A nonprofit recently opened a Rochester office to offer free financial counseling.

LSS Financial Counseling, an arm of Lutheran Social Services, opened up shop in the United Way of Olmsted County building, at 903 W. Center St., this past summer.

Cate Rysavy, senior director of financial services for LSS, said the group has been active in Rochester for more than two decades, but it always was done remotely by phone or Skype. LSS has 10 Minnesota offices and one in Wisconsin.

"For years, Rochester has been the No. 1 location where people would ask for a face-to-face appointment, but we didn't have an office," Rysavy said about the decision to open here.

The office, staffed by counselor Chad Larimer, will provide services and advice to help people deal with credit card debt, student loans, housing issues, money management, financial literacy and more.

Rysavy says this kind of information is important for anyone struggling with money problems. She points out "financial stress" was named as one of Olmsted County's top five priorities in the community health needs assessment report in 2016 and in 2013.

The goal for the first year is to serve 700 area families and individuals, she added.

LSS Financial Counseling is hosting an open house at the Rochester office from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 29 to introduce the community to the services available and to the staff.

For more information visit www.conqueryourdebt.org.

Business and professional notes

• Architect Von Petersen is taking over the top position in TSP Inc.'s Rochester office.

Petersen, who joined TSP in 2010, will oversee daily operations, direct the local team and maintain local relationships.

He replaces Steven Sorensen, who retired as a full-time architect on Sept. 30 and now provides mentoring, technical assistance and maintaining client relationships on a part-time basis. He moved to Rochester and joined the Architectural Design Group in 1970. As ADG president, he merged that firm with TSP in 1988.

TSP is a full-service architectural, engineering and planning firm, which has operated in Rochester since 1969.

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