Enter our Halloween Coloring Contest

HalloweenColoringContest

It’s easy to enter!

  1. Color your coloring sheet
    0-5 years coloring sheet
    6-9 years coloring sheet
    10+ years coloring sheet
  2. Complete the Registration Information at the bottom of this page
  3. Drop off or mail your completed coloring sheet to your nearest Merchants Bank location by October 29 to be entered in our contest. You could win a prize!*

And, because you and all of our young savers are important to us, we’ll have a special Halloween treat waiting for you for returning your entry. We look forward to seeing you and don’t forget to tell a friend about our Halloween coloring contest!

*Please submit entries by October 29, 2014. Judging will take place on October 29, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Three age groups: 0-5 years, 6-9 years, and 10 years and older. A prize will be awarded to each age group. No purchase or customer relationship necessary to enter or win. One entry per person. Winner will be notified by telephone. Children of Merchants employees are not eligible to win.

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).

Drunken Chicken Recipe

BlogRecipe-DrunkenChicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 cut up chicken (2 breasts, 2 legs, 2 thighs, 2 wings)
  • flour
  • paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can of water
  • 2 Tbsp parsley flakes
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 Tbsp Italian dressing
  • 2 Tbsp onion, chopped

 

Directions:

Place flour, paprika, salt and pepper (to taste) in a plastic bag. Shake chicken pieces in flour mixture, to coat. Brown coated chicken in a frying pan.

Mix remaining ingredients in a roasting pan. Place chicken in roaster and spoon ingredients over chicken. Cover and roast slowly at 350 degrees for about 2 hours or until tender.

Meet Machelle Anderson, Cash Management Specalist

Machelle Anderson after a hole-in-one on the Pezhekee National golf course in Glennwood, MN.

Machelle Anderson after a hole-in-one on the Pezhekee National golf course in Glennwood, MN.

When did you start your banking career?

Machelle: I started in banking in 1978 at First National Bank in Cannon Falls. I was actually a waitress at a local café in town and one of our regulars helped me get a job at First National. I’ve had many roles during my banking career including customer service, tellering, information technology, bookkeeping and became a Cash Management Specialist when First National was acquired by Merchants Bank in 2007.

What is your top banking tip?

Machelle: I think we all need to play an active role in making sure our bank accounts are secure. It’s so important to pay close attention and monitor your accounts for fraud, especially now.

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

Machelle: My parents encouraged me to start saving at a young age. I’ve had a savings account since I was a little girl. They taught me that you can spend a little money on the “fun stuff” and still grow your savings account.

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

Machelle: I was very close to my grandmother, Irene, on my dad’s side. It would be fun to share that experience with her.

Besides money, what’s your favorite green thing?

Machelle: Golf courses! I golf a couple of times a week. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and nice weather in the summer.

If you could start your own business, what would you do?

Machelle: To be honest, I don’t think I would start my own business. I would much rather spend my time volunteering because it’s something I truly enjoy. I’m active in a few community organizations now and I would like the chance to volunteer for more organizations. I like meeting new people and trying new things.

Click here to learn more about how our Cash Management Specialists, Machelle and Tammy Johnson, can help your business.

Play Dough Recipe

BlogRecipe-PlayDoughMix:
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
1 cup salt

Add:
3 tbsp oil
2 cups cold water
1 fluid ounce bottle of food coloring

Directions:
Mix together and cook over low heat or in electric fry pan, stirring until it thickens and can’t be stirred. Remove from pan and knead. This play dough lasts a long time when it is stored in a covered ice cream pail.

Cajun Pork Chops

BlogRecipe-CajunPorkChops

Ingredients:
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. sage
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. pepper
4 pork chops
1 small onion, sliced
1 Tbsp. margarine
1 tsp. parsley flakes
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
2-3 drops hot pepper sauce

Directions:
Combine paprika, garlic powder, thyme, mustard, sage, cumin and pepper on waxed paper. Coat both sides of pork chops. Arrange chops in single layer in a baking pan. Place onion slices on top of each chop. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour.

Prepare sauce: Combine margarine, parsley, garlic powder and pper sauce in a small glass bowl. Microwave on high for 30-40 seconds, or until melted. Spoon over chops before serving. Yield: 4 servings.

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Apple Dip Recipe

Ingredients:
8 oz. package cream cheese
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
8 oz. bag Heath English Toffee bits
Apples, sliced

Directions:
Beat together cream cheese and brown sugar. Set aside for 30 minutes. Then add white sugar and vanilla and beat together. Add bag of Heath Toffee bits. Serve with apple slices.

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.