Hope to See You at these Upcoming Parades and Summer Events

Save the Date - Upcoming Events

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

Now through 6/7 Dairy Days and Beef Month in Caledonia and Spring Grove
Lobby Hours
Merchants Bank in Caledonia and Spring GroveJoin us for beef and cheese sticks in our lobby. We salute our area beef and dairy farmers.
Now through 6/7 Community Appreciation Open House in Apple Valley
Lobby Hours
Merchants Bank in Apple Valley

Please join us in our lobby for:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for refreshments and coffee
  • Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for sub sandwiches from Jersey Mike’s
  • Friday for a reception at 11:45 a.m. celebrating the riders from the 14th annual Christian Elder Memorial Bike Ride.

    Panino sandwich lunch by Panino Brothers served 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

6/12 Spring Grove Music in the Park
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Viking Memorial Park

Merchants Bank staff will be serving dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. A BBQ pork sandwich, chips, cookie and a beverage will be $5, or a hot dog, chips, cookie and a beverage will be $3. All proceeds will benefit Music in the Park. Root River Jam will perform at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

6/15 29th Annual Pancake Breakfast in Winona
7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Merchants Bank in Winona-Downtown

$5.00 per person • $18.00 per family • Children 5 and under FREE. Held rain or shine. Open to the public. Includes pancakes, sausage links, ham, hash browns and a beverage.

6/16 Winona Steamboat Days Parade
12:01 p.m.
Broadway Street in Winona, MN

Watch for us in the parade!

7/13 Lakeville Pan-O-Prog Parade
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Holyoke Avenue in Lakeville, MN
Watch for us in the parade!
7/21 Hastings Rivertown Days Parade
12:00 p.m.
Ramsey Street in Hastings, MN
Watch for us in the parade!
7/30 Caledonia Music in the Park
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Gazebo Park

Merchants Bank will be serving Fat Pat’s pulled pork. We hope to see you there!

8/2 Community Appreciation in Cottage Grove
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove

We’ll be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, Culver’s frozen custard, chips and refreshments in our parking lot.

8/15 Community Appreciation in Hampton
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Hampton
8/16 Community Appreciation in Goodview
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Goodview

As a part of the Goodview Days celebration, we’ll be serving brats, chips, ice cream and refreshments.

8/18 Goodview Days Grande Parade
1:00 p.m.
6th Street between 38th and 51st Avenue in Goodview, MN

Watch for us in the parade!

8/22 Community Appreciation in La Crescent
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in La Crescent

We’ll be serving hamburgers, bratwursts, hot dogs, chips and refreshments in our parking lot.

8/23 St. Charles Hot Dog Fundraiser
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in St. Charles

Hot dogs, chips and soda will be served for $4 and you’ll receive a FREE ice cream treat. Proceeds will benefit St. Charles Area Community Foundation.

8/25 St. Charles Gladiolus Days Parade
1:00 p.m.
7th Street to Whitewater Ave in St. Charles, MN

Watch for us in the parade!

Merchants Bank to Acquire The First National Bank of Northfield

Greg Evans, Merchants Bank President & CEO and David Shumway. First National Bank of Northfield CEO

Merchants Bank and The First National Bank of Northfield have reached a definitive agreement for Merchants to acquire the Northfield banking institution, according to Gregory M. Evans, President & CEO of Merchants Financial Group, Inc. and Merchants Bank, N.A. The agreement is subject to regulatory agency approval, but it is fully expected that the deal will close before year-end 2019.

Hear Greg Evans & Rick Etsenson of First National discuss the agreement on the KYMN Morning Show with Jeff Johnson.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to be joining the Northfield community and continuing The First National Bank’s tradition of high quality customer service and community involvement,” said Evans. “We are also humbled by the stewardship responsibility that comes with ensuring First National’s legacy with its customers and in the community will continue to be nurtured and never forgotten.”

Both First National Bank and Merchants Bank have rich histories of service in their respective communities in southeastern Minnesota. First National was chartered in Northfield in 1873, and Merchants’ history began in Winona in 1875.

“There are tremendous challenges today for smaller community banks, so we made the strategic decision to find the right partner to provide broader financial services and technology tools that will be expected by our customers well into the future,” said David Shumway, CEO for The First National Bank of Northfield. “We know Merchants is the right partner, and our due diligence identified Merchants as an organization absolute in its commitment to shared values of community leadership and strong service culture.”

The First National Bank of Northfield has $207 million in assets, $157 million in loans (plus an additional $60 million in sold loan participations) and $183 million in deposits. Internationally recognized as the bank that defeated Jesse James in 1876, First National Bank operates out of two branches in Northfield and a loan production office in Minneapolis.

Under the terms of the agreement, Merchants Financial Group, Inc. will acquire all of the outstanding stock of The First National Bank of Northfield in an all cash transaction. The amount of the sale was not disclosed.

Merchants Bank is a full service community bank with 21 branches in southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. Headquartered in Winona, MN, the Bank is the fifth-largest banking organization headquartered in the state of Minnesota with more than $1.76 billion in assets.

Hope to See You at these Upcoming Events

Save the Date - Upcoming Events

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

2/22 – 2/24 Chippewa Valley Home and Garden Show at the Eau Claire YMCA Indoor Sports Center

Show Hours
Friday, February 22: 1 -8 p.m.
Saturday, February 23: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 24: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Come visit us at our booth to say hello!

3/9 Lakeville Landscape & Home Show/Consumer Showcase at Lakeville North High School

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come visit us at our booth to say hello!

3/16 Rosemount Home and Business Expo at the Rosemount Community Center

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come visit us at our booth to say hello!

