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    September 1-15, 2019
    BerganKDV advisor earns certification
    St. Cloud Wealth Advisor Becca Oelrich has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Read more.

    Stearns Bank named 2019 Best Bank to Work For
    Stearns Bank was named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2019 by American Banker magazine. 
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    CentraCare hires new leadership
    Mike Blaire will join CentraCare Health as senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective September 30, 2019. Read more.

    BerganKDV promotes 28 staff members
    BerganKDV recently promoted 28 staff members across seven locations. St. Cloud staff members include: Jon Ringquist to audit senior; Ben Stalpes to audit manager; and Christina Wordes to senior manager. Read more.

    August 16-31, 2019
    CommunityGiving approves 2019/2020 board members
    CommunityGiving elected Laura Helmer and Steve Laraway to their 2019/2020 Board of Directors. Read more.

    August 1-15, 2019
    CentraCare - St. Cloud Hospital ranked top hospital
    The U.S. News & World Report ranked CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital as one of 57 hospitals in the nation with strong ratings in the handling of nine surgical procedures and chronic conditions. Read more.
    CentraCare - St. Cloud Hospital ranked top hospital
    The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation raised $340,000 at their annual Dancing with Our Stars event. Dollars raised will positively impact women and girls in our community. Read more.
    New technology offered at The Vein Center
    The Vein Center Laser Treatment & MedSpa is the first in the state to offer the Venclose Radiofrequency System. This innovative technology is more expedient, economical and easier to navigate intravenously. 
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    Brenny Transportation Director earns safety award
    Jeff Muzik, Safety Director at Brenny Transportation, Inc., was presented the Safety Professional of the Year Award by the Minnesota Trucking Association. 
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    AT&T expands retail presence in St. Cloud
    AT&T opened a second store, located at 211 South 5th Ave., to meet the growing needs of their local customers.
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    July 16-30, 2019
    Central Minnesota Community Foundation elects board chair
    The Central Minnesota Community Foundation elected Debra Leigh, professor at St. Cloud State University, to serve as the new chairperson of the board of directors.

    PleasureLand RV Center earns honors
    PleasureLand RV Center earned the Flying W Dealer Excellence Award from Winnebago Industries.
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    BerganKDV 2019-20 Board of Directors elected
    BerganKDV board members took their seats effective July 1. The slate of officers for the coming fiscal year are: Board chair, Becky Morgan, Cedar Rapids, IA; Vice chair, Earl Edeburn, St. Cloud, MN; Secretary, Matt Mayer, Bloomington, MN; Treasurer, Dan Roling, Waterloo, IA.
    Loren Viere, St. Cloud, MN, stepped off and his seat was filled by Gene Garrelts, Omaha, NE.
    Other shareholders on the board are: Russ Sand, St. Cloud, MN, and Dave Richter, Waterloo, IA. 
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    July 1-15, 2019
    Laraway Financial grows advisory team
    Jennifer Lesmeister has completed her Series 7 & 66 to be a licensed and registered financial advisor. 
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    BerganKDV refocuses company brand
    BerganKDV is working to refocus the firm’s brand to better serve their clients. The result is an overhaul of the firm’s messaging, tagline and color scheme, with the launch of a rebranded website. Read more.
    CentraCare Correctional Care program receives award
    The CentraCare Correctional Care program in Stearns County received the Harold E. Hughes – Exceptional Rural Community Award. Read more.
    Robert’s Fine Jewelry passes ethic exam
    Robert K. Lien GG. CGA, Robert’s Fine Jewelry, passed the ethic exam with The American Society of Appraisers.

    Rajkowski Hansmeier Ltd. attorneys selected
    Rajkowski Hansmeier Ltd. Attorneys Gordon Hansmeier, Paul Rajkowski, Kevin Gray and Troy Poetz were selected for inclusion in the 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. Only the top 5% of lawyers in the state are named to this list.
    Central Minnesota Community Foundation awards grants
    The Central Minnesota Community Foundation awarded $140,000 to local programs through their two most recent grant rounds.  Read more.
    June 15-30, 2019
    BerganKDV employee selected for 40 under 40
    Matt Cosgriff, wealth management solution leader at BerganKDV, was selected as a member of the 2019 class of 40 under 40 by InvestmentNews publication. Read more.

    Bernie Perryman 2019 ATHENA Award recipient
    The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation selected Bernie Perryman, Batteries Plus Bulbs, as the 2019 ATHENA Award recipient. Read more.

    Schlenner Wenner & Co. promotes employees
    Schlenner Wenner & Co. named Allison Bardson as firm administrator, and Jill Hoffmann as chief financial officer.
    Stearns Electric employees reach safety milestone
    Stearns Electric Association employees have driven one million miles accident-free over the last 22 months.
    Read more.
    IIW elects Leapaldt to Board of Directors
    IIW, P.C. re-elected David Leapaldt to its board of directors. Read more.

    Stearns Bank recognized for high performance
    For the third year in a row, Stearns Bank has received nationwide recognition for high performance. American Banker magazine and Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) both ranked Stearns Bank in their top ten lists of high performers for 2019. Read more.
    BerganKDV Wealth Management, LLC ranked #27
    Accounting Today named BerganKDV Wealth Management, LLC as the 27th largest wealth management firm ranked by assets under management (AUM) for 2019 with $1,283,069,118 in assets. Read more.
    BerganKDV recruitment campaign earns national award
    The 2018 BerganKDV recruitment campaign received the Association for Accounting Marketing’s Marketing Achievement Award (AAM-MAA) in the Marketing and PR Campaigns category. Read more.
    BerganKDV promotes shareholders
    BerganKDV promoted Brian Aronson (Waterloo) and John Fossum (St. Cloud) to Shareholder. Read more.
    Sartell receives DEED grant
    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded Sartell with a $513,000 grant to be used for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and multi-family rental rehabilitation. 
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    June 1-14, 2019
    St. Cloud Financial Credit Union announces merger
    St. Cloud Financial Credit Union and Starcor Credit Union announced intent to merge their two organizations. The merger process has been pre-approved; final regulatory approval is anticipated in the coming months. 
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    Coran promoted at American Heritage National Bank
    American Heritage National Bank promoted Matt Coran to St. Cloud Market President of Business Banking.

