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• Del Mari Runck, chief operating officer and director at Neighborhood National Bank in Alexandria and Minnesota Bankers Association board member, recently attended the association's annual summit and 129th annual meeting at Madden's on Gull Lake in Brainerd. The Minnesota Bankers Association represents 95 percent of Minnesota's chartered banks.

• Todd Jensen, with Farmers Insurance-Todd Jensen Agency in Alexandria, recently attended a week at University of Farmers in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jensen has purchased a second Farmers Insurance Agency in Rice. The training at University of Farmers focused on owning and operating an agency.

• Two lawyers at Swenson Lervick Law Firm in Alexandria recently received honors. Tom Jacobson, a labor and employment law specialist, was named to the 2018 Minnesota Employment and Labor Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the Super Lawyers' research team to receive this honor. This is the third time Jacobson has made this list. For the second time, Mike Cass was named to the 2018 Minnesota Estate Planning and Probate Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor. The Super Lawyers rating service is based on a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

• Viking Bank of Alexandria has announced a top hire and a promotion. Mark Grandgenett has come on board as its new president. Originally from Iowa, he graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato and has spent 30 years in the banking industry, most recently with Bremer Bank in Alexandria. Shari Laven, who had served as president since 2001, has been promoted to CEO. She joined Viking Bank in 1985, starting as a teller.

• Dilley Zimny Insurance has changed its name to Zimny Insurance Agency. The agency will continue to be owned and operated under the leadership of Anthony Zimny with the ongoing support of its seven team members. The agency is at 1103 Broadway Street. It offers home, auto, business, group benefits, long-term care and risk management services. The agency has been a part of the Alexandria community since 1969.

• SERVPRO of Douglas & Otter Tail Counties received the President's Silver award at the recent SERVPRO convention at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. Trevor R. Rossum of SERVPRO of Douglas & Otter Tail Counties and other high-performing franchisees were recognized during the annual event, which was attended by nearly 3,000 owners, key staff, and corporate representatives.

• Sanford Health has welcomed a new family medicine physician. Dr. Jeffrey Lipke received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. He specializes in family medicine at Sanford Health Broadway Clinic, 1527 Broadway St., Alexandria.

• Chelsy Ness has joined the marketing team at Widseth Smith Nolting in Alexandria. The Ashby native recently graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor of Science in advertising and public relations. She also graduated with minors in mass communications and media analysis. As marketing specialist, she will be responsible for developing proposals, collateral materials, news releases and social media content. Widseth Smith Nolting provides engineering, architecture, land surveying and environmental services with eight offices in Minnesota and North Dakota.

• Miracle Ear announced that Kate VanderWeyst has passed her certification exam to become a certified hearing instrument dispenser, having demonstrated competency in evaluating the needs of consumers with hearing loss and helping them select and use appropriate hearing technology. VanderWeyst, who lives in Evansville, has more than 10 years of experience related to medical equipment sales and service.

• American Solutions for Business in Glenwood has hired Dana Zezzo as vice president of marketing and vendor relations. Zezzo was most recently vice president of sales and marketing at Imagen Brands, and has served as chief marketing officer at Jetline Promo and vice president of Sales at ProTowels. American, founded in 1981, is employee-owned and distributes print, promotional products, marketing collateral, fulfillment and more.

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