June/July 2018

Firm news

Lurie, LLP acquired Hagen Palen & Co, CPAs, PA."We are excited to welcome the employees, clients and friends of Hagen Palen into our firm," said Beth Kieffer Leonard, managing partner of Lurie. "Over the past 78 years, we have been strategic about our firm's growth and identifying opportunities that position us properly for the future. This expansion of our geographic footprint allows us to continue to provide great service to our clients in this region along with the clients of Hagen Palen that they have served for years." With the addition of Hagen Palen, Lurie now has more than 160 employees with office locations in Minneapolis and Fort Myers.

Member news

Chester (Chet) Krause, CPA celebrated his 100th birthday on April 16 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Chet graduated from the University of Minnesota in December 1941, receiving his CPA in May 1945 and being recognized as the youngest in the state to pass all the requirements. Chet was admitted and certified as a member of the Minnesota Society of CPAs in October 1945 and remains a member to this day. He continued to do tax work until he was 90 -- when he was diagnosed with low vision.

In memoriam

Warren Bolmgren , longtime MNCPA member, passed away April 23. He was 92.Warren served the MNCPA in many capacities in his 63 years as a member, including time on the board of directors, serving as chair from 1974--75. He was involved with the Estate and Personal Financial Planning Conference Task Force until 2015. Warren received in 1979 the R. Glen Berryman Award, which recognizes outstanding MNCPA member volunteers who teach full-day CPE seminars and consistently receive outstanding evaluations from participants. He also received the MNCPA Distinguished Service Award and was named a Life Member.After earning three battle stars in Europe during World War II, Warren returned home and started his career in accounting.

New hires

James (Jamie) Fritschel, CPA, CFP was hired as senior lead wealth manager with Accredited Investors, Inc.

Christopher (Chris) Link, CPA, CFP was hired as director of tax planning at Accredited Investors, Inc.

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