    Cathedral High School to break ground on new building
    Cathedral High School has received approval to begin building a new academic building this summer. Groundbreaking will occur on August 11, with construction starting mid-August. Read more.
    Stearns Bank named 2019 Top 150 Workplace
    Star Tribune named Stearns Bank one of the state’s Top 150 Places to Work in 2019, based on employee surveys. Read more.
    Metro Bus rolls out new bus
    Metro Bus unveiled the newest bus in their fleet – bus #741 – with special graphics to celebrate 50 years of service. Graphics include a panoramic view of the Mississippi River which flows through their service area of Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud, Sartell and Waite Park. Read more.

    Brenny Transportation named 2019 Top 150 Workplace
    Star Tribune named Brenny Transportation one of the state’s Top 150 Places to Work in 2019, based on employee surveys.Read more.
    BerganKDV employee named 5 Star Professional
    Sam Rouman, wealth advisor and chief planning officer at BerganKDV, received the 2019 Five Star Wealth Management award. Read more.

    May 16-31, 2019
    Meyers elected Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers
    David Meyers, a shareholder with Rinke Noonan Attorneys at Law, has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
    Schrup named 2019 Community Caregiver
    Minnesota Physician medical business journal named Dr. Tom Schrup, MD at CentraCare Health, as a 2019 Community Caregiver. Read more.
    Metro Bus operator takes first at national bus competition
    Todd DeZurik, Dial-a-Ride Operator for Metro Bus, took first place at the 30th National Community Transportation Association of America Roadeo. 
    Marco purchases Accent Business Solutions
    Marco announced its acquisition of Accent Business Solutions, a copier/printer company in Wisconsin. Read more.
    AIS Planning hires Noble
    Sarah Noble joined AIS Planning as an associate advisor.

    May 1-15, 2019
    InteleCONNECT, Inc. hires project manager
    Patrick Hollermann recently joined InteleCONNECT, Inc. as the new project manager.

    Rinke Noonan elects shareholder
    Rinke Noonan Law Firm elected Alex Mastellar as shareholder.
    Home Instead Senior Care receives CAREGiver of the Year
    Home Instead Senior Care named Barb Hoffman the 2019 North American CAREGiver of the Year. Read more.

    Stearns Electric wins National Communication Awards
    Stearns Electric Association’s communication and marketing team was recognized with two gold awards of excellence in industry communication. Read more.

    Mortenson joins Kensington Bank
    Tracy Mortenson joined Kensington Bank as a mortgage lender.

    April 1-12, 2019
    BerganKDV takes the Women Lead Change Epic Corporate Challenge
    BerganKDV has taken the Women Lead Change Epic Corporate Challenge by committing to increasing the percentage of women among the top 10 percent of the company’s senior positions and monitoring pay by gender and addressing gaps as they are discovered. Read more.
    St. Cloud hotel named best of AmericInn
    The AmericInn by Wyndham St. Cloud was awarded the annual “Best of AmericInn”, which recognizes the brand’s top performing hotels and their staffs. Read more.
    BerganKDV ranked top 100 by Accounting Today
    BerganKDV was ranked in the top 100 firms as a regional leader by national news publication Accounting Today.
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    Stearns Electric employee receives Emerging Leader Award
    Stearns Electric Association director of communication and marketing Amanda Groethe was recently honored with the 2019 American Advertising Federation of Central Minnesota’s Emerging Leader Award. Read more.

    Metro Bus Announces new CEO
    Metro Bus appointed Dave Green as the new Chief Operating Officer.
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    March 16-30, 2019
    Dickey joins St. Cloud Federal Credit Union
    Vonda Dickey joined the St. Cloud Federal Credit Union as the newest addition to their senior leadership team.
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    CentraCare Health directors selected for leadership awards
    Katy Kirchner and Kay Greenlee were selected as TRUST 2019 Forum Award winners for their roles in providing leadership excellence in health care. Read more.

    March 1 - 15, 2019
    Stearns Bank names new CEO
    Kelly Skalicky was named CEO of Stearns Bank after one year as president of the company. Read more.
    CentraCare Doctors receive Caduceus Award
    CentraCare Health physicians, Merryn Jolkovsky, MD, and Patrick Lalley, MD, received the 2018 Caduceus Award. Read more.
    New philanthropic partnership for CommunityGiving
    The Community Foundation for Carver County has joined CommunityGiving as an affiliate foundation. Read more.
    Felix joins St. Cloud Financial Credit Union
    Robert Felix has joined the St. Cloud Federal Credit Union as a financial advisor. Read more.

    Tjaden named Family Physician of the Year
    Kimberly Tjaden, MD, was selected by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians as the 2019 Family Physician of the Year. Read more.

    New employees join Rajkowski Hansmeier
    Paul Storm and Jessica Thyen joined Rajkowski Hansmeier as associate attorneys.
    Rotochopper, Inc. appoints new CEO
    Tosh Brinkerhoff was named the new chief executive officer of Rotochopper, Inc.  Read more.

    February 4 - 28, 2019
    Paramount Center for the Arts receives Gorecki gift
    Dorothy Gorecki and her late husband, Benedict Gorecki, donated two million dollars to the Paramount Center for the Arts to support the arts and the community.  Read more.