4/25 Picnic 4 the Pets
Hosted by Merchants Bank in Winona at Minnesota State College Southeast

3:30-6:30 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of food, fun and four-legged friends!

4/25 Caledonia Community Appreciation
Merchants Bank in Caledonia

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Please join us for hamburgers and refreshments!

4/26 Spring Grove Community Appreciation
Merchants Bank in Spring Grove

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Please join us for hamburgers and refreshments!

4/27 Cottage Grove Spring Showcase at Park High School Activity Center

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Come visit us at our booth to say hello!

Meet Dave Engstler, Consumer Banker at Merchants Bank

Dave Engstler, Consumer Banker

How long have you been with Merchants?
Dave: More than 15 years. In that time, I’ve always been a Lender with Merchants and always in our Rochester Green Meadows office.

What is your top banking tip?
Dave: Live within your means.

What’s one thing your mom or dad taught you about money?
Dave: Basically, save first.

If you won the Powerball, what’s the first thing you would do?
Dave: I would make sure my son had enough money for college.

Besides money, what’s your favorite green thing?
Dave: I really like pine trees. In Northern Minnesota, it’s pine trees and water. I love that part of the state…just smell and the fresh air.

Hope to See You at our Holiday Events in December

Save the Date - Holiday Open Houses

Join our staff at these great events. Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page for information on these events or pictures from other events you may have missed. You can also RSVP to the Holiday Open Houses via our Facebook Events page.

Fridays in December Cottage Grove Holiday Open House
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove
Please join us for cookies and refreshments. We will also be collecting monetary donations and toiletry items for the 10 Days of Giving to support the Friends in Need food shelf.
12/3 – 12/7 Rushford Holiday Open House
Lobby Hours
Merchants Bank in Rushford
Please join us for cookies and refreshments. We will also be collecting monetary donations and non-perishable food items to support the Semcac Food Shelf.
12/3 – 12/7 Lanesboro Holiday Open House
Lobby Hours
Merchants Bank in Lanesboro
Please join us for cookies and refreshments. As part of Christmas in Fillmore County, we will be accepting toy donations in our lobby.
12/7 Hastings Holiday Open House
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Hastings
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our lobby. We will also be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to support the 10 Days of Giving food drive benefiting Hastings Family Service.
12/7 Caledonia Holiday Open House
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Caledonia
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/7 Caledonia Winter Wonderland Parade
7 p.m.
Downtown Caledonia
Find yourself surrounded by holiday spirit at the Winter Wonderland Parade in Caledonia. Hot chocolate and cookies with Santa will follow the parade in Gazebo Park.
12/7 St. Charles Holiday Open House
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in St. Charles
Please join us in our lobby for cookies and refreshments. We will also be accepting donations for the 10 Days of Giving food drive benefiting the Hometown Resource Center.
12/8 Rushford Christmas Wonderland Parade of Lights
7:00 p.m.
Downtown Rushford
Rushford comes alive with the Spirit of the Holidays! Have a night of family fun beginning with the Parade of Lights, followed by a visit with Santa, hot chocolate and cider, cookies, and caroling at the Rushford Fire Hall. Please bring monetary donations for the Semcac Food Shelf.
12/8 Winona Holiday Lighted Parade
5:30 p.m.
6th Street in Goodview
Enjoy the dazzling lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus and refreshments at Merchants Bank in Goodview. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Elks Lodge to greet children. Please bring monetary gifts or non-perishable food items for the 10 Days of Giving food drive.
12/14 Eau Claire Holiday Open House
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Eau Claire
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our lobby.
12/14 Spring Grove Holiday Open House
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Spring Grove
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our lobby. Santa will join us from 12 – 2 p.m. for photos.
12/17 – 12/21 Onalaska Holiday Open House
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Onalaska
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/17 – 12/21 Winona Holiday Open House
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Winona
Please join us for cookies, refreshments and music in our bank lobby.
12/17 – 12/21 Rochester Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank locations in Rochester
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our lobbies.
12/19 – 12/24 Red Wing Holiday Open House
Lobby Hours
Merchants Bank in Red Wing
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our lobby. We will also be collecting hats and mittens to donate to those in need in our community.
12/20 Cannon Falls Holiday Open House
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Cannon Falls
Please join us in our lobby for cookies, refreshments and live music. We will have a variety of holiday musical guests including: St. Pauls Lutheran School Choir, Cannon Falls High School Flute Choir, Jane Bracken, Shelly Schroeder and John Anderson.There will be live holiday music in the lobby throughout the day: 11:00 a.m. – St. Paul’s Lutheran School Choir; 1:00 p.m. – Cannon Falls High School Flute Choir; 2:00 p.m. – Holiday music featuring Jane Bracken on piano; 3:00 p.m. – Holiday Music featuring Shelly Schroeder on flute and John Anderson on guitar
12/20 – 12/21 La Crescent Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in La Crescent
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our lobby.

Grandma Helen’s Cut-Out Cookies

Cut out cookies recipe

Cut-out cookies are a favorite at Christmastime. Here’s a recipe you’re sure to love!

Cookies:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup lard
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups thick sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda (mixed into sour cream)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 cups flour

Mix first 8 ingredients well, then add flour. Roll and cut-out. Bake at 300 degrees. Watch carefully, don’t let the bottoms get brown. When they look a little tan, pull them out of the oven. Makes 6 dozen cookies, depending on size of cut-outs.

 

Frosting:

  • 1 stick of butter (in cereal bowl)
  • Pour milk until halfway up butter (I know, grandmas’ recipe!)
  • Microwave for 2 minutes, stop every 45 seconds to stir. Add:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla

Blend with mixer. If it is too thick, add milk; if too runny, add powdered sugar. Split into separate bowls to add food coloring as desired.

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.