Pioneer Banker Club

The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) is proud to recognize bankers who have been leaders of the industry for 50 years or more. Any Minnesota banker who has attained at least 50 years of active service is eligible. The four bankers pictured below were inducted into the Pioneer Club at the 2017 Annual Summit. See below for a complete roster.

2018 Pioneer Banker Nomination Form


(Clockwise from upper left) Elaine Hansen, Jerine Hoffmann, Dennis Troff and Linda Goehle.

Linda Goehle

Linda Goehle began her banking career on September 12, 1966. She was hired by First National Bank of Luverne as an audit clerk. In 1965, the bank built a new building and moved to its current location. In 1979, the bank became First Bank. It added a branch in Pipestone in 1984. Linda worked as a teller from 1974 to 1981, becoming the Senior Teller in 1977. She worked in the teller department until 1981 then moved to audit coordinator, where she worked until 1985. She then moved to an accounting clerk position. In October of 1987, the bank was sold to 215 Holding Company, and the name changed to First Farmers & Merchants National Bank. At that time, Linda worked in bookkeeping; she has been a bookkeeper to the present day. Linda worked under several different bank names over the years, but it has always been the same bank. She handled many items in her banking career: vault teller, traveler’s checks, balanced many accrual accounts, certificate of deposits issuing and redeeming, figuring many forfeitures by hand, wires, investments, Fed Funds and payroll. The biggest change in 50 years of banking is the use of the computer and technology. The bank holding company has also grown over the past 30 years to banks in 17 locations. Linda has been an important part of this bank for 51 years. 

Elaine Hansen

Elaine Hansen has worked in banking for 50 years as of June 5, 2017. This was accomplished at First Farmers & Merchants Bank and its predecessor bank. Elaine started her banking career at Pipestone National Bank as a teller. She moved to the lending side of the bank as a loan assistant where she worked for a number of years. Laughter could often be heard as Elaine helped loan customers with their loan advances, payments, and questions. Elaine paid attention to details and customers felt very comfortable that their transactions were being taken care of. Elaine transferred to First Farmers & Merchants Bank’s Luverne location where she has worked in customer service, bookkeeping, and most recently, the bank’s data center. In her current position of Exception Items Specialist, she works with employees in all First Farmers & Merchants Bank locations. Elaine has helped many customers and employees throughout the years, taking great care to provide correct information at all times. She takes pride in her work and her efforts are greatly appreciated by both bank employees and customers. 

Jerine Hoffmann

Jerine Hoffmann began working at State Bank of New Ulm (now Frandsen Bank & Trust) on November 1, 1966, in the bookkeeping department. She went on to work in operations for many years, handling wires, ACH, daily correspondent bank balancing, investing and other miscellaneous jobs. In the last nine years, she has worked part-time in the customer service department.

When Jerine started working, there wasn’t a proof machine. Each day, two men would carry a large wooden tray of ledger books to be placed behind the teller line. Customer transactions were entered into the various books. She couldn’t imagine remote capture back then. Jerine has seen and has adapted to the many changes in the banking industry in the last 50 years. She has seen the bank grow from $8 million in assets in 1966 to $1.7 billion today. Jerine has enjoyed working at Frandsen Bank & Trust and the banking industry for 50 years.

Dennis Troff

Dennis Troff began his banking career in 1963 after graduating from Carleton College and military service as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He joined Northwestern National Bank in Minneapolis as a management trainee and then joined a commercial lending division. He was elected President of Moorhead State Bank in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1970. He became President of Peoples Bank of Commerce in 1993 and served in that position until 2005. He continues to serve as a director on the Peoples Bank of Commerce board. Dennis has been and continues to be active as a volunteer in community organizations. 


