June 15 – 30, 2021

Julie Lunning to be new Chamber president
The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce Julie Lunning as the new president of the Chamber of Commerce.  She will replace long-time president Teresa Bohnen who is retiring August 31.  Julie is currently the executive director of the Chamber’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, a position she has held since 1998.  She will assume the role of president September 1, 2021. You can learn more here.

Tommi Neuman celebrates 30 years of service with Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota
Tomni Neuman has been with Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota since 1991, celebrating 30 years of service in June.

Debra L. Leigh named 2021 ATHENA Award winner
Debra L. Leigh received the ATHENA award for her dedication to mentoring women in her career and as a community member. The ATHENA Award is a lifetime achievement award, hosted by the Women’s Fund of Central Minnesota Community Foundation, that recognizes exceptional and inspiring women leaders.

Stearns Bank acquires Productfy, South End Capital
Stearns Bank acquired South End Capital and Productfy in May and June 2021, respectively. Productfy is a technology banking service partnering with Stearns Bank to streamline banking technology. South End Capital will join Stearns Bank as a specialized division offering financing through an advanced online banking platform.
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Brenny Transportation named a Top 175 workplace in Minnesota
The Star Tribune named Brenny Transportation as a top workplace in Minnesota, published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section in June 2021. Read more.

Cold Spring Brewing Company earns Governor’s Safety Award
Cold Spring Brewing Company was recognized by the 2021 Virtual Minnesota Safety and Health Conference for excellence in workplace safety and health. Award applicants were judged on several years of injury data and progress in safety program implementation. Cold Spring Brewing Company was one of 221 employers to be honored through the awards program in May, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council.

SPIRE Credit Union honored in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2021 Best Places to Work
SPIRE Credit Union was selected as one of 70 businesses in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2021 Best Places to Work. Recognition was based on employee surveys evaluating management and communication. Read more.

Mahowald Insurance awarded Advisor Cornerstone Award for work with Granite Companies
Granite Partners announced that Mahowald Insurance is the recipient of the Advisor Cornerstone award. The award honors Mahowald Insurance’s contributions to Granite Companies employees’ overall health and wellbeing through improved employee benefits packages. Read more.

Women’s Fund Dancing with Our stars event raises over $389,000
The Women’s Fund’s annual Dancing with Our Stars fundraising event brought in $389,428.10 for local organizations benefitting women and girls in the St. Cloud area. The event featured a dance competition of local community members raising money their chosen charities. Read more.

DeZURIK earns Governor’s Safety Award
DeZURIK was recognized by the 2021 Virtual Minnesota Safety and Health Conference for excellence in workplace safety and health. Read more.

Marco donates $10,000 to nonprofits across 10 states
Marco celebrated a week of donating to nonprofit organizations and volunteerism and as part of their annual Great Give Back Week. Marco donated $10,000 to nonprofits and employees delivered flowerpots to senior citizens. Read more.

Central Minnesota Community Foundation announces Greta Stark-Kraker as Executive Director
Greta Stark-Kraker is the new Executive Director of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF). Stark-Kraker has been with CMCF for nearly 20 years and most recently served as director of donor relations.
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BerganKDV announces Dave Hinnenkamp to remain CEO for additional term
Dave Hinnenkamp will remain the CEO of BerganKDV for another three-year term. Hinnenkamp has been CEO of BerganKDV since July 2018. Read more.