Area briefs: Jodie Tvedt and Tracy Lauritzen elected to People's Energy Coop board

New members elected to People's Energy Cooperative board; Red Wing's First Choice Clinic opens office in Cannon Falls.

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ORONOCO — Jodie Tvedt of rural Byron and Tracy Lauritzen of Elba have won three-year terms on the People’s Energy Cooperative Board of Directors. Election results were announced March 25 during the coop's 84th annual meeting.

Five candidates vied for two seats. Tvedt defeated Tony Bauer of rural Hayfield with 1,286 votes to 1,114 votes for the District 2 seat. Lauritzen defeated Rick Hodny of Plainview and Eugene “Brent” McNallan of Plainview with 1,279 votes to Hodny's 419 votes and McNallan's 715 votes for the District 4 seat.

People's Energy Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative delivering electric power to its 19,000 consumer-members in Olmsted, Dodge, Fillmore, Mower, Wabasha, and Winona counties.

First Choice Clinic opens satellite office in Cannon Falls

CANNON FALLS — First Choice Clinic, formerly LifeChoice of Cannon Falls, opens Monday to provide a variety of pregnancy and parenting education, life skills classes, and support for those who have suffered sexual abuse as well as post-abortion support.

Located at 118 Fourth St. N., First Choice Clinic has been legally upgraded to be a medical clinic as a satellite of Red Wing's First Choice Clinic, and will offer pregnancy testing, limited OB ultrasounds, STD testing and treatment, lactation and breastfeeding consults, and postpartum depression assistance. In addition, the clinic will offer outreach programs in the local schools. A network of community partners will take referrals for services not offered.


The clinic’s hours will be from 1-4 p.m. Mondays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. All services are provided to women and men by licensed, trained staff and are confidential and free of charge. Both clinic locations are under the medical oversight of Dr. Eric Poulin and compliance oversight Executive Director Rose Korabek.

For more information, call (651) 267-4357, email or visit .

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