Cheer on your high school football team and more at these October events!

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10/3 Lakeville North vs. South Football Game: 7 p.m.
Join our staff for the city’s high school rivalry football game. Stop by our tailgate party where we’ll be serving food with all the proceeds going to local high school athletics.
10/21 Eau Claire Business Expo: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Stop by and visit our friendly staff at our booth.
10/21 Red Wing Business Expo: 4-6:30 p.m.
Stop by and visit our friendly staff at our booth.
10/25 Halloween on Main
Bring your kids to Merchants Bank-St. Charles for tricks and treats at this pre-Halloween event.
10/30 La Crosse Chamber Business Expo: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Stop by and visit our friendly staff at our booth. Free chair massages available.
10/30 Events & Adventures: 8:30 a.m. doors open, 9:30 a.m. movie begins
Winona 7 Theatre Movie Day
Join us for a free movie and light breakfast. Free will donations will be accepted for the 10 Days of Giving Food Drive. Please RSVP to Jen by Monday, October 27 (507-457-1108 or jewelch@merchantsbank.com).

New Staff Here to Help You

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At Merchants Bank, we are happy to welcome new employees and celebrate new positions filled by current staff. These frontline employees are all looking forward to serving you. Take a moment to congratulate them.

Theresa Anderson has joined Merchants Bank as a Peak Time Teller for our Twin Cities locations. Theresa also works as a Paraprofessional at Rosemount High School. Theresa recently got married and is a proud mom of three wonderful children and four dogs. She enjoys bowling, cribbage and fishing.

Serguei Barylo has joined Merchants Bank as a part-time Teller in Lakeville. Serguei also works as a Personal Care Attendant at Integra Health Care. Serguei is originally from Sochi, Russia and is currently attending St. Cloud University. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and staying healthy by going to the gym.

Kristen Borseth has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in La Crescent. Kristen also works at Kwik Trip and Justice and previously worked at Centurylink. She enjoys horseback riding and has owned horses for eight years. She and her boyfriend love camping on the river, taking boat rides, fishing and snowmobiling. Kristen is a huge Badger fan and enjoys attending as many games as possible.

Nate Birkholz has joined Merchants Bank as a Trust Department Manager/SVP. Nate is an attorney with 14 years of Wealth Management, Estate Planning and Tax experience. He has worked at accounting firms, law firms, Wells Fargo Private Bank, and most recently as the Trust Department Manager at Eastwood Bank. His areas of expertise include personal wealth management, endowment fund management and retirement planning.   He grew up in the Winona area and has two children, a son and a daughter. When not at work, he can be found cheering on his kids at soccer fields or basketball courts.

Emalee Bluhm has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Rosemount. Emalee previously worked as a Customer Service Representative at Massage Envy and as an Assistant Manager at Snap Fitness. Emalee has been a dancer for 16 years and graduated high school from the Perpich Center for the Arts. She is now attending Normandale College where she is completing her general education credits.

Markell Jorgensen has joined Merchants Bank as a Mortgage Loan Coordinator in Rosemount. Markell previously worked Wells Fargo and US Bank. She enjoys spending time on the boat fishing and spending time reading. She has two pitbulls.

Rodney Nelsestuen has joined Merchants Bank as a Chief Information Officer/SVP. Rodney previously worked at Eastwood Bank as the Vice President of Information Technology. He has been in the financial services industry for his entire career. Rodney is married to Diane and both are enjoying their time as empty nesters.

Haley Schultz has joined Merchants Bank as a part-time Teller in Winona. Haley is currently attending Winona State University majoring in Marketing and Statistics. She previously worked as a Barista at Winona Health and a Courtesy Clerk at Winona Hy-Vee. She enjoys running and doing cross-fit.

Andrea Senset has joined Merchants Bank as a part-time Teller in Rochester. Andrea previously worked as a Cashier at TJ Maxx and as a front desk assistant at RAC. Andrea is currently studying massage therapy at the Minnesota School of Business. She enjoys spending time outdoors, playing Frisbee golf and fishing. Her favorite activity is hiking in Whitewater State Park.

Shawna Whalan has joined Merchants Bank as a part-time Teller in Winona. Shawna is also currently working at as Pub Server at Cedar Valley Golf. She is studying accounting at Winona State University. She enjoys being active outside and spending time with her family and friends.

John Diersen Joins Board of Directors

DiersenJohnWell-known local Dairy Farmer John Diersen has been appointed to the Merchants Bank in Caledonia and Spring Grove Advisory Board of Directors, according to Matt Schuldt, President for Merchants Bank in Caledonia and Spring Grove.

“John is a valuable addition to the Board. He brings us a lot of knowledge about farming and the ag community, especially the dairy industry,” Schuldt said. “Plus, he’s about improving the community. He and his family give a lot back and are a big part of our area.”

Diersen is looking forward to giving his time and knowledge to the Board.

“I want to be able to contribute to the Board, not just be someone sitting in a chair,” Diersen said. “I’ll be able to provide input as far as farming, helping to pinpoint what to look for when it comes to the business of agriculture.”

