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Red Wing native recognized for volunteering

Kori Carlson (left) was named Cigna’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year for her work with Girls on the Run. She is pictured with Cigna President and CEO David Cordani.

Red Wing native Kori (Fitschen) Carlson was named Cigna’s Volunteer of the Year for 2013.

Carlson, a business project senior specialist at Cigna and a 2000 graduate of Red Wing High School, was one of two co-founders who built a Twin Cities chapter of Girls on the Run.

“Running helped me through so much,” Carlson said in a news release. “It helped me find my place and experience sportsmanship and the support of a team when I was in high school and then it gave me an outlet while I was grieving the loss of my mother. I wanted to help give girls the chance to grow as I did through physical activity.”

“By bringing Girls on the Run to the Twin Cities, Kori has personally helped to improve the health and well-being of hundreds of girls,” said David Cordani, Cigna’s President and CEO. “Cigna employees around the world share a commitment to helping people be healthy, active and productive so they can reach their full potential. Kori is a prime example of this.”

Carlson received a $5,000 donation to Girls on the Run in the Twin Cities from the Cigna Foundation and a $2,500 personal award.

The recipient is chosen by the Cigna Foundation from 12 volunteers recognized monthly throughout each year.

•Red Wing Credit Union was selected for the 2014 Best of Business award for Red Wing in the general category by the Small Business Community Association.

The SBCA aims to recognize and empower small-business owners who make a difference in their communities, the organization said.

•Xcel Energy has been named the country’s top wind provider for the 10th consecutive year, according to the American Wind Energy Association, Xcel announced.

“Xcel Energy is proud to be among the nation’s leaders in delivering affordable, clean energy from renewable sources,” said Ben Fowke, chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy. “We embraced wind energy early because it’s clean, cost-effective and will protect our customers against rising fuel prices in the future.”

Xcel Energy had 5,080 megawatts of wind energy on its systems as of 2013, the company said, enough wind power to meet the energy needs of about 2.5 million homes.

Wind was about 15 percent of the company’s energy supply, and it’s aiming for 20 percent by 2020.

Last year Xcel Energy announced plans to expand its wind power use by another 40 percent over the next several years.

•Bob Kierlin and Steve Slaggie, two of Fastenal’s founders, retired from the board of directors this week. Their retirement marks the end of their official roles with the organization, the company said.

In addition to serving on the board of directors for 47 years, Kierlin was Fastenal’s president until 2001 and CEO until 2002, and Slaggie was the company’s treasurer, insurance risk manager, and investor relations director from 1987 to 1996.

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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