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.

November Events

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For more information on upcoming events, visit our Facebook page. 

11/17 Cottage Grove Open House and Ribbon Cutting
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with Ribbon Cutting at 1:00 p.m., 
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Help us celebrate the Opening of our new Cottage Grove location at 8479 East Point Douglas Road S. Light refreshments will be served. 

11/28-12/7 Swipe Out Hunger

Vote for your local food shelf on our Facebook page to help them win a top donation of $5,000. Voting opens on Monday, November 28 at 12:00 p.m.

September Events

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9/15: La Crescent Applefest Open House
During regular business hours
At Merchants Bank in La Crescent

Merchants Bank staff will be serving locally-grown apples, apple cookies and coffee in the bank lobby.

9/16: Spring Grove Windshield Washing Fundraiser
2:00-6:00 p.m.

At Merchants Bank in Spring Grove

Join Merchants Bank for a Window Washing Fundraiser to support the Spring Grove Ambulance! Merchants will donate $5 for every car windshield washed from 2-5 p.m. Visit the Merchants drive-thru in Spring Grove for your FREE window washing and help support a great cause!

9/16: Cannon Falls Customer Picnic
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Cannon Falls

Our staff will be grilling hot dogs and serving refreshments in the Bank parking lot.

9/16: Apple Valley Customer Appreciation & One Year Anniversary
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Apple Valley

Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of our move to Glazier Avenue. In our lobby, staff will be serving breakfast from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

9/18: Applefest Parade
1:00 p.m.
At Elm & Main Streets in La Crescent, MN

Merchant Bank staff will be collecting food and cash donations during the parade. Please consider supporting the La Crescent Food Share Program with a donation.

9/21: Winona Economic Summit
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tau Center – Winona State University West Campus

Join several speakers, including Phil Gwoke from BridgeWorks and Doug Loon from the Minnesota Chamber, for a morning focusing on the theme of Future Growth Demands Response to Workforce.

9/23: Bomber Spirit Night
5:00-6:30 p.m.
At John Burch Park in Cannon Falls

The Cannon Falls Education Foundation invites you to Bomber Spirit Night. Enjoy a spirit night event prior to the football game vs. the La Crescent Lancers. Food, games, and more!

9/30: Battle for the Apple Football Game
7:00 p.m.
At Eastview High School

Join our staff for the city’s high school rivalry football game.

9/30: Lakeville North vs. South Football Game
7:00 p.m.
At Lakeville South High School

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

July & August Events

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For more information on upcoming events, visit our Facebook page.

7/4 Eitzen Family Fun Fest Parade
12:00 p.m.
Main Street in Eitzen, MN 
7/6-7/10 Winona County Fair
St. Charles, MN
Merchants Bank staff will be providing free golf cart rides around the fair grounds.
7/9 Pan-O-Prog Parade
5:30 p.m.
Holyoke Avenue in Lakeville, MN
 
8/3 Lanesboro Community Picnic
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Slyvan Park in Lanesboro, MNMerchants Bank staff will be serving hamburgers and refreshments.
7/15-7/17 Merchants Bank Weekend at the Great River Shakespeare Festival
Winona, MNGet discount tickets for any Great River Shakespeare Festival play showing July 15-17. Use the code MerchBank2016 (case sensitive) when ordering tickets online at grsf.secure.force.com/ticket, by phone (507-474-7900 ) or email (boxoffice@grsf.org).
7/16 Rushford Days Parade
7:00 p.m.
Home Street in Rushford, MN
 