    CentraCare Clearwater Travel Plaza raises money for community health
    Since 2009, the Clearwater Travel Plaza in Clearwater has raised over $200,000 for the Coborn Cancer Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  Read more.
    St. Cloud Technical & Community College instructor recognized
    Dan Kvaal, civil/highway technician instructor at St. Cloud Technical & Community College, was recognized with the Wm. Kelley Memorial Award by the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors. Read more.
    Gaslight Creative Recognized with advertising awards
    Gaslight Creative was recognized with eight awards at the 2019 American Advertising Awards Show. Read more.
    Schlenner Wenner & Co. accountant obtains CPA license
    James Fischer, tax accountant at Schlenner Wenner & Co., passed all four parts of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, and received his CPA license.

    January 21 - February 1, 2019
    Marco expands in Wisconsin
    Marco purchased Enterprise Systems Group (ESG), a business IT services company headquartered in Little Chute, WI.  Read more.
    Rinke Noonan hires new employees
    Rinke Noonan Attorneys at Law hired Eric Zumbach and Caleb Rannow as attorneys.
    Schepers joins Tri-County Abstract
    Mary Jo Schepers joined Tri-County Abstract & Title Guaranty as an escrow closer.

    Fresh Coat Painters recognized for community support
    Fresh Coat Painting was recognized as community partners donating their painting time to local organizations Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota and Catholic Charities.
    St. Cloud Chamber President recognized by MCCE
    St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce President Teresa Bohnen was recognized by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives for her leadership as a two-term member of the MCCE board of directors. Read more.

    Regan joins The Vein Center Laser Treatment & MedSpa
    Avita Regan joined The Vein Center Laser Treatment & MedSpa as a licensed esthetician and laser technician. Read more.

    State Senator Relph earns Guardian of Small Business award
    Senator Jerry Relph was awarded the Guardian of Small Business award by NFIB, Minnesota’s largest small-business group in terms of entities. Read more.
    Kramer recognized as top LPL financial advisor
    James Kramer III, an independent LPL Financial advisor at Kramer Financial in Saint Cloud, was recognized for his inclusion in the LPL Patriot’s Club for the sixth consecutive year.

    January 1 - 18, 2019
    Rengel Printing announces acquisition
    Rengel Printing announced its acquisition with Continental Press, beginning in 2019. Read more.

    Rotochopper hires new employees
    Rotochopper announces several new hires: Josh Gladis joined as an engineering manager; Greg Person joined the purchasing team; Jack Klemek, Jed Scheierl Jakob Klob & Aaron Vowles joined as fabricator/welders; Andy Bulson joined as an account sales representative; and Nicole Klein joined as the marketing manager.        
    STa-FIT hires new employee
    STa-FIT Health Clubs hired Rachel Lolmasteymaugh as the Director of Community Engagement, effective January 1, 2019.
    Central Minnesota Community Foundation announces grant recipients
    The Women’s Fund and Julianne Williams Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $78,850 to twelve area organizations focusing on improving the lives or women and girls in central Minnesota. Read more.
    December 1 - 31, 2018
    Heartland Glass increases staff
    Heartland Glass Company hired Ron Traut as a project manager and Dan Heiser as a shop supervisor. 
    Read more about Ron Traut                Read more about Dan Heiser
    Get Home Inspections increases staff
    Robb Ksiazek, Certified Home Inspector and Licensed Radon Measurement Professional, has joined the growing team at St. Cloud-based Get Home Inspections. 

    Marco receives HPE Platinum status
    Marco became a Platinum Partner with HPE, the highest level of designation. Read more.
    Brenny Transportation, Inc. named Top 50
    Brenny Transportation, Inc., was named Top 50 companies for women to work for in transportation. Read more.

    CentraCare Health receives technology awards
    St. Cloud Hospital was named the Healthcare Most Wired recipient and the winner of the Nonprofit or Government for the Cyber Security Awareness Program Excellence Awards. Read more.
    Two join Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees
    St. Cloud State President Robbyn Wacker and CentraCare Health’s Santo Cruz were appointed to the Initiative Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Read more.
    Stearns Electric contributes to local organizations
    Stearns Electric’s Operation Round Up Program contributed $61,950 to area organizations during its November meeting. Read more.

    CentraCare Health Foundation’s Holly Ball sets a record
    The CentraCare Health Foundation presented the 44th annual Holly Ball with more than 2,000 guests in attendance. A record-breaking amount of nearly $840,000 was raised. Read more.
    Morgan named as BerganKDV chairwoman
    BerganKDV’s board of directors elected Becky Morgan as chairwoman.Read more.

    Reisinger joins Bremer Bank
    Eric Reisinger joined Bremer Bank as a business banker. Read more.

    NEXT – Chamber’s Emerging Leaders recognized by Mayor Kleis
    NEXT – Chamber’s Emerging Leaders received the 2018 Reflection of the Year Award, presented by St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis at his annual appreciation social. Read more.

    November 19 - 30, 2018
    Good Shepherd receives McKnight’s Skilled Tech Care award
    The Good Shepherd Community received the Silver Award in the High Tech/High Touch category for their Anytime Dining Program. Read more.

    IIW Minnesota named best place to work
    IIW Minnesota was named among the “Best Firms to Work For” in the industry by the Zweig Group. Read more.
    APH’s Tim Feddema recognized
    Tim Feddema, the marketing manager at Automotive Parts Headquarters Inc. (APH) was recognized with Northwood University’s Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award. Read more.
    Brenny Specialized receives Innovation Award
    The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation announced the recipients of their 2018 Innovation Awards. Brenny Specialized, Inc. received the for-profit established company award for creating their own Young Driver Training/Apprentice Program. Read more.

    Rau named “Driver of the Year”
    Jeff Rau, Brenny Specialized, Inc., was named “Driver of the Year” by the National Association of Small Trucking Companies. Read more.
    Residence Inn Opens in Waite Park
    The 100-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Waite Park is now open for business. Read more.
    November 1 - 16, 2018
    PleasureLand RV Center Honored with “Blue Ribbon” Award
    PleasureLand RV Center was named one of North America’s “2018 RV Business Top 50 Dealer Award” and was chosen as one of five “Blue Ribbon” awardees. Read more.
    Marco acquires Phillips Office Solutions
    Marco announced its acquisition of East Coast leader Phillips Office Solutions. Read more.

