CPA Gary Paulson to partially retire July 1

Schlenner Wenner receives a portion of the auditing business

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer

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Gary Paulson, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), has decided to take partial retirement from his auditing business in Little Falls. He and his wife Susan will now be able to spend more time at their home on Ten Mile Lake.

The recipient of Paulson’s non-profit and government auditing clients will be transferred to Schlenner Wenner and Company in Little Falls as of July 1.

The CPA firm of Gary Paulson is transferring a portion of the auditing business to Schlenner Wenner and Company as of July 1. Paulson will be partially retiring, retaining the union portion of the firm. Pictured are Paulson, left, and Steve Schuler, managing partner of the Little Falls office of Schlenner Wenner.

“I plan on retaining my labor union clients,” said Paulson. “An office will be added in my lake home and I will work from there.”

Paulson’s one employee, Mary Backlund, will also be moving to Schlenner Wenner and Company.

In a letter to his clients, Paulson said, in part, “After nine yars in Minneapolis and 30 years in Little Falls, I have decided to slow down and enjoy some retirement years. Contracts with me for future audits will be honored by Schlenner Wenner and Company. Backlund will continue to be involved in the audits she previously worked on.”

Paulson began his CPA career working for a national firm and then for another in Wayzata before moving to Little Falls.

“Sue and I wanted a quality of life in a smaller town to raise our children,” he said.

Paulson moved to Little Falls in 1982, and worked at Burns Stangl and Paulson for seven years. Backlund also worked there and when Paulson opened his own business, she moved with him.

Speaking of his latest lifestyle change, Paulson said, “I didn’t just want to walk away from my business here in Little Falls. This transfer wasn’t done lightly. I am confident that Schlenner Wenner and Company will treat my clients well and give them the same great service they are accustomed to.”

Schlenner Wenner, a full service CPA business, has been in business since 1964, with its main office in St. Cloud. The office in Little Falls opened in 1996, when the company purchased a local firm. It has other offices in Albany, Maple Lake and Monticello.