PEOPLE COLUMN Albert Lea

THERESA FORMAN, branch operations manager for FBS Mortgage, a subsidiary of First Bank System, recently received one of First Bank System's Five Star Performance Gold Awards.

JOLENE DILLEMUTH, associate general manager at the Days Inn of Albert Lea, and DONNA JOHNSON, food and beverage director, recently attended the Days Inn Conference in Dallas. At the convention, Days Inns of America announced the Days Inns Family Travel Club, Flintstones Family Travel Fun and the Sunburst rating system for all of its hotels. The Flintstone Family Travel Fun program gives patrons with the family room rate a free Flintstone Fun Days Travel Packs for the children, the largest available room at check-in and special merchandising offers. The Family Travel Club offers benefits to every member of the family. The new rating system is based on Days Inns rigid quality assurance inspections that will appear in the 1994 Spring Days Inn International Directory. La Crosse, Wis., area

LU ELLA KERSKA of La Crosse recently joined River Insurance Services, Inc. Kerska specializes in personal and commercial property and casualty insurance for River Insurance Services and has more than 22 years of experience. River Insurance Services, Inc. is a locally owned independent insurance agency located in the River Bank Building at 4401 Mormon Coulee Road in La Crosse. Manchester

COLIN MINEHART, owner of the Main Street Bar and Grill, recently was named 1993 retailer of the year by the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association. The award recognizes years in business, commmunity activity and activity in MBLA. Minehart has been in the restaurant/bar business for 10 years. Mankato

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ALLEN V. LANDGRAFF, CPA and RANDY E. MILBRETT, CPA recently attended the 39th annual tax conference. The two-day conference was sponsored by the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. SUZANNE HEWITT also attended the 1040 Workshop: Analyzing the Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993.'' All three are employed at Landgraff, Milbrett &; Otto, Ltd. located in Mankato's Heco Building.

Red Wing

MURIEL COPP, a recently retired Red Wing Technical College instructor, was recently named outstanding post-secondary business educator by the Southeast Minnesota Business Educators. Coop retired last spring after 36 years of teaching, 20 of which were at the college.

Rochester

WANDA PURDIE, a Mayo High School graduate, was recently selected as a new executive director of the Youth Employment Project, Inc. by the agency's board of directors. She replaces Mary Sorenson, who retired after nine years of service. Purdie receive her bachelor's degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and for the past five years, she has instructed and advised students in the Business and Office Division of Minnesota Riverland Technical College. Youth Employment Project serves the needs of young people in Olmsted County, ages 13-19, by providing the opportunity to work at paying jobs -- temporary or permanent -- encouraging youth to develop positive employment habits and skills.

NANCY BERNING of Rochester, Minn., recently opened a new business specializing in telecommunications consulting. She is available to work with small- to mid-size businesses to select new business telephone systems. She has about 15 years of telecommunications experience. Her phone number is (507) 281-3179.

KATHLEEN SCHATZBERG, dean of academic affairs at Rochester Community College, recently presented ``The Teaching of Developmental Reading and Writing in Community College Courses'' at the 83rd annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English in Pittsburgh. About 5,000 teachers and supervisors of elementary and sedcondary school English, college faculty in English and rhetoric, and teacher educators from all parts of the United States and Canada attended this year's NCTE convention. NCTE is a professional organization made up of more than 100,000 teachers and supervisors of English at all levels of education. Its aim is to improve the teaching of English and language arts in the nation's schools and colleges.

JAMES TISHER and BRIAN LUEDTKE are new associates of the Mark Paape Agency of Aid Association for Lutherans in Rochester. As AAL district representatives, Tisher and Luedtke serve Lutherans and their families in Rochester. AAL has about 2,200 personnel nationwide. It provides insurance to 1.6 million members in 8,459 nationwide groups. AAL is based in Appleton, Wis. Winona

The Winona County Chapter of the American Red Cross board of directors recently announced the appointment of three new directors and the election of new officers. The new board members are: RITA BANICKI, director of development, Watkins Home Foundation; ANDY BLOMSNESS, executive director, Winona YMCA; and STEVE PEDERSON, attorney, Plflughoeft, Pederson &; Johnsrud. The newly elected officers to the board are: LARRY OVERHAUG, Bay State Milling Co., chairman; BOB BROWN, Winona County Emergency Services, vice chairman; JANE KNOTHE, Community Memorial Hospital, secretary; and GENE GERRY, Winona Knitting Mills, treasurer. BRUCE A. LUND JR., Merchants National Bank-St. Charles, is the immediate past chairman. The executive director of the Winona County American Red Cross is Judy Chester. @et