“10 Days of Giving” is at 114,792 Pounds of Food

10 Days of Giving

Through the middle of the day on Tuesday, Merchants Bank had collected 114,792 pounds of food for the “10 Days of Giving.”

The totals include $52,773 in cash and 9,246 pounds of food. The total to date is behind last year’s record pace of 160,300 pounds of food, which was fueled by several significant anonymous monetary gifts. The number is ahead of the pace of two years ago of 98,106 pounds of food. For purposes of the calculation, each dollar counts for two pounds of food.

“Time and time again, I continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in the Winona area. It’s unmatched,” said Jen Welch, who is co-chair of this year’s food drive. “We are especially gratified by the people who are first-time contributors. It is good to see how many people believe this food drive is important to this area.”

Last year, more than 280,000 pounds of food was collected and 195,438 pounds of food was collected in 2012. The 25-year total is 2,377,027 pounds of food.

There is still time to give. Merchants Bank employees and other volunteers will collect food barrels and cash cans at area schools, day-cares and businesses Thursday and Friday. The food and money collected from the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop Tuesday in Winona has not yet been included in the totals.

Checks may be made payable to “10 Days of Giving.” Checks not deposited at a Merchants Bank office may be mailed to Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 248, Winona MN 55987; or Winona Volunteer Services, 402 East Second Street in Winona.

Gifts of food may be dropped at any Merchants Bank location in Winona, Goodview or St. Charles. In addition to more than 30 area schools and child-care centers participating in this year’s Drive, there are more than 150 business collection sites throughout Winona County. View a listing of this year’s special events and participating businesses here.

“10 Days of Giving” Starts Strong: 60,220 Pounds of Food Collected

10 Days of Giving

Through Friday morning, Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving” was at 60,220 pounds of food collected.

The number of pounds of food collected included $28,948 in cash and 3,324 pounds of food. Two pounds of food are counted for each dollar collected. Through the same time last year, 83,748 pounds of food had been collected. In 2012, a little more than 41,000 pounds of food had been collected through this point to benefit Winona Volunteer Services.

“Again, the response from the people in the Winona area has been generous,” said Mark Metzler of Merchants Bank, one of this year’s co-chairs. “We are gratified by the response.”

Last year, more than 280,000 pounds of food was collected, a record for the “10 Days of Giving.” The 25-year total is 2,377,027 pounds of food.

“We are looking forward to the response during the remainder of the event,” Metzler said. “We know that this is important to so many people.”

To contribute, checks may be made payable to “10 Days of Giving.” Checks not deposited at a Merchants Bank office may be mailed to Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 248, Winona MN 55987; or Winona Volunteer Services, 402 East Second Street in Winona.

Gifts of food may be dropped at any Merchants Bank location. In addition to more than 30 area schools and child-care centers participating in this year’s Drive, there are more than 150 business collection sites throughout Winona County. A listing of this year’s special events and participating businesses can be found on our blog.

Grandma Helen’s Cut-Out Cookies

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Cut-out cookies are a favorite at Christmastime. Here’s a recipe you’re sure to love!

Cookies:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup lard
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups thick sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda (mixed into sour cream)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 cups flour

Mix first 8 ingredients well, then add flour. Roll and cut-out. Bake at 300 degrees. Watch carefully, don’t let the bottoms get brown. When they look a little tan, pull them out of the oven. Makes 6 dozen cookies, depending on size of cut-outs.

 

Frosting:

  • 1 stick of butter (in cereal bowl)
  • Pour milk until halfway up butter (I know, grandmas’ recipe!)
  • Microwave for 2 minutes, stop every 45 seconds to stir. Add:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla

Blend with mixer. If it is too thick, add milk; if too runny, add powdered sugar. Split into separate bowls to add food coloring as desired.

Meet Lucas Stangl, Electronic Banking Representative at Merchants Bank

Lucas Stangl, Electronic Banking Representative at Merchants, with his two children in Disneyland.

Lucas Stangl, Electronic Banking Representative at Merchants, with his two children in Disneyland.

When did you start your banking career?

Lucas: I started at Wells Fargo in 2011 as a Teller and then became a Teller Manager. When I came to Merchants, I knew I wanted to work for a bank I believed in and one that is there for the community. Electronic Banking is a great fit for me because I like helping our customers solve problems. Plus, there’s a lot of variety with my job, which I really enjoy.

What is your top electronic banking tip?

Lucas: There are a couple of things that can make using Online Banking easier for our customers.

First, when you’re reviewing your accounts online, make sure check the available balance and not the current balance. The available balance is what you actually have available to spend. Sometimes the difference can be confusing, so make sure you’re looking at the right balance before you make a purchase.

When completing online transfers, review the details of the transfer and click the confirm button. If you don’t click confirm, the transfer won’t go through.

What’s one thing your mom or dad taught you about money?

Lucas: Don’t impulse buy. Wait a few days and if you still want that particular item, then go buy it.

If you could ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange with anyone, who would it be and why?

Lucas: My kids. Hazen is nine and Ada is six. My wife and I try to teach the importance of experiences and I think that would be a very memorable experience for them.

Besides money, what’s your favorite green thing?

Lucas: Any golf course. I started golfing when I was five years old and actually worked at a golf course in Pennsylvania for ten years – it was really fun.

For more information on our electronic banking options, visit our website.

Students Can Win With Merchants Bank Money Ball in Rushford

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Area students will have a chance to win some money with Money Ball from Merchants Bank. The first chance comes during halftime of the Rushford boy’s basketball game against Lanesboro, Friday, December 5.

