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Gudgell helps lead local Mayo sites

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Steve Gudgell has been named chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic Health System's medical centers in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing and the regional clinics in Wabasha and Zumbrota, Plainview, and Alma and Ellsworth.

Gudgell and Dr. Tom Witt, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing, will provide strategic oversight for the medical centers, Mayo said.

Gudgell has worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for 31 years and most recently was administrator of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and Mayo Clinic Dialysis Services and administrator of the Department of Medicine's outpatient practice.

"Steve brings a wealth of expertise to our organization," Witt said. "I'm excited to have him join our administrative team."

• Falconer Vineyards of Red Wing and Cannon River Winery of Cannon Falls are among the nine vineyards represented in Minnesota Wine Country at the Minnesota State Fair.

The building will sell wines by the glass and flights of three, and chefs will prepare foods to pair with the wines. There also will be up to three daily education sessions from chefs, cookbook authors, grape growers, wine producers and more.

This is the second year the wine country building has been at the fair. It is located across from the Agriculture Horticulture Building and is open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily throughout the fair, which ends Sept. 2.

• Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing has added a new physician to the hospitalist team.

Dr. Daniel Firth will work with hospitalized patients. He earned a medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

"I am excited to work in such a great health care system where truly the needs of the patient come first," Firth said.

• Red Wing resident and business owner Susan Johnson won first prize for the biggest garlic in seven out of 10 categories at the annual Minnesota Garlic Festival this month. She won the most ribbons — for the second year in a row — along with a number of prizes.

Johnson owns Hawk's Brain Garlic.

• Red Wing Shoe Co. received the Minnesota Preservation Award for its dedication to historic preservation.

"Red Wing Shoes started with their first factory downtown and that's where we still are today," the Shoe's head archivist Clare Pavelka said. "We want to contribute to the historic ideals that the community has worked so hard to preserve."

An award ceremony for winners is planned for Sept. 27 at Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis.

• Valley Craft Industries is launching its largest product line, Vari-Tuff Professional Modular Mobile Cabinets, the company announced.

The launch is planned for the Bakken Oil Workers & Oil Service Expo in Minot, N.D., going on now through Aug. 22.

The cabinet line offers customization of drawers, doors and shelving as well as removable side handles, single point locking system and optional back panels for storage. The line is designed and built in the USA, the company said.

• Red Wing Software has released CenterPoint Management Accounting Module for CenterPoint Accounting for Agriculture.

The module allows owners and managers to get a more accurate picture of profitability by matching costs to revenue, the company said.

"Understanding and properly allocating all costs is the key to better decision-making and will give managers the analysis needed to make strategic decisions that impact their financial performance," Red Wing Software president Ken Hilton said.

• Lake City Family Physicians has added two new providers. Susan Majerus is a certified family nurse practitioner. Her interests include women's health, chronic disease management and urgent care, the clinic said. Crystal Boe is a certified family nurse practitioner and her interests include women's health, wellness promotion and preventative care.

• Charlene Rigelman of Old Frontenac was elected earlier this month as a member of the 2013 Chairman's Council of New York Life Insurance Company.

Members of the council rank in the top three perfect of the sales force, which has more than 12,250 licensed agents.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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