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Round Barn makes list of top spots to get hitched

Round Barn B&B&B is among the top 22 coolest places to get married, according to the website BuzzFeed. The bed-and-breakfast inn, located just south of Red Wing on Highway 61, came in at No. 13. The listing includes two photos of the barn and a link to Round Barn's website.

Also making the list was the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis -- which came in at No. 10. Rounding out the list were locations from across the United States, including several in California, Hawaii, New York and Texas.

• Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing has been recognized by a national health care network for meeting or exceeding national standards for quality, safety and patient experience.

The center received a 2013 Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence from VHA Inc., a national network of more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospital systems and 72,000 non-acute facilities that work together to achieve new levels of clinical performance and operational efficiency.

"It's an honor to accept this award," said Tom Witt, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. "It really recognizes the ongoing efforts of our employees who work very hard to make sure we're meeting the needs of our patients every day."

Mayo Clinic Health System was one of 40 VHA member hospitals to receive this award this year. Winners were announced May 1 during VHA's national meeting in Las Vegas.

• Patti Robertson and Lori Anderson have recently joined Merchant's Bank in Red Wing. Robertson will be vice president and business banker and Anderson will be a mortgage loan officer.

Robertson, who is from Roberts, Wis., comes to Merchants with more than 20 years of experience in commercial and agricultural lending. Before joining the Merchants team, she worked for WESTconsin Credit Union and Hiawatha National Bank.

"Patti's skills will certainly be a great benefit to the bank, but the people who will really benefit from her addition will be business owners and farmers throughout the area," Merchant's Bank Senior Lender Brian Hokanson said.

Anderson is a graduate of Red Wing High School. She has been involved in the community over the years and maintains active involvement in the Chamber of Commerce. For the past 10 years she has been a mortgage loan officer for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Red Wing.

• Steve C. Yockey, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, has earned membership in the company's exclusive Hall of Fame.

Fewer than two percent of company's financial advisers have earned the Hall of Fame distinction. Yockey was one of only 14 advisors to achieve this status in 2012 and joins the 174 current Hall of Fame members.

Introduced in 1986, the award is designed to recognize exceptional professionals who have achieved years of consistently high performance along with a proven commitment to financial planning and superior client service. Hall of Fame is considered a lifetime achievement award.

• Dakota Electric Association was recently presented with the Outstanding Program Participation Award by Peak Load Management.

The award recognizes Dakota Electric's "success and ability to achieve a significant amount of customer participation and load reduction," a statement from Dakota Electric states.

Dakota Electric has achieved a very high involvement rate in the voluntary load management programs -- which reduce electricity demand by controlling the operation of specific appliances during times of high electricity use -- with more than 47,000 members participating.

"Our load management program is one of the greatest partnerships that we have with our member-owners in recent history," Vice President of Energy and Member Services Mike Fosse said.

"Together with our members, we have had the effect of avoiding the need to build a small power plant. Load management has helped us reduce our power costs significantly and allowed our members to save money on their electric bills."

• Charlene Rigelman, Old Frontenac, was one of 1,000 insurance agents from across the country who met with U.S. Senate and House members in Washington, D.C., last month as part of the National Insurance and Financial Advisor's Congressional Conference.

Rigelman, a local agent with New York Life Insurance Co., said she met with Al Franken, Keith Ellison, Rick Nolan and assistants for Michele Bachmann and Amy Klobuchar.

"It is so important to make these contacts on Capitol Hill and to share with our representatives and senators how important the insurance and financial services that we provide to our clients are to families, our communities and our country's economy."

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.