Bankers on the Move
Nate Gilkey has recently been named Vice President of Commercial Lending for Center Bank and will be officing in the new Chaska location set to open in September. With nearly 20 years of experience, Nate has a strong background in several areas of lending including Commercial and Industrial, Commercial Real Estate and Equipment Finance. 
New Market Bank has welcomed back to its team Terra Henry as vice president of loan operations. Henry was previously with New Market Bank from 2013 to 2019, serving most recently as vice president of compliance and loan operations. Henry will work closely with the operations department to enter and process new loans, gather information to fulfill annual reporting requirements and balance the loan accounts daily. 
Falcon National Bank recently hired Neil Anderson as Senior Vice President of Business Banking. With over 30 years in commercial lending, Anderson is an accomplished commercial finance professional who will helping to manage Falcon’s growing commercial loan portfolio and serve new demand. 
Locally owned and operated Community Bank Owatonna and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Shannon Fawley has joined its team as Vice President, Chief Information Technology/Operations Officer. In addition to her technology experience, Shannon has over twenty years of experience in the banking industry.  
Locally owned and operated Community Bank Owatonna and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Cory Shaw has joined its team as Assistant Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Lender and Business Lending Specialist. Cory’s area of specialty is small business lending in the areas of real estate financing, equipment financing, and operating lines of credit. 
WNB Financial is pleased to announce Rick Vaplon, Community President in Wabasha and Kellogg, as the recipient of its 2021 third quarter Community PRIDE Award. As a Community PRIDE Award recipient, Vaplon received $100 to donate to the organization of his choice, which he chose to donate to the Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation. 
The Board of Directors of Reliance Bank is pleased to announce that Nichol Dehmer has been hired as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Dehmer comes to Reliance Bank with a deep background in accounting and community banking. She will lead the bank’s strategic Vision of high-performance growth and digital advancements. 
 

  Announcements

For combat-wounded veterans, transitioning from the military back to civilian life can be a challenge. That, combined with the cost of a new vehicle, can put added burdens on our nation’s military service members and their families. To help, Wells Fargo teamed up with Apple Autos and Military Warriors Support Foundation to present a payment-free 2021 Ford Escape SE Hybrid to former U.S. Army Sergeant Michael Diehn during Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair.
Coulee Bank , a family-owned community bank, is excited to announce the relocation and expansion of their St. Paul branch. The branch will be moving from its current 742 Grand Avenue location to the newly renovated 733 Grand Avenue location in December. Expanding to 6,500 square feet, this relocation will provide the necessary infrastructure for Coulee Bank to continue its growth. 
Congratulations to Currie State Bank on their 90th year in business. The bank hosted a celebratory picnic on August 26th that was open to the community. 
Center Bank is expanding to the southwest metro by opening a new full-service location in the Chaska Commons located at 120 Pioneer Trail, Chaska, MN 55318. The bank opened its doors September 20. Allen Liestman, President/CEO of Center Bank says “All of us at Center Bank are excited to welcome friends and neighbors and meet people at the new location. We’re looking forward to bringing a locally owned, community-focused bank back to the greater Chaska community.”  
Reliance Bank team members in Faribault, Minnesota celebrated Community Impact Month by raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern MN. Team members sold T-shirts for $15 and took donations to help support the littles in our area. With 200-plus youth waiting for a Big, Reliance Bank team members are spreading awareness of the program in our community. 

 In Memory

Richard Carlander passed away on June 26, 2021. At 16, Richard began his career under the leadership of his father, John Carlander, at the State Bank of Faribault. He started as a part time bookkeeper in 1953. After graduating college, he began his full-time career at the State Bank. Richard was elected President of the Bank in 1968. For the next 35 years, he remained President and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2003. He served as treasurer of the Minnesota Bankers Association for two years and was honored in 2009 as a Pioneer Banker for fifty years of banking services. 
Charles “Chuck” Johnson, 84, of Breckenridge, Minnesota, passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Chuck managed the State Bank of Bruce (SD) and the State Bank of Maple Plain before purchasing a hardware store. He served on the MBA Board of Directors and as a member of the Lions Club for many years.  
Brian Haugen of Bellingham, Minnesota sadly passed away on April 13, 2021. Brian enjoyed working with his local customers for 39 years at the State Bank of Bellingham and serving his community as a member of the city and church council. Brian’s family was at the center of his whole world; never missing a game or event of his children. In recent years, his grandchildren lit up his life. 

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