Merchants Bank in St. Charles Launches 30th 10 Days of Giving

10 Days of Giving

Merchants Bank in St. Charles will once again partner with the Hometown Resource Center and area schools to help those in need during the 10 Days of Giving food drive, December 1-10.

“We are fortunate to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 10 Days of Giving this year with a wonderful partner in the Hometown Resource Center,” said Merchants Bank’s Sandra Pasche, who is coordinating this year’s drive. “I’ve been overwhelmed each year by the generosity of this community and I’m sure this year will be no exception.”

The Hometown Resource Center provides assistance to those in need in the St. Charles area. Students in the St. Charles area will be asked to provide donations of non-perishable food items and monetary donations. Additionally, individuals and businesses in the St. Charles area are being encouraged to make donations. Donations can be placed in barrels Dec. 1-10 (barrels will be picked up Monday, December 10) at these locations:

  • Merchants Bank
  • Charles Day Care
  • Charles Elementary School
  • Charles High School
  • Matthews Community Preschool

Cash donations are preferred because they allow the Hometown Resource Center to buy the products it needs the most. Monetary donations can be brought or mailed to Merchants Bank in St. Charles, 1130 Whitewater Avenue.

The 10 Days of Giving food drive is an annual community collaboration between Merchants Bank in St. Charles and the Hometown Resource Center to make sure no one in St. Charles goes hungry each winter. Since 1989, the drive has collected thousands of pounds of food and helped thousands of people in the area. In addition to the St. Charles drive, other Merchants Bank locations partner with their respective local food shelf in a similar effort. To learn more about the 10 Days of Giving in your area, visit www.merchantsbank.com/10daysofgiving.

Merchants Bank in Hastings Launches Ninth 10 Days of Giving

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Merchants Bank in Hastings will once again partner with Hastings Family Service (HFS) and area schools to help those in need during the 10 Days of Giving food drive, December 1-10.

Last year, with help from Merchants Bank, 2,747 pounds of food and $16,657.37 in monetary donations were collected from students and community members to help Hastings Family Service.

Much of the food is collected during the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visit to Hastings, scheduled this year for Sunday, December 9 at 8:30 p.m. at the Canadian Pacific Depot, 500 East Second Street. While all donations are appreciated, monetary support can have a maximum impact with Hastings Family Service being able to purchase 70 pounds of food with just $10.00.

“Each year it is a privilege to work alongside Hastings Family Service to help those in need during the holiday season and beyond,” said Bruce Goblirsch, President of Merchants Bank in Hastings.

Area residents are encouraged to drop off monetary donations and non-perishable food items for the 10 Days of Giving at Merchants Bank in Hastings, 1525 Vermillion Street. Checks can be made payable to the “10 Days of Giving.”

The 10 Days of Giving food drive is an annual community collaboration between Merchants Bank in Hastings and Hastings Family Service to make sure no one in Hastings goes hungry each winter. Since 1999, the drive has collected thousands of pounds of food and helped thousands of people in the area. In addition to the Hastings drive, other Merchants Bank locations partner with their respective local food shelf in a similar effort. To learn more about the 10 Days of Giving in your area, visit www.merchantsbank.com/10daysofgiving.

Ham and Cheese Quiche

Ham & cheese quiche

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup Bisquick
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika

Directions:

Sprinkle ham, cheese, broccoli, onion and green pepper over the bottom of a greased 10-inch quiche pan or glass pie dish. Set aside.

Place Bisquick in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour Bisquick mixture over ingredients in quiche pan. Sprinkle with paprika.

Bake in a preheated 375° oven for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in center of quiche comes out clean.

 

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

Congratulate New and Promoted Staff

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New Staff

AmiotTony Tony Amiot, Document Transaction Coordinator, Merchants Bank Equipment Finance
Alyssa Anderson Alyssa Anderson, Teller, Cottage Grove
Larissa Andrist Larissa Andrist, Teller, Rochester
Stacey Boelter Stacey Boelter, Mortgage Loan Processor, Winona
Ann Burrow Ann Burrow, Administrative Assistant and Customer Service Representative, Onalaska
Rebecca Decker Rebecca Decker, Trust Associate, Winona
DodsonKristin Kristin Dodson, Teller, Lakeville
Brice Eggert Brice Eggert, Loan Servicing Representative, Winona
Jordan Frederick Jordan Frederick, Commercial/Ag Banker, Winona
Nick Haugen Nick Haugen, Computer Operator, Winona
Karla Johnson Karla Johnson, Loan Servicing Representative, Winona
Nick Moon Nick Moon, Commercial Consumer Evaluation & Appraisal Specialist, Winona
Wendy Murphy Wendy Murphy, Loan Servicing Representative, Winona
Kayla Pronschinske Kayla Pronschinske, Custodian, Winona
SheltonTim Tim Shelton, Teller, Winona
Maija Trenary Maija Trenary, Teller, Hastings
ZiermanAnn Ann Zierman, Document Transaction Manager, Merchants Bank Equipment Finance

Transfers and Promotions

DeGeorgeJennifer copy Jennifer DeGeorge, Assistant Vice President, Secondary Market Mortgage, Winona
Dan Nistler Dan Nistler, Market President, Rochester

Fraud Alert: Craigslist Scam – Sellers Beware

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We’ve recently seen an increase in the Craigslist Scam. This is when a buyer for an item listed online sends a check for more than the asking price of the item. The fraudster will ask the seller to deposit the check and then send the extra money back.

For example, you sell a car on Craigslist for $1,000 and the purchaser sends you a check for $3,000, asking you to send them the remaining $2,000 cash back.

This is a red flag that the check is fraudulent. The fraudster hopes that the fraudulent check will be deposited, and seller will send their legitimate money back. In the past weeks we’ve seen many fraudulent cashier’s checks.

Please be wary of checks for more than the asking price of the item. Should a check be deposited into your account and that check is found to be fraudulent, the amount of that check will be debited from your account.

If you think you’ve been sent a questionable check, visit your nearest Merchants Bank. We can help.

Pumpkin Dip Recipe

Pumpkin dip recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 15 oz. can pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Directions:

Mix cream cheese and sugar together and beat until smooth. Add pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger. Beat until well combined. Serve with apple slices and ginger snaps.

Cooks note: Recipe can be cut in half by using a 3 oz. package cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 can pumpkin.

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