    St. Cloud Federal Credit Union Sponsors ChangeMaker Awards Ceremony
    St. Cloud Federal Credit Union partnered with St. Cloud Times to sponsor and host a community recognition program, ChangeMakers: Giving back to those who make a difference. Read more.

    Kroska, Agc Agency Inc., receives certification
    Mark Kroska, a senior infrastructure architect at AGC Agency Inc., completed a CyberSecurity and Privacy Law certificate program at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN. 
    CentraCare recognized for clinical excellence
    CentraCare was recognized for its clinical excellence at UCare’s “A Salute to Excellence” event for improving the health of UCare members. Read more.

    St. Cloud Hospital nurse receives National Nursing Award
    Colleen Porwoll, St. Cloud Hospital, earned the annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in Patient Flow for her commitment to making sure patients receive the right care at the right time. Read more.

    St. Cloud Orthopedics opens new clinic
    St. Cloud orthopedics opened their second state-of-the-art clinic in south St. Cloud on Roosevelt Road.
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    October 15 - 31, 2018

    Marco Purchases ETC ComputerLand
    Marco purchased ETC ComputerLand, a business IT services company in Quincy, Illinois.
    Rapp Joins BerganKDV
    Josh Rapp joined BerganKDV as a retirement plan advisor.
    Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center Earns Accreditation
    Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center earned accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance. Read more.

    Metro Bus Driver named Minnesota Bus Operator of the Year
    Bob Braegelmann, a fixed route operator with Metro Bus, received the Minnesota Bus Operator of the Year award.  Read more.

    The Good Shepherd Community thanks current and welcomes new CEO
    Bruce Glanzer, CEO/President of The Good Shepherd Community, will retire January 11, 2019. Mike Stordahl will join them as the new CEO/President. Read more.
    AT&T opens authorized retailer store in St. Cloud
    AT&T opened a new authorized retailer store in St. Cloud on West Division Street. Read more.

    Brenny Transportation, Inc. Names New Vice President
    Brenny Transportation, Inc. named Bonnie Supan as the new vice president of finance and operations.
    Read more.

    St. Cloud Hospital Receives RAMP Grant
    The St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health unit received a nearly $1 million grant to fund the Rural Access to Mental Health Providers (RAMP) project. Read more.

    St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Receives Award
    The St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau received the “Makes a Difference” award at the annual Associations North Leadership Conference. Read more.

    Photo, left to right: Erin Statz (CVB), Angela Kisskeys (Associations North), Rachel Thompson (CVB), Megan Diaz (Minneapolis Northwest CVB), Sarah Ruzek (Associations North), Dave Looby (Minneapolis Northwest CVB)

    Metro Bus Commission approves pilot on-demand ride service
    Metro Bus Commission approved the pilot of ConneX, a new on-demand ride service. Read more.
    Xcel Energy recognized among world’s best employers by Forbes magazine
    Xcel Energy was recognized on Forbes Global 2000 list of World’s Best Employers for the second year in a row.
    Read more. 
    Anderson Trucking Service International helps rebuild Puerto Rico
    Anderson Trucking Service International (ATSI) announced the arrival of its 3,000th load in a 13-month-long effort to rebuild Puerto Rico. Read more.

    October 1 - 12, 2018
    St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center Receives Comprehensive Certification
    The CentraCare Neurosciences Stroke Center at the St. Cloud Hospital was awarded certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.  Read more.
    St. Cloud Federal Credit Union Announces New Location
    St. Cloud Federal Credit Union will open a new branch location in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota in the spring of 2019. Read more.
    BerganKDV Merges with HSMC Orizon
    BerganKDV merged with HSMC Orizon, adding six new partners and 45 employees to the firm. Read more.
    Jim Schlenner Receives Alumni Achievement Award
    Jim Schlenner, Schlenner Wenner, was one of three recipients to receive the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award from Southwest Minnesota State University.  Read more.

    Ken Holmen Elected to MPR Board of Trustees
    President and CEO of CentraCare Health, Kenneth “Ken” Holmen, M.D., was elected to the Minnesota Public Radio board of trustees. Read more.

    CentraCare Health and Coborn’s, Inc. Add quickClinics
    Coborn’s, Inc., and CentraCare Health have expanded their partnership to provide quickClinics inside of the Sauk Centre and Sartell Coborn’s grocery stores. Read more.
    Gray Plant Mooty Hires New Employees
    Alyssa Brandvold, Amy Fiecke, and Jon Hodge joined Gray Plant Mooty as associate attorneys. Read more.
    St. Cloud Federal Credit Union Participates in Community Day of Giving
    The St. Cloud Federal Credit Union closed on Columbus Day to participate in its fourth annual Community Day of giving. Nearly 60 employees donated their time to four local non-profit organizations. Read more.

    September 14 - 28, 2018
    Bjerke Wins National Philanthropy Award

    Nicole Bjerke, CentraCare Health-Long Prairie, has been included in the inaugural Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Forty Under 40 list.  Read more
    BerganKDV Names St. Cloud Market Leaders
    BerganKDV named Russ Sand as Market Leader and Matt Lovitz as Sales Leader for the St. Cloud market. Read more
    ATS Recognized with Industry Service Awards
    Anderson Trucking Service, Inc. (ATS) was awarded two 2018 Quest for Quality Awards by leading industry publication Logistics Management.  Read more
    Brenny Specialized, Inc. Wins Fleet Safety Award
    Brenny Specialized, Inc. was added to the 2018 Fleet Safety Award winners by the Minnesota Trucking Association.  Read more

    Stearns Bank Breaking Ground on Expansion
    Stearns Bank broke ground on an 11,000-square-foot addition to its Equipment Finance Division in Albany, MN.
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    Anderson Joins Paramount Center for the Arts
    Solveig Anderson joined the Paramount Center for the Arts as the new Director of Education and Outreach.
    Read more.
    BankVista Named Lender of the Year
    BankVista was recognized as a leader for small business lending by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
    Read more.
    PAM’s Auto Receives Business Management Certification
    PAM’s Auto received the ISO 9000 Business Management Certification. Read more.
    Krump Qualifies for San Francisco Convention
    Independent insurance agent Deborah Krump, Aflac, will attend Aflac’s 2018 National Convention, having earned her spot by selling over $25,000 in annualized premium of supplemental insurance between 11/11/2017 and 8/10/2018.  Read more.

