knute has formed with other entities in the community, such as Alexandria Technical College (ATC) and its Senior College course offerings, as well as training opportunities at ATC.

In addition, Knute Nelson has formed a partnership with the Let's Go Fishing program, which offers senior citizens opportunities to fish on area lakes.

Another way Knute Nelson supported its community was by donating a one-acre parcel of land to the Douglas County Historical Society to use for future use.

Both Perry and Critz noted that the donation helped extend the legacy of Senator Knute Nelson and passes on the importance of philanthropy, in which Knute Nelson firmly believed.

Although Knute was awarded for its contributions to the community, Perry stressed, "Without the support of the community [for Knute Nelson], we, in turn, couldn't support our community."

Perry noted that many of Knute's employees and volunteers also give back to the community through work with various organizations such as the Alexandria Rotary Club and Lakes Area Professional Women, just to name a couple.

Knute employees and volunteers are also involved with various events such as the Relay for Life and the American Heart Walk, as well as in their churches, schools and other groups.

For more information visit www.knutenelson .org, find Knute Nelson on Facebook or call (320) 763-6653.