Leigha Gergen has joined the staff of the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission as office assistant. She is a recent graduate of Winona State University, where she received a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies.


Dollars and Cents, the independent store at Crossroads Shopping Center in Rochester, closed March 26 after a run of almost five years. Marilyn and Lonnie Oeltjen of Rochester owned the 7,300-square-foot store.


In February, the U.S. Department of Defense recognized Pace Electronics and its president, Patrick Deutsch, for supporting employee participation in the National Guard and Reserves. Pace has three employees in the National Guard, and two have served in Iraq. Employee Brent Afseth nominated Pace and Deutsch for the award. Pace Electronics is a national communication equipment company based in Rochester.



Neil Cassidy, coaching director for Rochester Youth Soccer Association, has been certified as a National "A" License Soccer Coach, the highest license in the United States.

Seven staff members of Workforce Development Inc., Rochester, have completed coursework for the Global Career Development Facilitator credential. Desirae Dyke, Julie Hurley, Chersten Keillor, Melissa Lewis, Jody Schaber, Gloria Schaefer and Jim Wernimont have earned the certification developed to provide standards, training and credentialing for providers of career services, employment and training programs. In the Austin office of Workforce Development, Amanda Mathews and Mike Miller have earned their GCDF credentials.

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