Marilyn J. Agre

Lloyd A. Amundson

Gary E. Bakko

Bernard Bastian

Maggie Bauer

Peter L. Bauer

Quentin Beadell

William H. Beery

Marlen E. Bents

H. H. Berg

Bruce W. Beutel

Gerald A. Bilski

John O. Bohmer

George N. Borgerding

C. T. Braff

Paul H. Bringgold

Ken Broin

Marion Brummer

Edward H. Buerkle

Irvin Burich

Thomas "Buzz" Burich

Robert Cameron

John F. Campe

Richard J. Carlander

David J. Carr

T. Donald Cashin

John J. Cavanagh

Edward R. Cleasby

Keith Clements

Harold C. Cole

Marilyn J. Cox

David G. Dewitt

Robert Dickson

D. J. Dorweiler

Dasen Dorweiler

Harlan Drube

C. R. Duroe

Richard L. Duroe

Chester N. Eggen

Marianna Eiselt

Dale J. Emmel

Ewald A. Fenrick

Theresa C. Fierst

Joseph M. Finley

Clyde Fischer

Lois Fiskum

Robert F. Foley

Loren R. Fretland

Newton Fuller

Richard E. Gandrud

Z. S. Gault

R. James Gesell
Linda Goehle

Bernard Gulden

Edward Gutzmann

Larry Habstritt

Larry D. Hahn
Kathy Hallum
Elaine Hansen


Orville M. Hanson

Robert D. Harder

James E. Hausauer

George F. Hayden

James Heig

John R. Heneman

Allen G. Highum

G. Jack Hillstrom
Jerine Hoffmann
Dale Hoganson

Russell E. Holm

John D. Hunt
David M. Hyduke

Karen Hymes

Ernest Iverson

Russell W. Jacobson

Anthony C. Johnson

Edsel F. Johnson

Gladys Johnson

Harlowe M. Johnson

Jean B. Johnson

Larry D. Johnson

Myron J. Johnson

Patricia P. Johnson

Warren Johnson

William R. Johnson

Kenneth C. Jore

Kenneth E. Just

Earl E. Keskey

Kent J. Kircher

George J. Klasen

Gordon H. Klaudt

Richard M. Kramer

Gunnar Kronholm

Donovan Kuehnast

Ervin F. Kurth

Maynard A. Lawrence

Micheal L. Lillehaugen

Carl V. Lind

Judy Lipetsky

Duane W. Loe

Dale C. Madison

Joyce E. Magner

John A. Malmberg

Gerald W. McGee

Art Melander

Harlan Mensink

Angeline R. Mixner

Jerald F. Mohrfeld

E. M. Neisen

Earl Nelson

Gordon L. Nelson

Lucille Nickolay

Daniel H. Nicolai

John D. O’Brien

L. R. Oberg
Bruce Olness


Dayel M. Olson
Newman E. Olson

Shirley Olson

Ken Onken

Alvin C. Peterson
Donald N. Peterson

Roger Peterson

Alan Pettit

Jane Pickle

G. M. Pieschel

Larry Pietrzak

John F. Pletz

F. J. Poepl

Lowell A. Pogatchnik

Don Ransom

Douglas Rech

W. C. Ries

Lois Roberton

Marie Roberts

Robert Roehl

Evelyn C. Roelike

Elsie Rolfs

L. H. Rolfs

A. William Sands

Richard P. Sankovitz

D. D. Saxen

V. G. Schaffer

Elaine Schlemmer

Ralph C. Schmidt

Donald Schumacher

George Schweiss

Margaret Shaw

Vernon Shoquist

Norman C. Skalicky

James G. Sneer

Geraldine Sons

Ronald Steele

S. G. Steen

Fred E. Stein

W. W. Studtmann

Paul Tellefson

Roy Terwilliger

John E. Thinesen
Dennis Troff

Edward C. Turn

Wendale P. Vander Broek

Richard B. Ventrucci

Wilfred Vogel

Roger J. Voit

Paul Vollan

Roger Weise

Joe Welle

Clair C. Wilcox

Robert Wiley

William Wilkening

August A. Williams

Carol J. Wurm

William H. Zabel