Money Ball is Back for its Fourth Year in Apple Valley

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Merchants Bank’s Money Ball is back for its fourth year, with Apple Valley students having the opportunity to participate in the halftime event 11 times during the Apple Valley boys’ varsity basketball season, according to Brian Wester, who coordinates Money Ball for Merchants Bank.

Apple Valley School District students can sign up before each game and then two students are chosen at random to participate. Each student gets one minute to make a lay-up, free throw and then a half-court shot. The student wins a $10 Chipotle gift card for a made lay-up, a $25 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card for a made free throw and $100 or more for a made half-court shot. If the half-court shot isn’t made, the money rolls over and is added to the next home game.

“It’s exciting for the students and a benefit for the basketball booster club,”said Brian Wester, who coordinates Money Ball for Merchants Bank. “Through our first three years we’ve given nearly $5,000 to students and matched that amount for the booster club.”

The full schedule for the year is as follows:

  • Dec 13 — Cretin Durham Hall
  • Dec 15 — Owatonna
  • Jan 6 — Shakopee
  • Jan 10 — Rosemount
  • Jan 13 — Prior Lake
  • Jan 26 — Eastview
  • Feb 7 — Lakeville North
  • Feb 17 — Lakeville South
  • Feb 21 — Farmington
  • Feb 28 — Eagan
  • March 3 — Burnsville

No customer relationship is necessary to enter or win. Merchants Bank employees and family members are not eligible to enter or win.

Attend our Holiday Open Houses

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Join our staff at these great events throughout December. Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page for information on these events or pictures from other events you may have missed.

11/28-12/17 Swipe Out Hunger
Vote for your local food shelf on our Facebook page to help them win a top donation of $5,000.
12/1-12/10 “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive

See how you can support local food shelves through the “10 Days of Giving” at participating Merchants Bank locations.

12/2 Caledonia Holiday Open House
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Caledonia

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.

12/2 Caledonia Winter Wonderland Parade
7:00 p.m.

Please join us on Main Street in Downtown Caledonia.

12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23 Cottage Grove Holiday Open House
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.

12/3 Goodview Holiday Lighted Parade
5:30 p.m.
6th Street in Goodview
12/8 Hastings Holiday Open House
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Hastings

Please join us for a light lunch and refreshments in our bank lobby. You may also bring food or monetary donations for the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive.

12/9 Lanesboro Holiday Open House
Until 3:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Lanesboro

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in the bank lobby.

12/9 Rushford Holiday Open House
Until 3:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Rushford

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in the bank lobby.

12/9 Spring Grove Holiday Open House
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Spring Grove

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Santa will be available for pictures between 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

12/10 Rushford Holiday Parade of Lights
7:00 p.m.

Join us for the Parade of Lights in Downtown Rushford.

12/12-12/16 Rosemount Holiday Open House
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Rosemount

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.

12/12-12/16 Winona Holiday Open House
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Winona-Downtown

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Live music will be performed throughout the day by area schools. Click here for a full schedule of musical performances.

12/15-12/16 La Crescent Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in La Crescent

Please join us for cookies, coffee and holiday spirit in our bank lobby.

12/16 Cannon Falls Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Cannon Falls

Please join us for live music, cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Click here for a full schedule of musical performances.

12/16 Eau Claire Holiday Open House
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Eau Claire

Please join us to take a tour of our new branch expansion. We will be serving cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. 

12/16 St. Charles holiday Open House
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in St. Charles

Please join us for refreshments in our bank lobby. 

12/19 Red Wing Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Red Wing

Please join us for live music, cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. 

  • 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – John Anderson, Becky Clark and Shelly Schroeder
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. – Bells of the Bluffs – BoBLiTe bell choir
12/19-12/23 Onalaska Holiday Open House
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Onalaska

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. 

12/19-12/23 Rochester Green Meadows Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Rochester – Green Meadows

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.

12/19-12/23 Rochester Northwest Plaza Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Rochester – Northwest Plaza

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. 

12/23 Hampton Holiday Open House
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Hampton

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Piano music will be performed 2:00-4:00 p.m. by Elizabeth Schriever.

Merchants Bank Money Ball is Back for 6 Games in 2016-2017

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Merchants Bank’s Money Ball will be coming back for a third year in 2016-2017, according to Kari Johnson of Merchants Bank in Rushford.

“We’re hoping students have a great time this year, just as they did the past two years,” said Johnson, who is coordinating Money Ball. “It’s a fun event for the crowd, for us and for the participants. Plus the R-P booster club benefits.”

Last year, students received a total of $920. Merchants Bank in Rushford matched that donation with another $920 to the Rushford-Peterson Booster Club, for a total payout of $1,840 during Money Ball. In the first year, a total of $640 was given to the participants and booster club, making the total payout $2,480 to date.

Student halftime participants are broken into two groups – 5th grade and younger and 6th grade and older. Participants have to register and are drawn randomly. Three participants, 5th grade and under, have 30 seconds to make shots, earning $5 for a made lay-up, $10 for a free throw, and $25 for a 3-pointer. Another three participants, 6th grade and over, also have 30 seconds, earning $10 for a made free throw, $25 for a 3-pointer and $100 for a half-court shot.

This year, the home games are:

Boys’ Games:

  • Dec.  8             Caledonia
  • Dec. 22            La Crescent
  • Jan.  26           Winona Cotter

Girls’ Games:

  • Jan. 24            St. Charles
  • Feb. 3              Caledonia
  • Feb. 17            La Crescent

Merchants Bank Offers $5 Decorative Plates to Support “Fill an Empty Plate, Feed a Hungry Child” effort and the United Way’s “Packing for the Weekend” Program

The Merchants Bank locations in Cannon Falls and Red Wing are both supporting the “Fill an Empty Plate, Feed a Hungry Child”effort that supports the “Packing for the Weekend”program of the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce counties.

