January 1 -15, 2021

DeZURIK acquires Red Valve Company
DeZURIK, Inc. recently acquired Red Valve, a global leader for innovative elastomers, pinch valves, check valves and engineered mixing systems. 

Gruenke aides state water quality program
Water Treatment Manager Jim Gruenke, Traut Companies, is the new technical advisor to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Smart Salting Assessment Tool (SSAt) program. 

Vye named top agency for 2021
For the second year in a row, Chief Marketer named Vye a top 200 agency as part of the 2021 Chief Marketer 200 list. The CM200 is the industry’s only editorial listing of best-in-class brand engagement and activation agencies, the fastest-growing channels of marketing. 

Schlenner Wenner & Co. adds new partner
Schlenner Wenner & Co. added Brian Skluzacek as a partner of the firm, effective January 1. Skluzacek graduated from St. John’s University, specializes in audit, accounting and consulting services, and brings over ten years of experience to the firm.

Falcon National Bank promotes staff
Falcon National Bank promoted Kourtney Piepenburg to Chief Digital Office and Rebecca Kempenich to Chief Marketing Office. 

CMCF Women’s Fund grants $74K to local programs
The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation awarded $74,405 to 13 area organizations, all focused on improving the lives of women and girls in central Minnesota. Recipients included Chamber members Anna Marie’s Alliance, GREAT Theatre, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota, Career Solutions, Girl Scouts of MN & WI Lakes & Pines, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota.