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Montevideo - Let's Paint the Town Purple

On Monday, September 18, 2017, Minnwest Bank - Montevideo dressed in purple to bring awareness to Alzheimer's Disease, which is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. The Montevideo Area Memory Loss Network, in conjunction with the Montevideo Area Chamber, is continually working to keep the Montevideo community dementia friendly and getting people talking about Alzheimer's.

The Castle Rock Bank Embraces Community 

The Minnesota Bankers Association celebrated Community Impact Week September 18-22.

The Castle Rock Bank  has a long history of working closely with its community organizations and was delighted to report on their philanthropic endeavor during this time.

The Castle Rock Bank donated $5,000 to 360 Communities for the battered Women’s Shelters in Dakota County. It had previously donated $5,000 to its Golf tournament in August. The bank also donated $500 to the Farmington High School Homecoming festivities which will take place in October, $200 towards the pork chop dinner for the Patriotic Day celebration in November, $300 to the Northfield Women’s Center, $393 to St Michaels fundraiser, and agreed to generate funds for the Farmington Firefighters by placing two advertisements in the Farmington Independent for the Turkey Bingo fundraiser, while donating the napkins and $300 towards the food to be served that evening. Other noteworthy donations were made to the Rambling River Center and the Houston Relief Fund. 

The Castle Rock Bank’s motto is: You know us, we know you. That’s the Spirit of Community Pride! 

Western Bank of Cass Lake Donates Books to Local Students

Students at Northern Dreams Gymnastics were greeted on Wednesday with books and a reading from a local author. Author D.R. Winter from International Falls read “Snackster Sam’s Big Adventure,” a book and program designed to help kids make better decisions on which snacks (and foods) are best for their bodies in a new and engaging way. Western Bank of Cass Lake donated a book to each student, as part of the Minnesota Bankers Community Impact Week initiative.

“Western Bank thinks healthy life choices include exercise, good eating habits and wise use of finances. Choosing good snacks includes delayed gratification, planning for the long haul and exercising will power. All similar considerations in saving and spending money,” stated the bank’s president, Larry Refsland. “We were excited to about the opportunity to work together with D.R. Winter and Northern Dreams Gymnastics to help the students learn about eating healthy in a fun way.”
Students had the opportunity to take a picture with a large cut-out of the Snackster-Sam character and get a signed book by D.R.Winter.

Northern Dreams Gymnastics has quickly grown since moving into the current location at 207 2nd St NW in Cass Lake and now serves approximately 100 students in gymnastics and karate classes. The students not only learn skills, but are encouraged to make healthy choices part of their lifestyle. Northern Dreams owner, Erin Reyes, has extensive background in nutrition and was pleased to host the Snackster Sam event. She said "It is important for kids to learn to lead a healthy, active lifestyle as well as introducing nutritional eating habits. The two go hand in hand. It was so great for the kids to be able to sit down, read Snackster Sam, and have a fun discussion about their food choices."

WNB Hot Dog Lunch Raises $526.60 for Main Street Program

Winona National Bank raised $526.60 for the Winona Main Street Program after selling its famous $1 hot dog lunch at the Touch-A-Truck and Play Streets event on Saturday, May 13.

Touch-A-Truck and Play Streets was a free event where families could explore parked trucks in parking lots and participate in activities in the streets. An estimated 2,000 people visited Downtown Winona during the event.

 The Winona Main Street Program is committed to Historic Downtown Winona being the heart of our community and region – a vibrant hub of commerce, entertainment, recreation, and recreational life. Visit for more information.

Minnesota Bankers Community Impact Week!

Thank you to the banks that participated in this campaign, giving your time, energy and financial resources to build stronger communities. View the photo gallery!

23rd Annual Chili Cookoff Raises $5,000.35 for Ready Set School

On a beautiful weekend, through sales and donations, a total of $5,000.35 was raised for Ready Set School at the 23rd Annual Chili Cookoff, sponsored by Winona National Bank on Saturday, February 11. A large crowd enjoyed 23 varieties of chili donated by local Winona businesses.

Ready Set School was created to ensure that all Winona County children have the basic and necessary school supplies to better succeed in school. Up to 35% of children in the county may come from families that lack the financial resources to provide supplies to their kids. Ready Set School is there to help those children.

If you have a community service story you would like to share, please contact Eric Hauth at the MBA.