Memorial Bike Ride Concludes Saturday

The ninth annual Christian Elder Memorial Bike Ride will conclude in the Merchants Bank parking lot, 7300 147th Street W., at 10 a.m. Saturday. More than $37,000 has been raised so far and more is expected. The money raised will set a record.

Merchants Bank in Apple Valley has been the title sponsor and a major contributor since the ride’s inception. Merchants Bank employees and members of the public are expected to meet John Elder and members of his team as they complete their 900 mile ride winding through the scenic landscape of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The 16-day ride is made in the memory of John’s son, Christian, and benefits Kids n’ Kinship, an organization that connects children from 5-16 years old with volunteer mentors.

“This is a wonderful story, and we are proud to be involved from the beginning. John and his team inspire us all and show us how important it is to be role models for young people,” said Lawrence Stovern, Regional President of Merchants Bank in the Twin Cities. “We are humbled and honored to be involved.”

Summer Events

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

June 4 – Merchants Bank Night at Spring Grove Music in the Park, 6:30 p.m., Spring Grove.

June 6 – Caledonia Dairy Days Celebration, 12-4:00 p.m., Houston County 4-H will serve treats in the lobby at Merchants Bank in Caledonia.

June 7 - Apple Valley Christian Elder Bike Ride. Welcome Home celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. at Merchants Bank in Apple Valley.

June 8 – Trinona triathlon, Winona.

June 12 – Cannon Falls Dairy Days Celebration, 11 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Goodhue County Dairy Royalty will serve treats in the lobby at Merchants Bank in Cannon Falls.

June 12 – Red Wing Dairy Days Celebration, 12-3:00 p.m., Goodhue County Dairy Royalty will serve treats in the lobby at Merchants Bank in Red Wing.

June 13 – Hampton Dairy Days Celebration.

June 13 – Winona Steamboat Days Kiddie Parade, 10:00 a.m., Lake Park Band Shell, Winona.

June 13 – Spring Grove Dairy Days Celebration, 12-4:00 p.m., Syttende Mai Royalty will serve treats in the lobby at Merchants Bank in Spring Grove.

June 13 – St. Charles Dairy Days Celebration, 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Winona County ADA and Dairy Royalty will serve treats from the Little Red Barn.

June 15 – Winona Steamboat Days Grand Parade, 12:31 p.m., located on Broadway in Winona.

June 15 – Happy Father’s Day!

June 21 – Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Parade, 10:30 a.m., located at the corner of 80th and Jamaica Streets.

June 27 – Merchants Bank Night at Cannon Falls Bears Game, 7:30 p.m., 100 North 7th Street in Cannon Falls. Merchants Bank will provide free tickets to the game and enter for a chance to win a pair Twins tickets.

June 28 – Lewiston Heartland Days Parade, 6:30 p.m., located on Main Street in Lewiston.

June 21 – Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Parade, 10:30 a.m. located at the corner of 80th and Jamaica Streets.

June 27 – Merchants Bank Night at Cannon Falls Bears Game, 7:30 p.m., 100 North 7th Street in Cannon Falls. Merchants Bank will provide free tickets to the game and enter for a chance to win a pair Twins tickets.

June 28 – Lewiston Heartland Days Parade, 6:30 p.m. located on Main Street in Lewiston.

 

Merchants Bank and the Great River Shakespeare Festival Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday with Cake

Merchants Bank will join the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) in celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday by offering birthday cake at Merchants’ downtown Winona location from noon to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23. The public is invited.

“We are excited to commemorate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and kick-off our ‘450 Celebrate the 450th’ campaign,” said Emily Kurash, GRSF Director of Marketing and Sales. “There will be many wonderful ways for supporters and fans of GRSF to mark this milestone during the 2014 season, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to start the celebration with Merchants Bank and the entire community.”

GRSF members will be on hand to serve the cake and talk about the upcoming season. Merchants, celebrating its 139th year, has been a significant supporter of GRSF since its inception. This is GRSF’s
11th season, which will run June 26 – August 3 and will feature “Hamlet,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” Other events include free weekend concerts and educational events for all ages throughout the season.

“We value the cultural and economic contributions GRSF makes to improve the quality of life all of us enjoy across this region,” said Merchants Bank President & Chief Banking Officer Greg Evans. “We invite our neighbors in to show their support for GRSF by having a piece of cake and learning more about the coming season.”

Students and Apple Valley Booster Receive a Total of $3,360 from Merchants Bank Money Ball

Apple Valley students who made lay-ups, free throws and half-court shots during Merchants Bank’s Money Ball halftime shootout at Apple Valley High School basketball games this season earned $1,680. Because of their efforts, Merchants Bank will match the $1,680 earned and donate that money to the Apple Valley Basketball Booster Club.