Through December 24 the locations are asking customers and area citizens to help feed area children and their families by buying a $5 decorative plate The plates will be placed on a tree in the Cannon Falls lobby and will be displayed in the Red Wing lobby.

While the Red Wing office has already made a contribution to the United Way, the Cannon Falls office will match the first $500 raised through donations.

The employees of the Cannon Falls and Red Wing offices both support the United Way through individual monetary contributions and through the volunteer efforts of its employees. Red Wing Vice President Patti Robertson and Cannon Falls Vice President Kim O’Reilly serve on the United Way Board of Directors.

Merchants Bank has 21 locations, including Minnesota locations in Red Wing, Cannon Falls, Hampton, La Crescent, Winona, St. Charles, Goodview, Rochester, Rushford, Lanesboro, Caledonia, Spring Grove, and the southern Twin Cities metropolitan suburbs of Apple Valley, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Lakeville and Rosemount. Merchants has Wisconsin locations in Eau Claire and Onalaska. All banks are FDIC members and equal housing lenders. Twin Cities-based Merchants Bank Equipment Finance is also a division of Merchants Bank, N.A.

Joe Nelson Appointed to Merchants Bank Advisory Board of Directors

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Joe Nelson (right) with Tim Murphy

Joe Nelson has been appointed to the Merchants Bank Advisory Board of Directors for the Merchants Bank locations in Caledonia, Spring Grove, Rushford and Lanesboro, according to Board Chairman Timothy Murphy.

“Joe is well-known and well-respected for his commitment to the Ag industry,” Murphy said. “We think his addition on our Advisory Board will provide our Banks with greater insight into how to best provide financial solutions for those we serve in our area.”

Nelson and his wife Barb own and operate the Lanesboro Sales Commission and the Decorah Sales Commission.

“We see a great number of people in the area, and they share with us what’s important to them. I think having that knowledge will be a help to the Board,” Nelson said.

Nelson grew up on a family farm north of Canton, MN, and attended Mabel-Canton High School and the University of Minnesota. The Nelsons live north of Mabel, MN, where they raise registered Simmental and Angus cattle and have a diversified crop operation, in addition to their work in Lanesboro and Decorah.

“We’re proud to provide a fair and competitive market for livestock buyers and producers in a four-state area,”Nelson said.

Merchants Bank has 21 locations, including Minnesota locations in Rushford, Lanesboro, Caledonia, Spring Grove, Winona, St. Charles, Goodview, Rochester, La Crescent, Cannon Falls, Red Wing, Hampton, and the southern Twin Cities metropolitan suburbs of Apple Valley, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Lakeville and Rosemount. Merchants has Wisconsin locations in Eau Claire and Onalaska. All banks are FDIC members and equal housing lenders. Twin Cities-based Merchants Bank Equipment Finance is also a division of Merchants Bank, N.A.

Debit Card Customers have been Reissued EMV Chip Cards

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All current Merchants Bank MasterCard Debit Cards have been reissued as EMV Chip MasterCard Debit Cards. Cards were mailed the last week of October and first week of November. You are encouraged to activate and use your new card(s) by the end of November. All existing (non-chip debit cards) will be deactivated as of December 1.

Why the change to chip technology? With this change, you’ll be able to take advantage of the security features of EMV chip technology, which can help prevent fraudulent transactions.

What is an EMV chip card?
The term “EMV” stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa – the original developers of chip cards. These cards increase the security of in-person transactions by generating a one-time use code that can only be read by a register enabled to read chip cards. The code is created from the small chip on the front of your card and is hard to counterfeit, which prevents fraud.

Is paying with a chip card different from paying with my other cards?
Yes, making a payment with a chip card is slightly different than the card transactions you are used to. Instead of swiping your card at the register, you’ll simply follow these instructions:

Step 1: Insert the chip end of your card into the terminal with the chip facing up.

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Step 2: Keep the card in the terminal during the transaction and follow the prompts on the screen.

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Step 3: Take your card when prompted. It’s that easy!

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Do all stores accept EMV chip cards?
Not yet, but the trend is growing. You can still make a purchase at a store that does not yet accept chip cards by simply swiping to pay.

What happens if I swipe my EMV chip card instead of inserting it into the register?
The terminal will display a message asking you to insert your card instead.

If I don’t have a Merchants Bank Debit Card, how can I request a debit card with chip technology?
Just send us an email to let us know you’re interested. If you’d like to learn more about EMV chip technology, contact the Customer Service Representative at your local Merchants Bank.

If you are a business and would like to accept EMV cards, contact our Credit Card department.

Chicken Tortilla Soup From The Merchants Family Cookbook

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Ingredients:

  • 4 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz.) chicken broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, undrained
  • 4 tsp. fresh cilantro, snipped (use dried if you can’t find fresh)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 thick slices fresh lime (optional)
  • 1 small container light sour cream

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut tortillas into 1/2-inch strips. Bake 7-8 minutes or until crisp. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch pieces. Cook chicken with a little vegetable oil (spray or liquid) for 3 minutes. Add onion, garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir in broth, tomatoes and chilies. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Snip cilantro. Place tortilla strips into bowls and top with soup, cheese, cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream. Cut a 1/4-inch lime slice and place on bowl’s edge. Serve. Can be served with cornbread sticks or bread sticks.

 

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