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Hemmerlin receives 2017 Allan Anderson Award of Merit

Randal Hemmerlin and his wife, Anne Hemmerlin, hold the Allan Anderson Award of Merit at the 2017 MN NAHRO Spring Conference in May. Photo by Red Wing HRA.

The award for an employee with experience and extensive knowledge in community development and housing programs, as well as leadership skills, has been chosen by local housing and redevelopment staff.

Randal Hemmerlin, executive director, was recognized as an individual by the Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Authority. The nomination letter noted Hemmerlin exemplifies dedication and leadership needed to serve the community with affordable housing and community development activities. After being awarded the 2017 Allan Anderson Award of Merit, Hemmerlin said he couldn't have done it without the help of others.

"My wife, Anne, and our family, the HRA board and staff members, the City of Red Wing and the members of Minnesota NAHRO (National Association of Housing Redevelopment Association) all contributed in some form or fashion," Hemmerlin said. "It's through working together that anything of value is accomplished. In that regard, the award recognizes all of us and I am proud for Red Wing in bringing the award home to it."

Previously, Hemmerlin has received certifications for Certified HOME Program Specialist, Housing Development Finance Profession and Public Housing Management.

Staff commended Hemmerlin's activity since his time with Red Wing HRA. "His accomplishments are too numerous to include them all," Ronnelle Jaeger, program management coordinator said. "(We) appreciate Hemmerlin's leadership and all he has done for the HRA and Red Wing community as a whole."

While staying involved in the community, Hemmerlin has continued his work with a variety of programs to bring funding for housing in the area, including helping the HRA receiving $287,365 in bonds to aid below-market interest rate home mortgage loans for low and moderate income first-time homebuyers.

"His willingness to be involved with housing issues at the state and national level has kept the city of Red Wing abreast of major issues in the field, along with new developments and programming possibilities," said Diane Larson, senior vice president of Minnesota NAHRO.

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