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Business notebook: Hammer named new warden

Steven Hammer of Red Wing has been named the new warden of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Rush City.

Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy promoted Hammer, who came to MCF-Red Wing in 1997.

"Steve has demonstrated the strong leadership and expertise that I expect of Minnesota wardens," Roy said.

Hammer began his corrections career in 1991 as an information and technology specialist at the MCF-Shakopee. In 1997, Hammer transferred to Red Wing and worked his way up to associate warden of administration.

In 2010, Hammer continued to live in Red Wing but transferred to Stillwater as associate warden of administration. He was named associate warden of operations there in 2011.

"It is very hard to leave Red Wing," Hammer said.

Hammer succeeds Bruce Reiser, who recently was named warden of MCF-Faribault. Red Wing's new warden, Kathy Halvorson, was previously the Faribault warden.

• ProAct Inc. has named Deanna Wanzek, a veteran physical therapist and former business owner, to its board of directors.

The nonprofit organization serving people with disabilities has a growing program in Hudson, Wis., where Wanzek is employed by Avanti Center. She lives in River Falls.

• Greg Collins of Collins Wealth Management has earned certification for long-term care. The program is independent of the insurance industry and focuses on providing insurance professionals the tools to meet a client's long-term care needs.

The field of long-term care intersects with others such as financial planning, tax law, home care, government funding, and elder law, he said.

This includes resources, such as housing and services, clients will need as they age and how they will be paid for these needs.

Collins Wealth Management has offices in Red Wing and Hastings.

Anne Jacobson

Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 

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