    St. Cloud VA Proclaimed a “Yellow Ribbon Company”
    The St. Cloud VA Health Care System was proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon Company by the State of Minnesota. Read more.

    August 1 - 24, 2018
    Mathew Hall Lumber Company Names New President

    Al Stern was named the new President of Mathew Hall Lumber Company. Read more
    Proviant Group adds principals
    Financial advisors Josh Nelson, April Diederich, Jamie O’Rourke and Regan Johnson have joined the leadership team at Proviant Group as principals.
    Putnam Joins The Write Advantage
    Codi Putnam joined The Write Advantage as the Director of Finance.
    Kruchten Earns Circle of Success Award
    Patrick J. Kruchten, Proviant Group, was awarded the Ameriprise Financial Services Circle of Success status, joining less than seven percent of Ameriprise advisors who have earned this distinction.
    Grochow Joins Central Minnesota Community Foundation
    Kathy Grochow joined Central Minnesota Community Foundation as the new Director of Community Programs. Read more

    St. Cloud Hospital Earns Top Ranking
    The St. Cloud Hospital was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of only 29 hospitals in the nation with strong ratings in the handling of two chronic conditions and seven surgical procedures. Read more

    Microbiologics Appoints Director of Business Development
    Microbiologics, Inc. appointed Mark Ellingson as Director of Business Development. Read more
    Dickinson Joins Regional Diagnostic Radiology
    Physician James Dickinson joined Regional Diagnostic Radiology in July 2018. Read more

    Traut Recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters
    Mark Traut, Traut Companies, Inc., was recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters for his many years of support and sponsorship. Read more

    ​July 24-31, 2018
    Metro Bus Drivers Take Top Honors at State Competition

    Metro Bus Dial-a-Ride operators Todd DeZurik and Chris Osmek took first and sixth in the small bus division at the Minnesota Bus Roadeo. DeZurik also placed first at the state level.  Read more
    MCI Carpet One Acquisition
    MCI Carpet One purchased Floor to Ceiling store in Mankato, MN.
    Spirit 92.9 Selected as CMB Award Finalist
    Spirit 92.9 was selected as a Christian Music Broadcasters Station of the Year Awards Finalist.

    July 3 - 13, 2018
    PleasureLand RV Center Purchases Northview Campers
    PleasureLand RV Center Purchases Northview Campers in South Dakota, its seventh location. Read more
    Marco Purchases Contracts and Clients
    Marco purchased the copier contracts and client base of Rudzianski’s Business Equipment. Read more
    Wayne Receives District Award of Merit
    Chris Wayne, Laraway Financial Advisors, Inc. Vice President, received the Boy Scouts of America Central Minnesota Council District Award of Merit. Read more

    Metro Bus Driver Placed Among Best in Nation
    Todd DeZurik, Dial-a-Ride Operator for Metro Bus, placed third at the 2018 National Community Transit Roadeo. Read more

    Kvaas Joins Arvig Media
    David Kvaas joined Arvig Media as a media sales consultant.

    St. Cloud Hospital Recognized as Best for Heart Surgery
    The St. Cloud Hospital is the only hospital in the Midwest to earn top scores in open heart surgery, including heart bypass and aortic valve replacement, lists Consumer ReportsRead more

    June 11 - 29, 2018
    Three Bank Merger Takes Place
    Falcon National Bank, Community Pride Bank, and the State Bank of Richmond have merged together to create Falcon National Bank.  
    Kempenich Joins Falcon National Bank
    Rebecca Kempenich joined Falcon National Bank as the Vice President of Marketing.
    Loffler Companies Expands
    Loffler Companies have acquired Optimum Communications Corporation (OCC), expanding their IT solutions to central Minnesota. Read more
    Stearns Bank Named #1 Top Performing
    Stearns Bank has been named the top performing bank in the nation by the American Banker magazine.
    Nystrom Joins IIW Minnesota Team
    Mitchel Nystrom joined IIW Minnesota on the architectural team. Read more

    Hansen Invited to STEM Summit at the White House
    Kelly Hansen of Park Industries was invited to attend the first-of-its-kind State-Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Summit hosted by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Read more

    Brenny Specialized, Inc. Receives Safety Award
    Brenny Specialized, Inc., a division of Brenny Transportation, Inc., was awarded their second Great West Platinum National Safety Award. Read more

    Nixon, Brenny Specialized, Inc., Named Technician of the Month
    Clay Nixon, Brenny Specialized, Inc., a division of Brenny Transportation, Inc., was named the May 2018 Technician of the Month for Minnesota Trucking Association. Read more

    Marco Named Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota
    Marco ranked 27th in the Star Tribune’s Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota.
    Stearns Electric Association Selects New CEO
    Stearns Electric Association Board of Directors selected Robin Doege to succeed Dave Gruenes as their next CEO beginning August 13. Read more

    Rice Companies Purchases Gosewisch Construction
    Rice Companies purchased Mankato-based Gosewisch Construction. Read more
    Stearns Bank Named 100 Best Companies to Work For
    Stearns Bank took Best in Class for Large Companies at Minnesota Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For annual event.

    May 15 - 25, 2018
    Leapaldt Elected to Board of Directors
    IIW, P.C. elected David Leapaldt to its Board of Directors.

