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• Viking Office Supply, a 46-year-old Alexandria company, announced it has merged with Innovative Office Solutions, a 17-year-old Twin Cities-based business. It will operate under the Innovative Office Solutions brand. Innovative offers office products, furniture and design services, facility and breakroom supplies, print and graphic design, promotional products and technology solutions. In its announcement, the company said it will keep its local site, employees and management. Innovative is involved in the community through its InSports Foundation.

• Glenwood State Bank and Lowry State Bank have begun using .bank as a domain extension. Similar to .com, .net and .org, the bank said in a news release that .bank was created in 2015 by the global banking community to protect customers against cybersecurity threats. Because the new domain extension is reserved exclusively for verified banks, online criminals will be unable to replicate a site using the .bank extension. Beginning this month, the local banks will change their website addresses to www.glenwoodstate.bank and www.lowrystate.bank.

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