Money Ball is at Cannon Falls High School for 4 Games in 2016-2017

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Merchants Bank’s Money Ball will be making its debut in Cannon Falls for four games during the 2016-2017 basketball season, according to Jenny Holz, who is coordinating Money Ball for Merchants Bank.

To be eligible, students sign up before halftime of the varsity game that night. Two contestants are then chosen randomly, one from 1st-5th grade and another from 6th-12th grade. Each contestant has a minute to make shots.

The 1st -5th grader wins $5 for a made lay-up, $10 for made free throw, and then if both shots have been made, the student has one chance to win $25 for a made 3-pointer. If a 3-pointer isn’t made, the money rolls over to the next game. The 6th-12th grader wins $10 for a made free throw, $25 for a 3-pointer, and if both shots have been made, the student has one chance to win $100 for a half-court shot. If the half-courter isn’t made, the money rolls over to the next game.

Money Ball will take place during high school home games:

Boys’ Games:

  • Dec. 30         New Life Academy
  • Feb. 3            Kenyon-Wanamingo

Girls’ Games:

  • Jan. 20          Kasson-Mantorville
  • Feb. 10          Goodhue

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

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 HastingsPlease 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 LanesboroPlease 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-DowntownPlease 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 ClairePlease 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 OnalaskaPlease 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 MeadowsPlease 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 PlazaPlease 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 HamptonPlease 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 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.

You’re Invited – Southeast Minnesota Economic Forum

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Are you interested in learning more about the economic development initiatives in Southeast Minnesota and the potential impact of these projects? Merchants Bank invites you to the Southeast Minnesota Economic Forum on Tuesday, September 29 as economic experts and industry executives share their economic expectations for 2016.

Featured keynote speakers for this event include:

  • Tim Penny, a former U.S Representative and now President and CEO of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
  • Steve Loehr, Vice President of Operations for Kwik Trip

In addition to the two keynotes, the Forum will host two panels to provide economic perspectives from industry experts.

“With the economic initiatives taking place in Rochester, the growth opportunities for our region are exciting and Merchants looks forward to being a part of it,” said John Doyle, President for Merchants Bank in Rochester. “Bringing area business leaders together for an event like this is something to take advantage of.”

As a banking leader in the region, Merchants is proud to partner with the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce as the pinnacle sponsor of the Southeast Minnesota Economic Forum. “Merchants is excited to continue to help businesses grow and thrive as a result of future economic developments,” said Dan Massett, Central Region President for Merchants Bank.

Reserve your spot at the forum by calling the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce at (507) 288-1122 or visiting their website.

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 29 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Rochester International Event Center, 7333 Airport View Dr. SW
Price: $30 for Chamber members, $40 for Non-members, $270 for a table of six

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140 for 140: Helping Businesses and Communities for 140 Years

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In 2015, we honor our commitment to the communities we serve with the 140 for 140 campaign, which highlights a minimum of 140 contributions we make to those communities in the form of volunteer time, education programs, event sponsorships and more.

Merchants Bank was founded July 17, 1875. Since our beginning, we have grown to 21 locations serving 18 communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. A number of our locations will also be celebrating significant anniversaries with the Merchants Bank organization in 2015: St. Charles (25 years), Apple Valley, Hastings, Hampton and Cottage Grove (15 years), Lakeville (10 years), and Spring Grove (5 years).

Since our first day, our employees have been dedicated to improving the communities they serve. We are proud to celebrate those contributions this year.

Students Can Win With Merchants Bank Money Ball in St. Charles

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Two area students will each have a chance to win a $100 Merchants Bank Visa Gift Card by making a half-court shot at half-time of the St. Charles boy’s basketball game against Rushford-Peterson on Friday, January 16.

Students will be able to register up until half-time of the game and then will be chosen randomly to take part. To qualify to take the half-court shot, the students will have to make a free-throw and a three-point shot.

“This should be great fun for the students and should also benefit our athletic programs,” said Mark Linderbaum of Merchants Bank in St. Charles.

If a student makes the free throw, three-point shot and the half-court shot, the student will be presented with a certificate to redeem for a Merchants Bank Visa Gift Card. Funds up to $200 not won by the students will be donated to the St. Charles athletic programs.

220,555 Pounds Collected in Winona

10DaysofGivingEventsFinal tallies put the 2014 “10 Days of Giving” at 220,555 pounds of food, the third highest total in the food drive’s 26-year history.

The total breaks down to $94,069 in cash and 32,417 pounds of food. The two years where more food was collected were 2013, when just over 280,000 pounds of food was collected, and 2009, when just over 250,000 pounds of food was collected. For the purposes of the total, two pounds of food are counted for each dollar. The 26-year total for pounds of food collected now stands at 2,597,782.

“We are thankful for the success of this year’s drive in supplying food for Winona Volunteer Services and helping to meet our goal that no one in Winona County goes hungry this winter,” said Jennifer Welch, who is co-chair of the food drive. “It means a lot to our employees to take part and help meet the needs of the food shelf and the people it serves.”

More than 30 area schools and child-care centers and more than 150 businesses participated in this year’s drive.

10 Days of Giving Co-Chairs Announced

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Mark Metzler and Jennifer Welch have been named co-chairs for this year’s “10 Days of Giving.”

The “10 Days of Giving” runs from December 1-10, with Merchants Bank employees helping the community collect food to benefit the food shelf programs operated by Winona Volunteer Services and the Southeastern Minnesota Rural Education & Resource Center in St. Charles.

“We hope the community will respond again to the great need,” Welch said. “We are amazed each year by how much people give to those who need our help.”

Last year, the “10 Days of Giving” set a record by collecting more than 280,000 pounds of food, putting the 25-year total at 2,377,227 pounds. Two pounds of food are calculated for each dollar brought in, although the reality shows that monetary donations often have a greater impact.

“Every year we are amazed at the generosity of the people in our area,” Metzler said.

In Winona in 2013 Winona Volunteer Services had 906 households using the food shelf each month, with another 93 households per month use the emergency food shelf. In total, an average of just over 37,255 pounds of food was distributed each month in 2013.

As in the past, Merchants will be collecting at its locations as well as schools and businesses around the area. For questions, please call Metzler at 494-0524 or Welch at 457-1108. The “10 Days of Giving” will officially kick off with a press conference at 10 a.m., December 1 at Merchants Bank in downtown Winona.

“10 Days of Giving” Raises Food and Money in St. Charles

10DaysLogoST. CHARLES, Minn. – The Southeast Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center received 3,300 pounds of food and $500 from the “10 Days of Giving,” December 1-10, at Merchants Bank in St. Charles.

Area businesses and individuals added to the total by bring food and money to Merchants in St. Charles. Also included in the total was $250 that the Southeast Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center received from “Swipe Out Hunger,” a Facebook giveaway that Merchants ran to coincide with “10 Days of Giving.” “Swipe Out Hunger” benefited food shelves throughout the region.

“We are thankful for the generosity of our neighbors, and we are grateful that we have the opportunity to help the good people at the Southeast Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center,” said Sandra Pasche of Merchants Bank.

Merchants Bank has been holding the “10 Days of Giving” for the past 25 years. This is the second year for the Facebook giveaway.