    May 1 - 11, 2018
    St. Cloud Federal Credit Union Wins Philanthropy Award
    St. Cloud Federal Credit Union, partnered with Sartell High School and the Kiva Program, received The Simon Hellerman Philanthropy Award. St. Cloud Federal Credit Union has provided over eighty loans to fund high school student projects designed to better local lives and communities in thirty developing countries.  
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    Foster Earns Consultant Designation
    Kimberly Foster, Laraway Financial Advisors, Inc., earned the Chartered Financial Consultant designation from the American College of Financial Services.  Read more.

    New Employees Join Bergan KDV
    Cameryn Geiselhart joined BerganKDV in their St. Cloud location as a Payroll Processor, and Nick Erdmann joined the Bloomington Technology team as an Onsite Care Technician.
    Lesmeister Joins Laraway Financial
    Jennifer Lesmeister joined Laraway Financial as the Client Relations Coordinator. Read more.

    April 1 - April 20, 2018
    Quinlivan & Hughes Opens Monticello Office
    Quinlivan & Hughes announced today the opening of a new office in Monticello, Minnesota. The new office is located at 305 Cedar Street. Read more.
    New Employees Join BerganKDV
    Bonnie Gilbert has joined BerganKDV at their St. Cloud location as a Payroll Processor and Kelly Wait has joined the Bloomington team as an Audit Manager.  
    New Employees Join U.S. Bank
    Abby Legatt has been hired in the Mid-NE Minnesota Region as an Assistant Relationship Manager, and Caryn Stadther has been hired at the downtown St. Cloud location as a Treasury Management Deposits/Payments Consultant.

    Leighton Interactive Selected to Top 100
    Leighton Interactive was selected as one of the top 100 Minnesota Businesses to Work For in 2018. 
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    Bernick’s Employee Wins NBWA Contest
    David Ohnstad, lead route driver at Bernick’s, was selected by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) as the winner of the Share Your Story Contest. Read more.
    St. Cloud Hospital Designated in the Equality Index
    St. Cloud Hospital received the “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) in their Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Read more.

    Rushmeyer Joins Farmers & Merchants State Bank
    Luke Rushmeyer joined Farmers & Merchants State Bank as a Loan Officer at the Sauk Rapids location. 

    Essig Joins Stearns History Museum

    Carie Essig joined Stearns History Museum as the new Executive Director. Read more.
    Operation Round Up Contributes to 87 Local Organizations
    Stearns Electric Association’s Operation Round Up program contributed $48,900 to area organizations and charitable causes.  Read more.

    Stearns Bank Selected to 100 Best Companies
    Stearns Bank was selected by Minnesota Business Magazine as one of this year’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.
    Zook Receives Caduceus Award
    CentraCare Clinic family physician, Patrick Zook, MD, received the Caduceus Award for exhibiting exemplary humanitarian medical efforts. Read more.

    March 20 - March 30, 2018
    Tri-CAP Receives Best Practice Award
    Tri-CAP received two Minnesota Community Action Partnership’s (MinnCAP) Best and Promising Practice Awards for their pilot Vehicle Repair Program and Home Energy and Resource Advisor Program. These industry awards recognize Tri-CAP’s innovation in providing assistance to people living in poverty. Read more.

    Jepperson Named to Stearns Bank Board of Directors
    Mary Jepperson has been named to the Stearns Bank Board of Directors. Read more.
    New Employees join Rotochopper
    Rotochopper, Inc. welcomed six new employees to the team: Justin Blommer, Orvie Hagen and Chase Eiden as fabricators/welders. Bryan Ritt as a product specialist, Andrew Birr as a repair technician and Thomas Willing as a painter. 
    Coldwell Bankers Receive Distinction Awards
    Mike Schmitt and Scott M. Schmitt of Coldwell Banker Commercial Orion Real Estate were awarded the Circle of Distinction Award. Mike received the Silver Circle, and Scott received the Bronze Circle.
    Cuperus Elected as Minnesota Chiropractic Association President
    The Minnesota Chiropractic Association elected Dr Sara Cuperus to the office of President for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Cuperus owns Chiropractic Performance Center in Sartell.

    Shand Joins Chiropractic Performance Center
    Dr. Samantha Shand has joined the practice of Chiropractic Performance Center in Sartell as an associate Doctor of Chiropractic.

    March 2 - March 16, 2018
    Schatz Receives STEP Award
    Joan Schatz, Co-President of Park Industries, was 1 of 130 honorees selected across America to receive the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award for excellence in manufacturing. Read more

    Lunning Receives Tourism Award
    Julie Lunning, executive director of Visit St. Cloud, was named “Outstanding Individual in Tourism” for her long-term work on behalf of the Minnesota tourism industry. Read more

    Quinlivan & Hughes Hires Attorneys
    Quinlivan & Hughes hired Chad Staul and Michelle Draewell as attorneys on the Q&H Employment Insurance Defense Teams. Read more

    PleasureLand RV Center Named to Top 50
    RVBusiness magazine recently named PleasureLand RV Center as one of its 2017 Top 50 RV Dealers in North America. They have received this award each year since its inception. Read more

    Hinkemeyer Elected to Board of Trustees
    The Minnesota Optometric Association elected Dr. Stacy Hinkemeyer, CEO of PineCone Vision Center, Sartell, to its board of trustees. Read more

    Laraway Recognized at Cambridge’s Premier Club
    Steve Laraway, an independent financial advisor with Laraway Financial Advisors, Inc. has been recognized at Cambridge’s Premier Club 2018. Read more

    Local Organizations Receive Certification
    The College of Saint Benedict, CentraCare Health, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, Ruff Start Rescue (RSR), WACOSA, St. Cloud Area School District 742 and United Way of Central Minnesota have each received certification as a Service Enterprise by the Points of Light Foundation. Each organization is the first of its kind to receive certification in Minnesota, and the College of Saint Benedict is the first college in the country to receive the certification. Read more

