• Fitch Ratings affirmed Thrivent's Insurer Financial Strength rating of AA+ (Very Strong), the second-highest of Fitch's 19 categories, and gave the organization a stable outlook. Fitch cited Thrivent's exceptionally strong and high quality capitalization, and its belief that management is committed to maintaining statutory capital levels in excess of rating guidelines. Fitch also said Thrivent's business profile appears to be very strong due in part to the common bond shared by Thrivent's membership. These ratings reflect Thrivent's overall financial strength and claims-paying ability, but do not apply to the investment performance of investment products. Thrivent is a not-for-profit financial services organization for Christians. It has an office in Alexandria.

• Dr. Eric Nelson, board-certified sports medicine surgeon at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, was featured in an article published by the University of Minnesota. Titled "U of M Orthopaedic Residency Prepares Eric Nelson, MD, for Service as Combat Zone Medic," the article details his time as a military medic and surgeon - from humanitarian deployments to providing medical care in combat zones and serving as an orthopedic surgeon at the busiest aeromedical evacuation hospital in Iraq.

• Bethany On The Lake in Alexandria has received the highest possible overall quality rating of five stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Only nursing homes that deliver exceptional care receive five stars. The rating system is based on health inspections, the number of hours of care provided to each resident by nursing staff, and how well a nursing home cares for residents' physical and clinical needs.

• Blaine Green of Widseth Smith Nolting has become a licensed professional engineer through the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design. Green graduated from North Dakota State University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He joined Widseth Smith Nolting that year as a civil engineer-in-training. As a civil engineer, Green interprets design criteria and develops site plans for projects that include road construction and the associated utilities. He is involved in programming, design development, building code review, construction budget analysis, and conducting field work. He also inspects ongoing projects.