Three participants, 5th grade and under, will be drawn randomly to participate at halftime. Participants will earn $5 if they make a lay-up.  Those making the lay-up qualify to take a free throw, earning $10 for a made shot. A made free throw qualifies the participant to take a 3-point shot and the chance to win another $25 with a made shot.

Another three student participants, 6th grade and over, will also be drawn randomly and have a chance to win at Money Ball. Participants will earn $10 for a made free throw and qualify for a chance to make a 3-pointer and earn another $25. If the participant makes the 3-pointer, then the participant will have the chance to make a half-court shot and earn $100.

At the end of the halftime festivities, Merchants will also donate an amount equal to the total student payout to the Rushford-Peterson Booster Club. If no shots are made during halftime, Merchants Bank will donate $100 to the Rushford-Peterson Booster Club.

“It’s great fun for the students and a great way to donate to the booster club,” said Kari Johnson of Merchants Bank.

Merchants Bank Money Ball will also be held at Rushford girl’s basketball games on December 18 and January 16, and at the boy’s basketball game on February 13. No customer relationship required to enter to win.

10 Days of Giving: Participating Businesses in the Winona Area

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To donate to this year’s 10 Days of Giving, place the non-perishable food items in a bag under the lobby Christmas tree at any Winona Merchants Bank location, or in the collection barrel at any Winona Area School or participating business. Monetary donations also encouraged.

2014 Participating Businesses:

A&W Restaurants
Ace Hardware
Acoustic Café
Acuity Brands
Adventure Cycle and Ski
Alliant Castings
Alterra Sterling House
American Legion Post 9
Baker Shoes
Behrens Inc
Benchmark Electronics Inc
Beno’s Cheese & Deli
Blooming Grounds
Bluff Country Co-op
Bub’s Brewing Co.
Cars-n-Credit
Celanese
Cha Chis Mexican Grill
City of Goodview
City of Winona – City Hall
City of Winona – Library/Friendship Center
Coldwell Banker Skeels/Moore & Associates
Construction Ventures Inc/Composite Products
Cross Fit Warrior Risen
Cytec Fiberite
Dahl Automotive Winona Inc
Dahl Buick Pontiac GMC
Dairy Queen
DCM Tech
Diocese of Winona
Edge Church
Edina Realty, Inc.
Edward Jones
Engrav’s Decorating Center
Ferrara Candy Company
Fastenal Company
Fawcett-Junker Funeral Homes
Goodson Manufacturing Inc.
Green Mill Restaurant & Bar
Gunderson Lutheran Eye Clinic
Hal Leonard Publishing
Harley Davidson Shop of Winona
Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Holtan’s
HyVee
Key Real Estate
Knitcraft Corporation
Anova
Ledebuhr Meats
Manpower
Merchants Bank – Winona Downtown
Merchants Bank – Goodview
Merchants Bank – Lakeside
Mc Donald’s “Amberwin, LLC”
Midtown Foods
Miller Ingenuity
Minnesota State Southeast Technical College
Mississippi Welders Supply Co.
Modern Ready Mix
Mugby Junction
Peerless Chain
Perfect Fit Plus Size Consignment LLC
Perkins Restaurant
Pet Medical Center
Pieces of the Past
Plaza Hotel
Plasticomp
Plumbers Mechanical Group, LLC
ProBuild
Quality Vac & Sew
River Hills Dental
Riverstar
Riverside Electronics
Rogan’s Shoes
RTP Company
Saint Mary’s Press
Sinclair’s
Snap Fitness
Sole Sport
Sprint
St. Mary’s University
Steak Shop Catering
Sugar Loaf Ford
Sugar Loaf Senior Living
Taco Johns
Technigraph Corporation
The Kensington
Thern, Inc
TRW
Watkins, Inc
Watkins, Inc-Distribution Center
Watlow Controls
We-no-nah Canoe
WinCraft Inc
Winona Agency
Winona County
Winona Daily News
Winona Elks Lodge
Winona Family YMCA
Winona Health
Winona Health-Senior Living at Watkins
Winona ORC
Winona Radio
Winona State University/Krysko Commons
Winona State University-Bookstore
Winona Workforce Center
Xcel Energy

Meet Marcus Krings, Electronic Banking Representative at Merchants Bank

Meet Marcus Krings, Electronic Banking Representative at Merchants, pictured playing with his band, The Whistle Jacks.

Meet Marcus Krings, Electronic Banking Representative at Merchants, pictured playing with his band, The Whistle Jacks.

When did you start your banking career?

In 2006, started working at Winona National as a Lead Teller and worked there for several years. In 2012, I came to

Merchants and have been in the Electronic Banking department since. I like working with computers and helping people, so this job combines two things I really enjoy.

What is your top electronic banking tip?

My first tip would be for people traveling outside of the tri-state area: Make sure that you know the pin number associated with your debit card. Merchants has fraud protection rules in place that require you to enter your pin when making purchases far from home. If you don’t know your pin, you can call Electronic Banking a 866-496-0522 and we can help you reset your pin in time for your trip.

For those interested in using our mobile app, it’s important to note you’ll need to sign up for Online Banking first. You can get started with Online Banking by contacting a Customer Service Representative at your local Merchants Bank, calling Electronic Banking or enrolling at merchantsbank.com. Then, when you search for the app in the app store, use “merchants bank na” because that search term will bring you directly to our app page.

What’s one thing your mom or dad taught you about money?

You have to earn your money. My parents always emphasized that money was something you worked for, whether it was simply doing chores around the house or having a high school job.

If you could ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange with anyone, who would it be and why?

My wife. She really likes to travel and we’d have fun in New York together.

Besides money, what’s your favorite green thing?

Sour apple green gummies. Those are delicious.

For more information on our electronic banking options, visit our website.