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Audubon resident receives spirit award

Barb Voge, of Audubon, received the prestigious Spirit Award from Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS). The award honors employees who demonstrate outstanding commitment and dedication to the LSS vision and mission.

This year, 100 of the 2,300 employees at LSS were selected to receive the award. Voge serves in Counseling for LSS.

"LSS staff who win the coveted LSS Spirit Award are nominated by their peers and supervisors," explained Mark Peterson, LSS President and CEO. "The Spirit Award winners demonstrate the finest of LSS' values. I am delighted to be their colleague in this organization that is grounded in compassion and competence."

Spirit Award winners were honored and recognized at an awards luncheon at Salem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud on Aug. 20.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing. Today, LSS helps 100,000 Minnesotans each year live and work in the community with safety, dignity and hope.

Through a wide range of services statewide, LSS seeks to provide safe and supportive homes for children, counseling to restore health and wellness in families, community living for people with disabilities, and options that help seniors develop independence.