“It was great fun. The students and fans alike really enjoyed the halftime shootout. We’re happy to do it and happy to match that sum to the boosters who are supporting these great high school athletes,” said Merchants Bank’s Twin Cities Regional President Lawrence Stovern.

Students signed up before each game and were chosen in a random drawing to be the Money Ball shooters at both boys’ and girls’ games. The students reached the total by receiving a $10 gift card each time a participating student made a lay-up, a $25 gift card was given each time a participating student made a free throw, and $100 in cash was given each time a student made a half-court shot. The half-court shot was a progressive jackpot and there were three big winners during the year – one for $500 by Ja’Quan Robinson, another for $300 by Mohamed Kone and $100 to another Apple Valley student.

“The best part is the kids were actually the ones who raised the money for the boosters by making the shots,” Stovern said.

Apple Valley High School Booster Club donation from Merchants Bank

Pictured from left to right: Debbie Jones (Apple Valley Basketball Booster Club), Brian Wester (Merchants Bank), Tiffany Elliot (Apple Valley Basketball Booster Club), Dale Trobroxen (Apple Valley Basketball Booster Club), Lawrence “Skip” Stovern (Merchants Bank)

Don’t Let Cabin Fever Get To You

We think February is a great time to get out and plan for the coming year. That’s why we’re going to be at a number of shows in February. We invite you to join us and tap into our knowledge as you prepare for 2014. Whether it’s a remodeling project or a new home, Merchants Bank team members will be on hand with answers for you.

Follow on our Facebook page for information on what is to come, or to recap recent events.

Feb 6: Winona Bloodmobile,  9 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Merchants Bank, downtown Winona. If you’d like to donate, please call (507) 452-4258.

Feb 7-9: Rochester Area Builders Home Show , 2/7: 3-8 p.m., 2/8: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 2/9: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mayo Civic Center, Rochester.

Feb 15-16: St. Charles Community Showcase, 2/15: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2/16: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Charles Elementary School.

Feb 21-23: Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association Home & Garden Show, 2/21: 1-8 p.m., 2/22: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2/23: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center.

Feb 22-23: Winona Better Living Show, 2/22: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2/23: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Winona Senior High School.

Feb 26-March 2: Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, 2/26: noon-9 p.m., 2/27: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., 2/28: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 3/1: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., 3/2: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center.

Feb 27: Your Keys to Home Ownership home buyer and builder seminar,  5:45-7 p.m., Merchants Bank, downtown Winona.

“10 Days of Giving” Record-Breaking Year Ends by Topping 280,000 Pounds

10DaysLogoWINONA, Minn. – Final tallies put the 25th Anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” at 280,082 pounds of food.

The total breaks down to $127,626 in cash and 24,830 pounds of food. The previous record was set in 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.

“This year’s drive was successful because we came together as a community to help people, to make sure that no one in Winona County goes hungry,” said Mark Metzler, who is co-chair of the food drive. “Most of all, we are moved by the generosity of our neighbors who have made the effort to make a difference for someone else.”

This is the 25th anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” and the 40th anniversary of Winona Volunteer Services, which benefits from the Winona contributions. The 25-year total for pounds of food collected now stands at 2,393,767.

“At Merchants Bank, we are thankful that we have the ability and employee dedication to help facilitate this drive. It really is a privilege,” Metzler said.

More than 30 area schools and child-care centers and more than 150 businesses participated in this year’s drive. For a listing of this year’s participating businesses, click here.

“10 Days of Giving” Significantly Ahead of Last Year’s Pace

Through the end of business Thursday, Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving” was at 83,748 pounds of food collected.

The number of pounds of food collected included $40,208 in cash and 3,332 pounds of food. Two pounds of food are counted for each dollar collected. Through the same time last year, 41,642 pounds of food had been collected.

“It is a tremendous start and a wonderful total to build upon,” said Mark Metzler of Merchants Bank, one of this year’s co-chairs. “The generosity of people in our community is truly amazing. It is gratifying to see that people are giving money because it allows the food shelf to do so much.”

This is the 25th anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” and the 40th anniversary of Winona Volunteer Services, which benefits from the Winona contributions.

Last year, 195,438 pounds of food was collected, the fourth highest total ever. The 24-year total is 2,113,685 pounds of food. The record collection was more than 250,000 pounds in 2009.

“As a community working together, we have the opportunity to do something special this year,” Metzler said. “What greater present could we give to those who need our help and to each other?”

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.