7/17 Hastings Rivertown Days Parade
12:00 p.m.
Hastings, MN 
7/21 Hampton Community Appreciation Picnic
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Hampton City Hall Community Room in Hampton, MN
Merchants Bank staff will be serving dinner – featuring a pulled pork sandwich, potato salad and refreshments.
7/27 Rosemount Community Appreciation Picnic
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Rosemount, MNAs a part of Rosemount’s Leprechaun Days celebration, the Merchants Bank staff will be grilling hot dogs and serving refreshments in the Bank parking lot.
7/30 Leprechaun Days Parade
11:00 a.m.
Rosemount High School in Rosemount, MN
8/7 Buffalo Bill Days Parade
1:30 p.m.
Parkway Avenue and Beacon Street in Lanesboro, MN 
8/7 Red Wing River City Days Parade
1:00 p.m.
Downtown Red Wing, MN 
8/10 Winona Community Picnic
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Jaycees Pavilion, Winona Lake Park in Winona, MN
Bring your friends and family for a picnic and games. Tickets are $4 per person and can be purchased at any Merchants Bank-Winona location.
8/19 Goodview Days Kiddie Parade
10:00 a.m.
5th Street in Goodview, MN
 
8/19 Goodview Community Appreciation Picnic
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Goodview
As a part of the Goodview Days celebration, we will be serving brats, ice treats and refreshments in our parking lot.
8/21 Goodview Days Grande Parade
1:00 p.m.
6th Street between 38th and 51st Avenue in Goodview, MN 
8/25 St. Charles Eagles Cancer Telethon Fundraiser
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in St. CharlesCome for a lunch including hot dog, potato chips and a pop. All proceeds benefit the Eagles Cancer Telethon.
8/28 Gladiolus Days Parade
1:00 p.m.
7th Street near Fire Department in St. Charles, MN
 

Come See Us at These Home and Garden Shows

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Stop by and see us at the Merchants Bank booth at the following Home and Garden Shows this Spring.

3/5-3/6 Winona Better Living Home and Builder Show
At Winona Senior High School

Show Hours
Saturday, March 5: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 6: 11:00 a.m. – 1: 00 p.m.

3/12 Landscape, Home Expo and Consumer Showcase
At Lakeville North High School
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3/15-3/16 Agri-News Farm Show
At the Olmsted County Fair Grounds
Graham Areas 1 & 2
Show Hours
Wednesday, March 15: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 16: 9:00 a.m. – 4: 00 p.m.
4/7 Builders Association of the Twin Cities Builders and Remodelers Show
At the Minneapolis Convention Center Hall E
2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
4/16 Cottage Grove Area Chamber Business Showcase
At the Cottage Grove Ice Arena
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Merchants Bank Offers Money Ball at Red Wing High School Basketball Games

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Red Wing area students will have a chance during the 2015-2016 high school basketball season to earn prizes with Merchants Bank’s Money Ball.

Money Ball will be offered at two boy’s games: December 11 vs. Mankato West and February 6 vs. Austin. Money Ball will also be offered at two girl’s games: January 22 vs. Rochester Century and January 29 vs Albert Lea.

At each game, one student will be chosen at the 1st-5th grade level, and one student will be chosen at the 6th-12th grade level. Students will sign up before each game and be chosen before halftime.

For the 1st-5th graders, the chosen student will have one minute to try as many times as needed to make a lay-up and a free throw. The student must make the lay-up before attempting the free throw. If the student makes both the lay-up and free throw in the time allotted, the student will have one attempt at a three-point shot. The student wins $5 for a lay-up, $10 for a free throw and $25 for a three-pointer. If a three-pointer is not made, the money will roll over to the next game.

For the 6th-12th graders, the chosen student will have one minute to try as many times as needed to make a free throw and a three-point shot. The student must make the free throw before attempting the three-point shot. If the student makes both the free throw and three-point shot in the time allotted, the student will have one attempt at a half-court shot. The student wins $10 for the free throw, $25 for the three-point shot and $100 for the half-court shot. If a half-court shot is not made, the money rolls over to the next game.

Merchants Bank will match the money won by the students with a donation to the Red Wing Booster Club.

No purchase or customer relationship necessary to enter or win. One entry per person per game. Drawing will be held and participants will be announced at halftime of this game. Employees of Merchants are not eligible to win.