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About Us

Background

Since 1996, our firm has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as compiled & reviewed financial statements, and financial planning.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clientsÂ’ needs, thorough research, and sound analysis. Our firm is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism.

Our Team

Duane Carlson, CPA

Duane Carlson is the founding partner of the firm. He has significant experience in small business planning and tax compliance, and he is also QuickBooks certified.

Duane is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota State Society of CPA's. He received his accounting degree from Minot State University in 1981.

duanec@carlsonbranstad.com 507-444-9754



Dan Branstad, CPA

Dan Branstad joined the firm as partner in 2002. He brings years of experience in auditing, reviews and compilations, as well as tax services. He also has both public and private accounting experience.

Dan received his bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Cloud State University in 1977. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.

danb@carlsonbranstad.com 507-444-9754



Julie Benjamin

Julie Benjamin is our administrative assistant. Julie was born and raised in Owatonna, Minnesota. She graduated from Owatonna High School and attended Riverland Community College and Dakota County Technical College for Marketing. She has two children, one grandchild, and enjoys reading, quilting, painting, and walking. When the weather turns warm and sunny, she enjoys boating and motorcycling. Julie joined the firm in August of 2013.

julie@carlsonbranstad.com 507-444-9754