    Marco Purchases Governor Business Solutions
    Marco has purchased Governor Business Solutions, a leading Managed Print Services, wide format, copier, barcode and A/V solution provider in Michigan, expanding the coverage of Marco’s technical services across state lines. 
    Express Employment Professionals Earns Top Award
    Express Employment Professionals received the Circle of Excellence International award, a top honor, at the staffing firm’s 35th annual International Leadership Conference. Read more

    February 16 - February 23, 2018
    Skalicky named president of Stearns Bank
    Kelly Skalicky, daughter of Stearns CEO Norm Skalicky, was recently promoted to president of the organization. Kelly has provided legal counsel to Stearns for more than 20 years and has served as the general counsel for Stearns Bank for the past six years. Read more
    H&S Heating honored
    H&S Heating and Air Conditioning has been inducted into Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity's (CMHFH) Business Partner Hall of Fame for demonstrating a consistent, long-term interest in helping the organization reach its goals. H&S has partnered with CMHFH on about 25 homes and is a regular sponsor of Habitat fundraising events.  Read more

    Quinlivan & Hughes elects shareholder, board officers
    Quinlivan & Hughes has elected Cally Kjellberg-Nelson, previously a law clerk at Q&H, as a shareholder of the firm. Laura Moehrle has been elected to the board of directors as secretary. Dyan Ebert has again been named chief executive officer, the first woman to hold this position for Q&H. Steve Schwegman, shareholder since 1991, also joins as chief financial officer.  Read more

    New employees join Rotochopper
    Rotochopper, Inc. welcomed five new employees to the team: Paul Gapinski, Chase Eiden, and Orvie Hagen joined as fabricators/welders. Thomas Willing joined as a painter and Andrew Birr joined on the machine refurbishment team.

    Dave Hinnenkamp elected as BerganKDV CEO
    Dave Hinnenkamp, CPA, has been selected as BerganKDV’s chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2018. Hinnenkamp has been with the firm since 1984, becoming a partner in 1992. In 2002 he was responsible for the launch of BerganKDV Wealth Management, LLC as a startup entity.  Read more

    Kuschel joins advisory board                                                                            
    Brandon Kuschel, assistant branch manager of St. Cloud Federal Credit Union, was elected to MNCUN’s CREW Advisory Board. CREW is a group of young professionals (under 40) committed to strengthening and bringing awareness to the credit union movement. Read more

    Gaslight Creative receives awards
    Gaslight Creative took home 13 awards at the 2018 American Advertising Awards Show early this year. Among the 13 awards, they also received the People’s Choice award for their work for United Way of Central Minnesota. Read more

    Kramer Recognized by LPL Patriot’s Club
    James Kramer III, an independent LPL Financial advisor at Kramer Financial in Saint Cloud, was recently recognized for his inclusion in the LPL Patriot’s Club for his 5th consecutive year. This award is presented to less than 8% of the firm’s approximately 15,000 advisors nationwide.

    November 11 - November 21, 2017
    St. Cloud Hospital honored
    St. Cloud Hospital’s Inpatient Rehabilitation has been named a recipient of the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award. The award is given to organizations who have sustained the 95th percentile or higher for patient experience surveys and Press Ganey reports through each reporting period during the award year which was between May 2016-April 2017.  Read more
    The hospital also received recertification from The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® as a Primary Stroke Center. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Read more
    Bitz loins board of trustees
    Jessica Bitz, market president for Falcon National Bank, recently joined the Board of Trustees for the Initiative Foundation. As market president of Falcon National Bank in Foley, Bitz shares the Initiative Foundation's passion for helping small businesses thrive and grow. Read more
    Marco purchases IT company
    Marco recently purchased BusinessWare Solutions, an IT services and managed print company headquartered in Hutchinson, with locations in Owatonna, Willmar and Chanhassen.
    BusinessWare Solutions has been providing its clients with technology solutions since 1994. Its employees have joined the Marco team and will be serving clients from each of the existing markets. Read more
    Falcon Bank announces staff changes
    Falcon Leasing, a division of Falcon National Bank, recently hired Janelle Frank as the leasing sales coordinator. She brings 12 years of equipment leasing experience in sales and marketing.  Falcon Bank promoted Jennifer Volkmann to relationship banking supervisor. She has been with the bank for about two years. 

    October 30 - November 10, 2017
    Brainerd bank acquires Plaza Park Bank

    Plaza Park Bank, with branch locations in Waite Park and Sartell, is being acquired by Deerwood Bank in Brainerd. Plaza Park Bank opened in 1910 in Rockville. All of Plaza Park Bank’s 40 employees will join the Deerwood Bank team. Deerwood Bank was founded in 1910 and has full service locations in Baxter, Bemidji, Blackduck, Brainerd, Deerwood, Garrison, Grand Rapids, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, Northome, and St. Paul. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018.  Read more

    CentraCare Health Foundation receives grant
    The CentraCare Health Foundation received a $250,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust for the new Coborn Healing Center. Construction is underway on the new center with an estimated completion date of mid-2018. It will be located adjacent to the Coborn Cancer Center at the CentraCare Health Plaza. Once complete, the Coborn Healing Center will offer art and music therapy, support groups, spiritual well-being, fitness classes, integrative therapy (acupuncture, massage, healing touch) and an interactive kitchen/classroom.  Read more

    Area jewelers complete recertification
    Registered Jewelers Andy Alvord, Patricia Biendara, and Erin Bitzan, and Certified Gemologist Dick Bitzan, all of D.J. Bitzan Jewelers, have successfully completed the annual American Gem Society (AGS) recertification exam.  Read more

    Hendricks joins Premier Real Estate
    Wendy Hendricks recently joined the Premier Real Estate Services team.  A Minnesota licensed realtor and commercial consultant, Hendricks specializes in commercial real estate sales, leasing, and business brokerage. She is the owner of Hendricks Marketing and associate publisher of Business Central MagazineRead more

    October 3-26, 2017
    Esch joins Rinke Noonan
    Jayne Esch  recently joined the Rinke Noonan law firm. She is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and will focus her practice on Agricultural Law.

