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Local jeweler wins 'Gemmy'

LANESBORO – Crown Trout Jewelersin Lanesboro recently won a "Gemmy" award in the national design competition sponsored by the Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine.

The winning entry, the "Heart of Ellida" necklace, was designed and fabricated by Liz Bucheit. It features custom cut Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper by Michael Seiler, carnelian, yellow jade, pearls and fine silver.

The "Heart of Ellida" will be featured in Interweave Magazine's hardbound showcase book of the best in contemporary gem and jewelry art.

Builders name 2015 board


Rochester Area Builders Inc., a professional trade association which supports and promotes the building industry in southeastern Minnesota, has announced its 2015 board of directors.

• President: John Eckermanof The Boldt Co.

• Vice President: Christy Buchanof Energy Products & Design

• Secretary: Delbert Feenstraof Knutson Construction

• Treasurer: Carla Kilpatrickof Home Federal Savings Bank

• Past-President: Kevin Wordenof Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity

Builder directors include: Mike Allen, Mike Allen Homes LLC; Mickey Elias, Elias Construction; Levi Kaiser, Alvin E. Benike Inc.; Brian Sheehan, Weis Builders Inc.; Jon Range, Range Construction LLC.

Associate directors include: Karen Blissenbach, Design Studio B; Lindsey Rippentrop, Premier Bank; Rob Jones, Superior Mechanical; Sam Peyton, King's Flooring LLC.


Representatives from the Builders Exchange of Rochester are: Jake Schleusner, Merit Contracting Inc., Chair; Tom Leimer, Knutson Construction, Vice Chair; JJ Webster, Kraus-Anderson Construction, Past Chair.

Chairs for the Councils will be: Remodelers Council, Jerry Jensen, Valor Mechanical; Development Council, Jill Mickelson, Braun Intertec Corp.; Commercial Builders Council, Nick Leimer, Kraus-Anderson Construction, Chair;

The State Directors will be: David Pederson, Dunlap & Seeger; Jim Gander, Superior Mechanical; John McGuine, Schoeppner Inc.; Dan Severson, Dan Severson Builders Inc.

The National Directors will be: Joe Weis, Weis Builders Inc.; David Kane, Widseth Smith Nolting ; Steve Buss, Cornerstone Builders & Real Estate, Inc.

Senior complex hires new executive

The Waters on Mayowoodrecently hired Carol Simonsas its director of health and well-being.

The Waters, a new, 175-unit, senior-living community located at Mayowood Road Southwest and 16th Street Southwest in Rochester, is under construction. It is expected to be completed in February with residents moving in on March 1.

Simons will oversee all nursing care and services. She has been a registered nurse and nurse administrator in the senior-living industry for more than 15 years with additional advanced experience in long-term care, emergency room care, psychiatric care, ICU and rural hospital nursing.


Simons recently was the director of nursing and acting administrator of Zumbrota Health Services, a long-term care and assisted-living subsidiary of St. Francis Health Systemsof Morris.

The community is owned by Minnetonka-based The Waters Senior Living.

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