Shift into banking becomes lifesaving move

Shift into banking becomes lifesaving move

/ Features
Chris Lee traveled a lot when he worked for accounting firm Eide Bailly. Criss-crossing North Dakota in a car brandishing Future Farmers of America license plates, his boss Darrell Lingle in the passenger seat, a young Lee chatted politics, family and weekend plans ­— the most important things to him ...
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Rising to meet unprecedented challenges

Rising to meet unprecedented challenges

/ Features
In late March, community bankers were handed what seemed an insurmountable task: To design and implement processes to execute the ...
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North Dakotan embodies empathetic leadership

North Dakotan embodies empathetic leadership

/ Features
Though Jeremy Skoglund is a North Dakotan, he’s always been a Cubs fan. As a baseball player growing up, he ...
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#QuickTakes: Jeremy Skoglund

#QuickTakes: Jeremy Skoglund

/ #QuickTakes
Jeremy Skoglund, a 2020 Rising Stars in Banking honoree, talks about the role mentors have played in his career, the ...
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Chronicles

Park Financial buys rest of Mesaba Bancshares

/ Chronicles
Duluth’s Park Financial bought the rest of Mesaba Bancshares two years after it initially purchased a non-controlling interest from founder ...
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Indiana CU to buy bank

/ Chronicles
Heritage Federal Credit Union in Newburgh, Ind., has agreed to buy The Elberfeld State Bank, with the deal set to ...
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Supreme Court: President can fire CFPB director at will

/ Chronicles
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that the current structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ...
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Rural Mainstreet Index ticks up for June

/ Chronicles
The Rural Mainstreet Index for June climbed to 37.9, well below growth neutral, but up from May’s 12.5 and April’s ...
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CBI completes Walcott buy

/ Chronicles
Muscatine, Iowa-based CBI Bank & Trust completed its acquisition of Walcott Trust & Savings Bank over the weekend ...
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Heartland buys branches in Arizona

/ Chronicles
An Arizona subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA in Iowa is buying branches from Johnson Financial Group, Racine, Wis ...
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People

Bank Iowa cofounder passes away

/ Obituaries
Harry Barr, who cofounded Bank Iowa in 1976 with a pair of business partners, passed away July 1 at the ...
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MidWestOne taps former Old National exec to lead bank

/ Promotions & New Hires
Iowa’s MidWestOne Financial Group named Len Devaisher as president and chief operating officer for both the holding company and MidWestOne ...
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German American retools executive team

/ Promotions & New Hires
As part of a succession plan, German American Bancorp in Jasper, Ind., will reshuffle its executive team, including creation of ...
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Opinion

Who was the intended PPP target?

/ Regulation
Who were the intended PPP grant recipients? At first, it was any company with fewer than 500 employees but then ...
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Diverse hiring is not inclusion

/ Leadership
“Diversity is inviting people to the dance; inclusion is asking them to dance,” said Shirley Davis, president of SDS Global ...
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#QuickTakes: Brad Lane

/ #QuickTakes
Brad Lane, chair of the Iowa Bankers Association, describes how the pandemic has impacted the state's ag industry especially livestock ...
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Community Relations

F&M Bank helps local businesses, nonprofits

/ Community Relations
Galesburg, Ill.-based F&M Bank is committing $20,000 to help local small businesses and nonprofits ...
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Mattoon bank hands out grants

/ Community Relations
The First National Bank in Mattoon, Ill., has awarded grants to local organizations totaling $20,000 ...
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Bank Iowa crowdsources donation destinations

/ Community Relations
Bank Iowa, Des Moines, announced the recipients of its first-ever crowdsourced community give back program, Helping Hand ...
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