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Business briefs: Three physicians join MCHS in Red Wing

Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing recently had three physicians begin practicing medicine here. Two are husband and wife; two are family medicine specialists.

Orthopedic surgeon Gregory Erickson has a passion for sports medicine and sports related injuries. He said he enjoys shoulder, hip and knee arthroscopy with special interest in rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability and hip preservation, as well as knee ligament, cartilage and meniscal injuries.

"I am looking forward to providing quality care in all aspects of orthopedics, while developing a niche in sports medicine," Erickson said. "At the end of the day, my ultimate goal is to help patients return to their normal level of activity after an injury."

He earned his medical degree at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. He completed his orthopedics residency at UC-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., and a sports medicine fellowship at University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Drs. Stephanie Erickson and Julia Forberg are part of the Family Medicine team.

Stephanie Erickson attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln as an undergrad and received her medical degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She completed her residency at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Board-certified in family medicine, she is a 12-year veteran of the United States Air Force and was assigned to the 55th Medical Group at Offutt Air Force Base.

"I look forward to being involved in the Red Wing community and helping patients," Erickson said. "As a primary care provider, I find it is important to actively listen to my patients' concerns and questions to better help them achieve their health goals."

Erickson's professional interests include chronic disease management, weight management, dermatology and long-term contraception.

The Erickson have four children, ages 3 to 17.

Forberg earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota in Morris. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota in Duluth and in Minneapolis. She completed a family medicine residency in Boise, Idaho. She is certified by the American Heart Association in obstetrics advanced life support, neonatal resuscitation and pediatric advanced life support.

"As a Minnesota native, it's wonderful to come back to my home state and be part of the fabric of a small-town community," Forberg said. "It's a privilege to care for people of all ages, from newborn to end of life and everything in between."

In addition to primary care, Forberg provides prenatal and postnatal care for women and will also deliver babies at The Birthplace in Red Wing. She also has special interests in children's health and she enjoys providing continuity of care for her patients. Chronic disease management and dermatology are additional professional interests of hers.

She and her husband are expecting their first child this winter.

McNary Law Office

Cole W.R. Langsdorf has joined the McNary Law Office. He previously practiced with a small firm in the Twin Cities where he worked on business, commercial litigation and real estate matters.

Langsdorf is a graduate of William Mitchell Law School where he obtained a law and business certificate, which recognizes students who have achieved mastery of critical business thinking and communication skills through a rigorous course of study, research and writing and practical experience. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a bachelor's degree in finance.

McNary Law Office is located in the Merchants Bank Building, 2835 South Service Drive, Suite 209.

Lutheran Social Services

Three Red Wing-area employees of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota have received the organization's Spirit Award. They are Chelsea Kemp, Crystal Hutter and Darla Vieths in LSS Disability Services.

The award honors employees who demonstrate outstanding commitment and dedication to the LSS vision and mission. This year, 82 of the 2,300 employees at LSS of Minnesota were chosen.

"With this award, we appreciate and recognize LSS employees' outstanding commitment to the people we serve and their spirit of compassion," said Jodi Harpstead, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota's CEO.

Xcel Energy

Gov. Mark Dayton has recognized Xcel Energy as a "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" company. Minnesota honored Xcel Energy with this designation because of the company's dedication to supporting military veterans and their families.

"Our military veterans have proudly served our nation and we have tremendous appreciation for the sacrifices these individuals and their families have made on our behalf," said Ben Fowke, chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy. "We are committed to hiring and retaining veterans because they share our core values of dedication to teamwork and commitment to community."

Last year, 14 percent of Xcel Energy's new hires were veterans, surpassing the company's hiring goal for 2016. For many years Xcel Energy has been named a top military employer by several military publications and veterans groups.