A Red Wing native is the newest pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing.

Amy Down, D.O., recently joined the team. She has special interests in infant care and breastfeeding.

“I really look forward to seeing children and getting to know their families - especially here in Red Wing,” Down said. “I grew up here and I look forward to watching my patients develop and grow in this wonderful community.”

Down graduated from high school in Red Wing, earned her undergraduate degree at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is board certified in pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

She most recently worked at Good Shepard Medical Center in Herminston, Ore.

• Greg Evans has been appointed Merchants Bank president/chief banking officer, according to the company.

“I am grateful, humbled, and excited for the opportunity,” Evans said. “I’m extremely proud of the strong community bank reputation we have achieved in Cannon Falls and Red Wing since Merchants acquired First National Bank in 2007. And it’s very gratifying to know that is not going to change just because my primary office is being relocated to Winona.”

Evans’ role will include providing direction and oversight to all 20 Merchants Bank locations.

• SisterSong Portrait Studio was selected in the photographers category for the 2013 Best of Red Wing award, given by the Red Wing Award Program.

Each year the program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success and enhance the image of small businesses through service to customers and the community.

Winners are determined based on information gathered internally by the program and data provided by third parties.

• Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical legal assistant careers instructor Mary Stoos was honored this fall with the Charlton H. Dietz and Bruce A. Beneke Outstanding Advocate Award.

She was nominated by two attorneys for her work with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, an organization that provides free legal assistance to low-income southern Minnesota residents. She is the organization’s voluntary attorney program coordinator.

“I was shocked, not only because I had been nominated and won, but that a ‘rural’ office was selected,” Stoos said. “This is the first time the award has been given to a non-metro area office.”

• Anytime Fitness was ranked No. 1 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Franchise 500 list.

“This designation as No. 1 is a credit to our fabulous franchisees,” Anytime Fitness CEO and co-founder Chuck Runyon said. “In addition to operating convenient and affordable gyms, our franchisees and their staffs provide our members with personal service that gets real results. That personal touch and high level of engagement is what differentiates Anytime Fitness from many other gyms and what has strengthened and grown our brand worldwide.”

• LARK Toys in Kellogg was named WCCO Viewers’ Choice for Minnesota’s Best Toy Store.

“LARK Toys, for us, is an extraordinary adventure. Our gifted staff (old and new), helpful reps and a diverse group of new and returning friends/visitors fill our days with vibrant energy,” Kathy and Ron Gray and Miranda, Scott, Gwendolyn and Murdock Gray-Burlingame said in a statement. “We love making toys that will last, ordering the best toys, games and books we can find, welcoming people from all over the world (and) working together as a family.”

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