140 for 140: Helping Businesses and Communities for 140 Years

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In 2015, we honor our commitment to the communities we serve with the 140 for 140 campaign, which highlights a minimum of 140 contributions we make to those communities in the form of volunteer time, education programs, event sponsorships and more.

Merchants Bank was founded July 17, 1875. Since our beginning, we have grown to 21 locations serving 18 communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. A number of our locations will also be celebrating significant anniversaries with the Merchants Bank organization in 2015: St. Charles (25 years), Apple Valley, Hastings, Hampton and Cottage Grove (15 years), Lakeville (10 years), and Spring Grove (5 years).

Since our first day, our employees have been dedicated to improving the communities they serve. We are proud to celebrate those contributions this year.

Students Can Win With Merchants Bank Money Ball in St. Charles

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Two area students will each have a chance to win a $100 Merchants Bank Visa Gift Card by making a half-court shot at half-time of the St. Charles boy’s basketball game against Rushford-Peterson on Friday, January 16.

Students will be able to register up until half-time of the game and then will be chosen randomly to take part. To qualify to take the half-court shot, the students will have to make a free-throw and a three-point shot.

“This should be great fun for the students and should also benefit our athletic programs,” said Mark Linderbaum of Merchants Bank in St. Charles.

If a student makes the free throw, three-point shot and the half-court shot, the student will be presented with a certificate to redeem for a Merchants Bank Visa Gift Card. Funds up to $200 not won by the students will be donated to the St. Charles athletic programs.

220,555 Pounds Collected in Winona

10DaysofGivingEventsFinal tallies put the 2014 “10 Days of Giving” at 220,555 pounds of food, the third highest total in the food drive’s 26-year history.

The total breaks down to $94,069 in cash and 32,417 pounds of food. The two years where more food was collected were 2013, when just over 280,000 pounds of food was collected, and 2009, when just over 250,000 pounds of food was collected. For the purposes of the total, two pounds of food are counted for each dollar. The 26-year total for pounds of food collected now stands at 2,597,782.

“We are thankful for the success of this year’s drive in supplying food for Winona Volunteer Services and helping to meet our goal that no one in Winona County goes hungry this winter,” said Jennifer Welch, who is co-chair of the food drive. “It means a lot to our employees to take part and help meet the needs of the food shelf and the people it serves.”

More than 30 area schools and child-care centers and more than 150 businesses participated in this year’s drive. See photos of the schools and a listing of this year’s participating businesses.

Get Fit for the New Year: Attend Our Free Health & Wellness Expo

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Have you made a healthy goal for the new year? Attend our FREE Wellness Expo on Saturday, January 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at our Merchants Bank Winona-Downtown location. There will be vendor booths and free breakout sessions:

Happiness is Serious Business – Presented by John Rislove, Director of Behavioral Health at Winona Health
11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Food Labels: Discovering the Unknown – Presented by Jennifer Hackbarth, Nutritionist at Hy-Vee
11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Health claims on food packages can be confusing, and hard to reconcile the information of the front of the package with what’s on the nutrition facts panel. Learn what to look for when shopping for healthy foods at your local grocery store.

Financial Fitness: Time to Take Charge of Your Financial Future – Presented by Connie Fort, Consumer Lender at Merchants Bank
11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Q & A Session with Local Fitness Experts – Facilitated by Deb McClellan, Community Operations Manager at Live Well Winona
11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Jen Welch at (507) 457-1108 or by email at jewelch@merchantsbank.com. We look forward to seeing you there! Healthy snacks will be served.

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

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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

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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.

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.