    Marco receives Fast 50 Award
    Marco was named a Fast 50 Company for the fourth year in a row by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.  Since 2012, Marco’s revenue has increased from $112 million to an estimated $315 million in 2017. The company has a 23 percent average compounded annual growth rate for the past five years.  Read more
    New members join foundation board
    The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) added four members to the board of directors: Jason Bernick, Bernick's; Mary Hinton, College of St. Benedict; Paul Thompson, Bremer; and Joanne Kudrna, Granite Equity Partners. CMCF also elected the following as officers: Steve Laraway, Laraway Financial Services, chair; Debra Leigh, St. Cloud State University, vice chair; John Herges, Falcon National Band, treasurer; and Dan Steil, Granite Community Bank, secretary. Read more

    St. Cloud Hospital receives national recognition
    St. Cloud Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Disease-Specific Care Certification in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety. Read more
    Beaver Island receives national award
    Beaver Island Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest-Marzen Lager was awarded a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.  Winners were chosen out of 7,923 competition entries from 2,217 breweries plus Washington, D.C.  This is the second award in two years for the Oktoberfest beer. Read more
    CentraCare Health nurses receive awards
    Melissa Fradette, Intensive Care Unit, was honored with the 2017 Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award by the March of Dimes. This is the second year in a row CentraCare has had a nurse win this prestigious award. In addition to Fradette, 17 CentraCare Health nurses were selected as finalists and four were category winners for the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards.  Read more

    October 2, 2017
    Marco receives award, purchases company in Missouri
    For the second year in a row, Marco received the “Triple Crown Award” from CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company. Forty North American solution providers had the necessary revenue, growth and technical expertise to be recognized on three of CRN’s solution provider lists, earning them the Triple Crown Award this year.  
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    Marco recently purchased Koestner Office Products, Inc. (KOPI), a copier/printer company based in Jefferson City, Missouri. This is the 17th acquisition the company has completed over the past three years. In addition to Jefferson City, they have three other locations in Missouri.  Read more 

    Stewart joins Kensington Bank
    Tim Stewart recently joined the team at Kensington Bank. Stewart is responsible for business development and marketing, and leading the bank’s retail teams in St. Cloud, Cokato, Kensington, and Herman.  He has a background in commercial and consumer banking.

    Wheelock among Top Wealth Advisors
    Brad Wheelock was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of ‘America’s Top Wealth Advisors’ for the second year.  The list, which included all firms, among all platforms, in all geographies included only three representatives from Minnesota.  Wheelock, a 30 year veteran, was the only out-state advisor to make the Forbes list.  He’s also been ranked among the top 1 percent of wealth advisors in the nation for the last nine years by Barron’s magazine, a Wall Street Journal publication.

    Falcon National Bank adds staff
    Falcon National Bank hired Joe Bahen as the vice president of finance. He brings 12 years of finance, accounting and audit experience to Falcon, most recently as director of financial planning and analysis with UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka.
    Derek Hemmer recently joined Falcon National Bank as a business banker with his primary office in Foley.  Hemmer brings 13 years of commercial lending experience in both the Minnesota and Colorado Markets. 

    Krump wins trip to Hawaii
    Independent insurance agent Deborah A. Krump, Waite Park, earned a trip to AFLAC’s 2017 National Convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Krump qualified for the October incentive by selling more than $245,000 annualized premium of supplemental insurance during AFLAC’s 39-week qualification period ending August 2017.  She is one of only nine Minnesota agents to secure the honor. Krump has qualified for the convention three times during her 14-year affiliation with AFLAC. Read more 

    Theis named to 50 for Next 50
    Robin Theis, administrator, housing and community services, St. Benedict’s Senior Community has been named to LeadingAge Minnesota’s 50 for the Next 50. The program recognizes innovative and influential leaders who are charting the course for the next wave of older adult services. The 50 for the Next 50 represent a broad array of professionals who work on behalf of older adults in senior living, adult day services, home care and skilled nursing as well as organizations that support long term services throughout Minnesota.  Read more 

    Initiative Foundation awards grants
    The Initiative Foundation and its Partner Funds awarded $753,744 in grants during the third quarter of 2017. Goodwill Industries, St. Cloud received $4,000 to support their financial services training program.  The eight-week, work-skills training program provides individuals with experience in the financial service, call-center and customer service fields. The program offers additional support to help participants obtain employment upon program completion.   Read more 

    September 18, 2017
    Nelson joins U. S. Bank
    Brandi Nelson joined the U. S. Bank Small Business Administration (SBA) Division in St. Cloud. As a business development officer, Nelson will provide SBA loans to a wide variety of small businesses in central and northern Minnesota. She brings 14 years of experience in business development, small business financing and retail banking to the organization.  Read more

    Stearns Bank recognized
    The Stearns Bank Equipment Finance Division, based in Albany, Minn., received the No. 27 ranking in Monitor Daily’s “Top Bank 50.” Rankings are determined by a financial institution’s net investment in equipment-related loans and leases. Earlier this year, Monitor Daily listed Stearns Bank as No. 47 of its “Top 100” list of the largest equipment finance/leasing companies in the United States.  Read more

    Crouse joins InteleCONNECT
    Katrina Crouse joined InteleCONNECT, Inc. as customer service coordinator.

    LaVigne joins St. Cloud Federal Credit Union
    Trina LaVigne joined St. Cloud Federal Credit Union as mortgage loan officer. Previously with Wells Fargo, she brings nearly 20 years of experience in the banking and mortgage industry.

    Anderson joins AIS Planning
    Sara Anderson joined AIS Planning as a client services associate. Anderson has 18 years of experience in the financial services industry and specializes in wealth management and retirement plan services.