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On the Street - Dec. 11, 2015

• Lucillia DiCenso is a new violin teacher at Carlson Music Center in Alexandria. With nine years of experience, she specializes in classical music and attends Alexandria Area High School. She has competed in Minnesota State High School League’s Solo Ensemble Contest, been invited to play with the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, participated in the Central Lakes Conference Orchestra, and currently plays with the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra as a first violinist.

• Vic Benzinger and Mike Steidl, certified financial planners with Ameriprise Financial, Inc. in Alexandria, recently attended an offsite investment symposium conference. During the two-day conference, they heard from numerous industry experts and investment firms that provided market updates, provided product ideas, and reviewed current trends. Topics during the conference included Social Security overview, duration and rising rates, a fixed income outlook and asset protection-strategies to help clients safeguard wealth.

• The Forada First Responders recently purchased a Lucas Device thanks to a $13,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The device provides effective and uninterrupted chest compressions on sudden cardiac arrest patients. The first responders and firefighters will begin training with the device this month.

• The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., which operates many stores including Herberger’s, raised more than $5.4 million for local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and its national beneficiary, Operation Homefront, during its semi-annual Community Days event Nov. 11-14.

• Stuart Henrickson was named the 2015 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 Knute Nelson mission and beliefs. Hendrickson has been actively involved for nearly 15 years. With his leadership, Knute Nelson expanded housing choices at Nelson Gables, developed Grand Arbor and entered into wellness, home care and hospice.

• The Coca-Cola Company has signed a letter of intent with Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company, based in St. Cloud, to grant expanded distribution territories in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

• Shari Laven, president of Viking Savings Bank in Alexandria, was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council.

• Brianna Olson, director of clinical care for hospice, is Knute Nelson’s (KN) most recent Tree of Excellence winner. Her peers said that she “makes everyone feel welcome, she has taken the entire team and built morale and trust, she follows through on her word and listens to staff, and she brings her best self to work every day, making KN a place that every nurse would want to work.”

• The West Central Minnesota Society for Human Resource Management recently awarded Brooke Zabel, vice president of human resources at Knute Nelson, with the 10th annual HR Professional Award of Excellence. It recognizes HR professionals who have made significant contributions to the HR profession in their place of employment, have been instrumental in the development of HR strategies that are linked with and support the organization’s strategic goals and have had a profound effect on their company culture.