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Business Briefs: Lakes Country Association of Realtors announce incoming board; Detroit Lakes-based CPA firms merge

Members of the Lakes Country Association of Realtors have announced their incoming 2022 leadership board, according to a news release from the association. Additionally, Detroit Lakes-based CPA, Haga Kommer, has merged with Bekkerus Schott Helmeke DeConcini Johnson, Ltd., to create an accounting service expansion into Perham.

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During their meeting on Oct. 19, the Lakes Country Association of Realtors voted to elect their new 2022 leadership board.

The new leadership team will include past-president Bryan Domholt of eXp Realty, and incoming-president Lori Ellefson of Jack Chivers Realty.

Additional 2022 board members are:

  • Alexis Peters, Counselor Realty, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Paula Okeson, RE/MAX Lakes Region, Director
  • Stacy Scott, Counselor Realty, Director
  • Chris Nord, The Real Estate Company, Director
  • Lara Burnside, eXp Realty, Director
  • Jack LaBarre, ERA Northland, Director
  • Jason Bristlin, The Real Estate Company, Director

The group also announced the their 2021 association award winners, including:

  • REALTOR of the Year – Deanna Sinclair, ERA Northland Realty
  • Rookie of the Year – Nicholas Fairbanks, eXp Realty
  • Distinguished Service Award – Patty LaBarre, ERA Northland Realty

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Deanna Sinclair, ERA Northland Realty, profile photo. (submitted)

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Patty LaBarre, ERA Northland Realty, profile photo. (submitted)

Members of the Lakes Country Association of Realtors strives to promote the highest ethical and professional standards and cooperation among its members; Provide products, programs and services to meet the evolving needs of the real estate industry and consumers; and serve as a leading advocate of private property rights and community involvement, according to the group's website .

Local accounting firms merge

Detroit Lakes-based certified public accountant, Haga Kommer, has announced their merger with Bekkerus Schott Helmeke DeConcini Johnson, Ltd., effective Nov. 1.

The new merger will expand Haga Kommer's business into the Perham market, according to a news release from the company.

With the new expansion, the current Detroit Lakes office of Haga Kommer will move into the current offices of Bekkerus Schott Helmeke DeConcini Johnson, Ltd., located on Hwy 59 in Detroit Lakes. The Perham office will remain in its current location on 3rd Avenue.

"We are excited about this merger because Haga Kommer shares the same values we do,” said Judi Johnson, new operations supervisor for the Detroit Lakes office. "With this merger, we know we can continue our tradition of excellent service, while adding significant resources and specialized expertise for our clients and associates."

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Chris DeConcini, operations manager in Perham, said, "The more we learned about Haga Kommer the more we knew that we wanted to move into the future with them."

Haga Kommer is a full-service accounting firm with offices in Fargo, Bismarck, Mandan, Detroit Lakes and St. Cloud. Inc. Magazine included Haga Kommer as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States for the fourth year in a row, according to the company's news release.

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