Catherine Downey has been hired as the new general manager for Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-Op. She has been at the co-op since 1994 in business roles ranging from cashier to operations manager, and has been the interim general manager since March.

Gateway Bank, with offices at 745 Market St. in Mendota Heights as well as in Edina, recently made a $2,000 donation to Sheridan Story, a Twin Cities nonprofit organization that aids in the distribution of food to low-income households whose children are not in school and benefiting from subsidized school lunch and breakfast programs. Sheridan Story works with 31 school districts in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Since the Coronavirus pandemic began in the U.S., it has distributed more than 1 million meals. The donation from Gateway represents $25 for every new checking or savings account opened at the bank in July and August.

Medica will open a new business office next year in the Wilder Foundation building at 451 N. Lexington Pkwy. The Minnetonka-based nonprofit health insurance provider is now hiring staff for its call center and claims operations there. “At Medica, we’re deeply committed to ensuring that opportunities for improved health and employment are available to the diverse population we are privileged to serve,” said Medica president and CEO John Naylor. As part of that strategy, Medica is exploring new partnerships with the Wilder Foundation and other local organizations to promote the health and economic stability of the Midway area, according to Medica spokesperson Keely Brenno.


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