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Benzinger qualifies for Circle of Success

Vic Benzinger, certified financial planner and a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC in Alexandria, has qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement at the 2023 Achievers Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

While at the conference, advisors will share best practices with peers and focus on how they can continue to serve clients’ needs with the most current and effective strategies, products, and solutions.

To earn this achievement, Benzinger established himself as one of the company’s top advisors. Only a select number of high-performing advisors earn this distinction.

Vic Benzinger

As a Private Wealth Advisor, Benzinger provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations and provided in one-on-one relationships with his clients. For more information, contact Benzinger at 320-762-8141, visit the Ameriprise office at 817 Broadway, Alexandria or visit their website

Arvig fiber network surpasses goal

The Arvig fiber network has surpassed a major growth milestone, the company announced recently. It has now constructed more than 15,500 fiber route miles throughout Minnesota, bolstering its strategic goal to grow the network by at least 1,000 route miles per year.


Arvig ended 2022 with more than 1,100 fiber route miles constructed, and remains well-positioned to carry that momentum into further growth initiatives in 2023 and beyond.

“This is a significant moment in the history of our company,” said David Arvig, vice president and chief operating officer at Arvig. “As we look to build on this milestone with even more growth this year and in the future, establishing a broader network presence positions us to better serve our customers and connect more communities at a time when reliable high-speed internet is vital.”

Arvig’s network serves 48 counties in Minnesota, including 155 communities and more than 125,000 homes and businesses. Its dense fiber routes extend throughout greater Minnesota, including the metro areas of Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud and Rochester.

Menards helps food shelf

The Menards home improvement store in Alexandria is serving as a drop site for the Douiglas County Outreach Food Shelf through the month of March.

Menards management said they’re excited to lend a helping hand to the community. Menards offers a wide variety of non-perishable food items that can be donated to the food pantries, from boxes of cereal to cans of soup that can be found in its grocery department for immediate donation.

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