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St. James wins wedding award

The St. James Hotel was a winner of the Couple’s Choice Awards 2014 by WeddingWire, a top national online wedding marketplace, the hotel announced.

The award honors the top 5 percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire network based on quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Winners are chosen based on clients’ reviews on the website

“In 2013 we were privileged to host the highest number of weddings ever at the hotel,” said Victoria Wolf, wedding and events manager at the St. James Hotel. “I had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful wedding couples and it was a joy to see their expectations for their very special day come true. We are very honored to receive this award and we look forward to making 2014 another unforgettable year for our brides and grooms.”

The hotel was the venue and caterer for 60 couples’ ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners in 2013, it said.

•Two new doctors have joined the Obstetrics/Gynecology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing.

Dr. Kathryn Gruenwald is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and attended Mayo Medical School in Rochester. She joins the Red Wing team following her most recent position at Alaska Native Medical Center.

“I’m very happy to be back in patient care here,” she said.

Dr. Seth Heckman received his undergraduate degree at Boston College and his medical degree at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Most recently he served as medical officer at Indian Health Services Chinle Service Unit in Chinle, Ariz. He is conversant in medical Spanish.

Heckman’s special interests include cancer prevention and minimally invasive gynecology surgery.

“Providing personal care to improve women’s health is my passion,” he said.

• Red Wing Shoe Co. recently released its newest brand film, “Sustaining a Family Business.”

The film is the latest in a series that recognizes the skill and dedication of Red Wing customers. It focuses on the northern woods of Minnesota where family-owned Lovdahl & Sons Logging has made a living for three generations. The Lovdahl family cuts aspen, a wood commonly used in paper products and building materials.

“Sustaining a Family Business” is a view into the life of “a hard-working American family and the business that binds them together,” the Shoe said.

The video can be found at

/red-wing-video-series or on the Red Wing Shoes YouTube channel, http://


•Bryon Gilles of Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services recently graduated from the four-year line-worker apprentice program at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wis.

Gilles was one of 18 apprentices from utilities across the state to receive a diploma at the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin/Rural Electric Cooperatives Joint Superintendent’s Conference.

“The training,” electric operations manager Brad Ristow said, “will help him perform highly skilled work on our high-voltage electric distribution system.”

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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