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Business notebook: Benedictine Health System CEO to retire

Dale Thompson will retire as president and CEO of Benedictine Health System effective at the end of this year, BHS announced in a statement late last month. The Benedictine Health System is the parent organization of Red Wing's St. Crispin Living Community.

"Dale is an extraordinary leader, and BHS truly has been blessed with his service," BHS Board of Directors chairman Brian Lassiter said in a statement.

Thompson, 65, was named president/CEO of Benedictine Health System in 2003. Previously, Thompson was CEO of Benedictine Health Dimensions, a former long-term care division of BHS, and president and CEO of Health Dimensions, Inc., a long-term care organization he co-founded.

BHS owns and manages skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living communities across the upper Midwest and consists of about 40 campuses in six states and serves about 6,000 aging adults every day. That includes the St. Brigid and Seminary homes operating under St. Crispin Living Community in Red Wing.

• Steve Lawrence, CEO of Red Wing-based Lawrence NationaLease, was recently named chairman of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association. Lawrence was unanimously elected at the association's annual meeting March 11-14.

"Even though TRALA member companies are often fierce competitors with each other, Steve Lawrence understands the critical importance of being a unified voice when it comes to addressing policy that impacts the entire industry," TRALA President and CEO Tom James said.

TRALA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a voluntary, non-profit national trade association that helps provides a unified and focused voice for the truck renting and leasing industry. TRALA's membership includes more than 500 leasing and rental firms and 100 suppliers.

"A lot has changed in past 35 years, but much has stayed the same as well," Lawrence said. "The ability for our businesses to compete aggressively and fairly is always under some level of threat by excessive government intervention or ill-thought regulations," said Lawrence. "That is why we come together as one industry under the TRALA banner."

• Voth Insurance Agency of Goodhue was recently named to the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. President's Club for 2013.

Voth Insurance Agency ranks among the company's top 50 agencies and 11 farm mutual companies for outstanding production and profitability over a five-year period.

The agents and staff at Voth Insurance Agency will be presented with a plaque and letter of recognition from Grinnell Mutual for the agency's notable achievement.

• Tim Nybo, broker and realtor with Coldwell Banker-Nybo & Associates, has qualified to join the company's International President's Circle. Membership is awarded to only the top 5 percent of all sales associates and representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.