Diersen, 62, farms with his wife, Karyl, and two sons, Joshua and Jayson, at Minnigan Hills Farm outside of Caledonia. The farm has been in the family since John’s grandfather. Currently, they farm 500 acres and milk between 135 and 150 Holsteins. Diersen is involved in the embryo business with three other local dairymen in Four Cal Genetics. The Diersens have also been involved in the American Dairy Association for many years and take a lead role in the Houston County Fair. John is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and has served on the board of directors at the church.

New Tellers and Lending Assistant Here to Help You

 

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At Merchants Bank, we are happy to welcome new employees and celebrate new positions filled by current staff. These frontline employees are all looking forward to serving you. Take a moment to congratulate them.


Jen Bartok
has joined Merchants Bank as a Lead Teller in Lakeville. Jen previously worked at TCF Bank as a Branch Supervisor/Banking Sales Rep and at US Bank as a Personal Banker. Jen is a graduate of St. Catherine University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management.

Mollie Brink has joined Merchants Bank as a Commercial Lending Assistant for the Winona-Downtown location. Mollie previously worked at Winona National Bank as a Lead Teller. She has a Human Resources and Management degree from Winona State University. Mollie is married to Ryan and they have an adorable four month old daughter Addyson and dog Casper. In her spare time, Mollie likes to go camping, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Judy Kromrey has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Winona. Judy previously worked at Winona National Bank as a Senior Teller. She and her husband, Stef have been married for 31 years and have two children, Melissa and Nate. They also have one grandchild, Marcus who manages to keep them very busy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and going on walks.

Alicia Redman has joined Merchants Bank as a part-time Teller in Red Wing. Alicia has worked in the retail industry for the past 15 years and most recently at JCPenny as a Jewelry Sales Associate. She was also an assistant coach for the Red Wing High School track team for five years. Alicia received her Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Alicia and her husband reside in Red Wing and have three children.

Nate Birkholz Will Lead the Merchants Bank Trust Department

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Nate Birkholz has joined Merchants Bank as Trust Department Manager/SVP.

Nate Birkholz has joined Merchants Bank as Senior Vice President and Trust Department Manager, according to Greg Evans, President and Chief Banking Officer.

“Nate is a valuable addition to our current team of Trust experts. He is an attorney with nine years of estate planning, tax and business experience. He brings significant knowledge of wealth management to this role, as well as a passion for building relationships,” said Evans.

Birkholz was the Trust Department Manager at Eastwood Bank in Rochester for the past two years and was also previously a Trust Officer for Wells Fargo. Before his time with Wells Fargo, Birkholz practiced law for seven years for two firms, including Wendland Utz of Rochester. He spent much of his childhood growing up in Winona and is looking forward to relocating to the area with his wife, son and daughter.

“I have fond memories of Winona and am excited to build relationships with community members and businesses in all the markets Merchants services,” Birkholz said. “I look forward to sharing the Merchants Bank story and the services the Trust Department offers.”

Birkholz is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law. He received his undergraduate degrees from Minnesota State University in Mankato and Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato.

Merchants Bank Hires New Information Technology Leader

Rodney Nelsestuen has joined Merchants Bank as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Rodney Nelsestuen has joined Merchants Bank as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Rodney Nelsestuen has joined Merchants Bank as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, according to Sue Savat, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

“Rodney’s expertise in planning, implementing and managing technology services will be a benefit to our customers. With his leadership, Merchants will focus on technology that best fits the needs of our customers and company operations,” said Savat.

Nelsestuen has been in the financial services industry for his entire career, including most recently at Eastwood Bank as the Vice President of Information Technology. He also has experience as a consultant for global financial institutions and technology companies.

“Merchants’ top priority is customer service and satisfaction. I look forward to contributing to that culture of service by bringing a sharper focus to technology services and the Information Technology team,” said Nelsestuen.

Nelsestuen graduated first in his class from the Graduate School of Banking in Madison. He holds a graduate certificate in Information Systems Management from the Keller Graduate School of DeVry University in Milwaukee and Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts from Hamline University in St. Paul. He received his Master in Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Net Income Ahead of Plan and Last Year for the First Half of 2014

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CEO Rod Nelson reports a net income of $6,335,210 for the first six months of the year for Merchants Financial Group, Inc.

Merchants Financial Group, Inc. (MFGI) reported net income of $6,335,210 for the first six months of the year. The income is both ahead of plan and ahead of last year’s income of $6,104,872 for the first half of the year, according to MFGI President & CEO Rod Nelson.

Nelson pointed out that MFGI has continued its focus on credit quality and has experienced significant loan growth. Mortgage activity, while not at the levels of the past several years, also contributed positively to growth.

“Our growth was excellent across our entire organization. All of our regions finished the first half of the year above plan,” Nelson said. “I believe it is a direct result of the service-oriented approach that all of our employees embrace when interacting with our customers and co-workers.”

Nelson said that as he looks forward to the remainder of the year, he expects continued strong performance, including achieving planned income for the last six months of the year.