Merchants Financial Group, Inc. Completes Acquisition of First National Bank of Northfield

Greg Evans, President & CEO

Merchants Financial Group, Inc., the parent company for Merchants Bank, has taken ownership of the First National Bank of Northfield, according to Merchants Financial Group, Inc. President & CEO Gregory M. Evans.

Transfer of ownership took place as of close of business on Friday, August 30, according to Evans. At this time the First National Bank of Northfield will operate as an affiliate of Merchants Financial Group, Inc. until technology projects and system conversions are complete in the spring of 2020. At that time, when system conversions are complete, the bank name will change to Merchants Bank.

“First National customers should look forward to seeing the same friendly faces they’ve come to know at their local branches, including Tim Viere, who will continue to serve as President,” noted Evans. “With more than a decade of leadership at First National and 35 years in community banking, Tim truly understands the important responsibility we have as community bankers to help our communities thrive.

“It’s been a privilege to work with the First National Bank of Northfield through the change of ownership. The staff has been completely focused on taking care of customers throughout the process and that will not change as Merchants assumes ownership.”

Between First National Bank’s two locations in Northfield and loan production office in Bloomington, Merchants Financial Group, Inc. acquired $199 million in deposits, $166 million in loans and $224 million in total assets. Additionally, Merchants acquired all outstanding stock. Terms of the sale have not been disclosed.

Merchants Bank is a full service community bank. With the sale of the First National Bank of Northfield complete, Merchants now has 21 bank locations and one loan production office in southeastern Minnesota and two bank locations in west-central Wisconsin. Headquartered in Winona, MN, the Bank is the sixth-largest banking organization headquartered in the state of Minnesota with nearly $2 billion in assets.

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Rick Jaacks Joins Merchants Bank as Vice President/Commercial Banker

Rick Jaacks, Commercial Banker

Rick Jaacks has joined Merchants Bank as a Vice President/Commercial Banker, according to Randy Domeyer, Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Manager for Merchants in Winona.

“Rick’s extensive background in commercial lending will complement our already talented team,” said Domeyer. “He truly understands the personalized approach to banking that makes a difference for our business customers.”

With a banking career that spans more than 30 years, Rick brings strong experience in commercial and ag lending, treasury management and credit quality management to Merchants. He was previously a Business Development Officer for Community Bank and Trust in Iowa and has spent most of his career working for community banks. Rick is also a Small Business Administration (SBA) lending expert.

“Being a community banker is a privilege and I’m looking forward to continuing to embrace the community banking philosophy that’s been so important to Merchants Bank’s success. It’s about getting to know my customers’ individual needs and adding value as their financial partner,” said Rick.

In Iowa, Rick was actively involved with Waterloo Main Street, multiple commissions for the City of Waterloo, served as a Board Member for the North East Iowa Food Bank and looks forward to becoming involved in the Winona community as well. He and his wife, Heather, will be relocating to Winona.

The Merchants Bank Commercial Lending team is comprised of more than 40 local experts, available throughout our regional footprint. In addition to traditional commercial loans, Merchants bankers specialize in ag banking, SBA loans, floor plan financing and equipment lease financing. As a regional banking leader, Merchants can assist businesses of any size with their business financing needs, including Treasury Management and deposit services.

Merchants Bank is a full service community bank with 21 branches in southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. Headquartered in Winona, MN, the Bank has more than $1.76 billion in assets and was founded in 1875. Loans are subject to approval.

Dana Dobrunz Promoted To Personal Banking Manager

Dana Dobrunz

Dana Dobrunz has been promoted to Personal Banking Manager at Merchants Bank in La Crescent, according to Steve Christiansen, Market President for Merchants Bank in La Crescent and Onalaska.

“Dana’s passion for taking care of customers has provided her with many opportunities for growth during her career with Merchants,” said Christiansen. “In her new role, she’ll be able to share her customer service approach as a supervisor and mentor to other staff.”

Dana has been in banking for more than 25 years and began her career as a Teller with Merchants Bank in La Crescent in 1993. Since then she has been promoted to Customer Service Representative in 1998, Personal Banker in 2005 and most recently became a Consumer Lender in 2015.

“Merchants has given me so many opportunities to grow in my career and I look forward to continuing to share what I’ve learned to grow the strong team we have here in La Crescent,” said Dobrunz.

Merchants Bank is a full service community bank with 21 branches in southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. Headquartered in Winona, MN, the Bank has more than $1.76 billion in assets and was founded in 1875.