Join Us for Community Appreciation Picnics this Summer

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Please join us for these Community Appreciation Picnics in June and July!

6/3 Spring Grove
Food starts at 6:00 p.m., Music starts at 6:30 p.m.
At Spring Grove Fest Building • 110 North Division Avenue
Kick off Music in the park with Merchants Bank’s Community Appreciation Picnic.
6/23 St. Charles
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
At St. Charles City Park
Merchants Bank staff will be serving brats with all the fixings, catered by Porkmaster Chefs. Also, the Winona County Dairy Princesses will be serving ice cream treats from the Little Red Barn.
7/16 Hampton
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Hampton
Merchants Bank staff will be serving grilled hot dogs served with all the fixings!
7/17 Rosemount Save the date! More details to come.
7/24 Cottage Grove Save the date! More details to come.

Boy Scouts of America Troop 55 is the Top Vote Getter in 5-4-5

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Teresa Fegyak, Customer Service Representative at Merchants Bank in Spring Grove

The Boy Scouts of America Troop 55 was the top vote getter in voting to determine which Spring Grove area nonprofit organizations will be featured each month in Merchants Bank in Spring Grove.

The Boy Scouts received 281 votes and will be the featured organization during May at Merchants Bank in Spring Grove. Merchants Bank will match up to $200 in donations made to the Boy Scouts at the Bank.

“We believe giving back to the nonprofit organizations that make our community such a unique place to live is the most fitting way to celebrate our fifth anniversary in Spring Grove,” said Teresa Fegyak, who is coordinating the event for Merchants Bank.

During April, area residents were able to place votes for their favorite nonprofit organization at the Bank and on Merchants Bank’s Facebook page.  The top five organizations will be featured by the Bank each month, May through September, and will each be eligible to receive up to $200 in matching funds. The other organizations to be featured will be:

June: Bluff Country Gathering, 229 votes
July: Gundersen Tweeten Care Center, 237 votes
August: Houston County 4-H, 115 votes
September: Spring Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 114 votes

Merchants will also sponsor a celebratory event for all area nonprofit organizations in the Spring Grove lobby at 4:15 p.m. on October 5.

We Hope to See You at These March Events

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Our staff invites you to join them at these great events throughout March. Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page for information on these events or pictures from other events you may have missed.

3/7 Eau Claire Home Buyer’s Seminar: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
At Legends Title Services in Eau Claire, WI

Learn about the keys to successfully buy a home of your own:

  • What’s Title Insurance?
  • Home Inspection-Why?
  • Mortgage Process
  • Choosing a Realtor

RSVP by March 4 to Rick at (715) 855-0816.

3/7 Winona Area Home Expo: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Riverport Inn & Suites

Buying, selling or renovating? You won’t want to miss Winona’s most extensive home event! Stop by and see us at the Merchants Bank booth. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children. Food and exhibitor giveaways available.

3/14 Lakeville Landscape, Home Expo and Consumer Show: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
At Lakeville North High School

Stop by and see us at the Merchants Bank booth.

3/16 and 3/31 “Time to Switch” Evening Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank Winona-Downtown

We make it easy to switch your checking account to Merchants. Stop in – and bring a friend – to enjoy a bowl of chili and open your account.

3/21-3/22 Winona Better Living Show
At Winona Senior High School

Stop by and enjoy a cookie on us at the Merchants Bank booth. Enter for a chance to win an outdoor fire column patio warmer.*

Show Hours
Saturday, March 21: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 22: 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

*No purchase or customer relationship necessary to enter to win. On person per entry. Drawings will be held the first business day after each Home Show. Winner will be notified by telephone. Employees or Merchants are not eligible to win.

Get Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Home this Spring

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Our staff invites you to join them at these great events throughout February. Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page for information on these events or pictures from other events you may have missed.

Date: Event:
2/20-2/21 St. Charles Area Home and Business Expo: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At the St. Charles Elementary School
Stop by and see us at the Merchants Bank booth for your chance to win a patio warmer.*
2/20-2/22 Chippewa Valley Home and Garden Show
At the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
Stop by and see us at the Merchants Bank booth (#76) for your chance to win a tree and planting (installation).*

Show Hours
Friday, February 20: 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 21: 9:00 a.m. – 5: 00 p.m.
Sunday, February 22: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2/25-3/1 Minneapolis Home and Garden Show
At the Minneapolis Convention Center
Stop by and see us at the Merchants Bank booth (#3120).

Show Hours
Wednesday, February 25: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 26: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, February 27: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 28: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 1: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

*No purchase or customer relationship necessary to enter to win. On person per entry. Drawings will be held the first business day after each Home Show. Winner will be notified by telephone. Employees or Merchants are not eligible to win.

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.