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Bankers on the Move

Laura Gevik

Drake Bank has promoted Laura Gevik to executive vice president, chief operations officer. Gevik joined the Bank in May 2020 as senior vice president, chief operations officer. Gevik will continue to oversee the Bank’s audit, BSA, compliance, deposit operations, finance, human resources, marketing, and project management functions.

Tegan Dornik

Drake Bank has promoted Tegan Dornink to credit administration officer. Dornink will lead the Bank’s credit analysis department’s processes, procedures, workload, and team members while performing credit underwriting and analysis for complex commercial loan transactions. 

Catherine “Cat” Breet

Merchants Bank has named Catherine “Cat” Breet as its new Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resource Officer. Breet will serve as a member of the Company’s Executive Leadership team and succeeds Beth Ede who retired on July 1.

Sandy Wolfe

WNB Financial is pleased to announce Sandy Wolfe, Universal Banker Lead in Wabasha, as the recipient of its 2022 second quarter Community PRIDE Award. As a Community PRIDE Award recipient, Wolfe received $100 to donate to the organization of her choice, which she chose to donate to the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation. 

Tara Tentis

WNB Insurance Agency Inc. is pleased to announce that Tara Tentis has been promoted to Insurance Agent. Tentis has served as Insurance Assistant since 2020 and passed the insurance exams at the end of 2021. In her new role, she will service policies for existing customers and write policies for new customers. 

Lacy Olson

WNB Financial is pleased to announce that Lacy Olson has joined the Bank as Branch Retail Lead in Holmen, Wis. Olson will manage the Holmen Retail Banking Team and assist with daily office operations. She brings 13 years of Retail Banking experience to her new role.

Amy Murphy

Star Bank is thrilled to announce that Amy Murphy has joined the bank as Vice President & Compliance Officer based in Maple Lake. Amy has served the financial services industry for over 20 years and has achieved 5 accreditations relating to compliance and regulations, payments, operations, and bank security.

Matt Knudson

Matt Knudson will be joining the Profinium team as AVP Personal Banking in the East Market. Matt is very experienced in all aspects of personal banking and is thrilled to be joining our Mankato and Owatonna teams and serving clients in his hometown

Kyle Kriener

Kyle Kriener will be joining the Profinium Team as their newest Personal Banker. Kyle brings a customer service background and will be graduating with a Finance degree. He is excited to utilize his customer service skills while growing within his field of interest.

  

Sommer Jensen

Sommer Jensen will be joining the Profinium team as their Executive Administrative Assistant at the Owatonna location. Sommer comes to the bank with several years of experience in customer service & loans within the retail and banking industries.

Rhonda Hanson

Rhonda Hanson will be joining the Profinium Team in Owatonna as their newest Personal Banker. Rhonda brings more than six years of personal banking experience and is thrilled to be joining the Profinium ranks.

Dawn Wiederhoeft

Dawn Wiederhoeft will be joining the Profinium Team as Deposit Operations Assistant! Dawn comes to the bank with over 25 years of customer service experience in the retail & public service industries. 

Gail Mikolich 

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) elected three new community bankers to its board of trustees at its meeting during the school’s 71st Annual School Session in Boulder, Colo. The new members include Gail Mikolich, chief operating officer of Northeast Bank in Minneapolis. After her graduation from GSBC in 2009, Mikolich served on the GSBC Alumni Advisory Board and was a Bank Management Simulation instructor at GSBC for five years. Mikolich succeeds Andy Noll, president of First Farmers & Merchants National Bank in Fairmont as a Minnesota representative on the GSBC Board of Trustees.

Alan McLean

United Bankers’ Bank (UBB), is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan McLean as Senior Vice President, Operations Director. Alan joins UBB with over 20 years of experience in correspondent banking and operations. 

Kurt Cottier

United Bankers’ Bank (UBB), is pleased to announce the appointment of Kurt Cottier as Senior Vice President, Senior Lending Officer. Kurt joins UBB with over 30 years of lending experience in the community banking industry. 

  Announcements


Ameri Financial Group, Inc., announced it has signed a definitive agreement with Waseca Bancshares, Inc., to acquire the charter of Waseca Bancshares’ subsidiary Lake Area Bank in Lindstrom. Ameri Financial Group is purchasing the Lake Area Bank offices in Lindstrom and Forest Lake and will merge them into its subsidiary, First Resource Bank. Lake Area Bank’s other offices are not part of the deal.
MidCountry Bank Hastings Market President, Lisa Franxman (far right in photo), was recently announced as a 2023 Minneapolis Aquatennial Captain. Congratulations, Lisa and all of the 2023 Aquatennial Ambassadors!
Star Bank has acquired the former Bank of the West building in Wheaton, MN and plans are underway for a grand “re-opening” of Star Bank - Wheaton before the end of the year. Star Bank has been a central part of the Wheaton community since 1995 when the former Metropolitan Federal Savings & Loan was acquired by Harry Wahlquist, the President/CEO and Founder of Star Bank. 
Highland Bank, announced that its St. Michael branch, located at 701 Central Avenue East, will relocate to a new building. This project integrates with the city of St. Michael’s long-term redevelopment strategy that focuses on revitalizing the downtown area, supporting the growth of its community. The new 5,000 square-foot facility is just a mile west of the current location, and will provide better access, customer parking, and an interior design that modernizes bank visits for customers. 
Highland Bank signed a definitive agreement on August 17, 2022 to purchase Boundary Waters Bank, pending regulatory approval. Boundary Waters Bank has branches located in Woodbury, Blaine and Ely Minnesota, which hold approximately $100 million in deposits. The acquisition is expected to be complete by the end of year 2022. 

  In Memory


 Donald Andrew "Don" Sirek

Donald Andrew “Don” Sirek passed away on July 22, 2022 at the age of 90, in his hometown of New Prague, Minnesota. In 1956 Don initiated his career with the FDIC as a Bank Examiner. He joined the staff at the State Bank of New Prague in 1959, where he would work his way through numerous positions from entry level to leadership roles. He continued his career as President of the First State Bank of St. Joseph, in St. Joseph, Minnesota from 1989 through December 1992, when he retired. During his tenure in the banking field, Don engaged in active membership with the Minnesota Bankers Association, where he served for a 2-year term as Treasurer, and with the American Bankers Association, where he was a member of the Safety and Soundness Committee. He will be remembered for his one-line quips packed with wisdom, along with so many other qualities including his strong and grateful heart, his gift as a listener, his quick wit, and his easy-going nature, all which he graciously and generously shared with others. He will be missed deeply by his family and all who knew him.