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• Judy Johnson has been named the 2018 Knute Nelson Renaissance Award recipient. The award honors an individual whose leadership and support to the Knute Nelson organization has been exceptional in addition to exemplifying the business' mission and beliefs. After 22 years of working in dining services at Knute Nelson, Johnson retired in 2012 and began volunteering only 10 days later. Since then, she has contributed 2,000-plus hours of volunteer service to Knute Nelson, primarily in wellness classes at the Care Center.

• The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Lauren Johnson as its marketing and communications coordinator. Johnson grew up in Alexandria and graduated from Jefferson Senior High School. She studied communications, art and design at the Alexandria Community & Technical College. Prior to joining the Chamber team, she worked in health information at the Sanford Health Clinic in Alexandria.

• Alomere Health has had its accreditation renewed by HFAP, an independent accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Lawrence Haspel, chairman of the Bureau of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation for HFAP, said an "extensive and thorough on-site review" found that Alomere met national standards for patient safety, quality improvement and environmental safety.

• The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors recognized four local businesses on Nov. 14. The Design Station opened at 4417 County Road 82 SE, offering a make-and-take workshop for public classes or private events. Hair A'La More salon recently moved to 303 22nd Ave. W. to allow for easier access and better parking for clients. Zimny Insurance moved to 1103 Broadway St., a space that offers a meeting room, break room and space for future growth. Central MN Realty recently purchased a building at 1229 N. Nokomis St NE.

• The chamber of commerce membership team recognized five new chamber members on Nov. 7. Crooked Willow, 11181 County Rd. 82 SE, Osakis, is a wedding venue with multiple buildings. Its main event center holds up to 400 guests. Jenna Lee Spa, at 1307 State Hwy. 29 N. in Alexandria, provides manicures, pedicures, facials, chemical peels, body treatments and waxing and features monthly specials. The Blue Rooster Shoppe, at 1001 Hwy. 29 N. in Alexandria, features vintage items, DIY projects, roosters, and air plants and succulents, among other items. Accent Personal Services, LLC in Alexandria provides personal, business, estate and home services. Jingle Bells Foundation, an Alexandria nonprofit, provides food and toy baskets to families in need during the holidays and has raised more than $2.5 million since the program started in 1940.

• The Downtown Merchants Association announced two new members: Narlie's Upscale Consignment Boutique at 418 Broadway St. in Alexandria and Vital Fit Club at 112 Sixth Ave E. in Alexandria.

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