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Bridging the agriculture financing gap

/ Features
Donna Swanson, a vice president and area manager based out of Story City, Iowa, spoke to BankBeat about how ARM helps ag bankers solve the problem ...
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Speakers positive on U.S. economy; share thoughts on election, concerns for security

/ Meeting Coverage
Frank Kelly, founder and managing partner at Fulcrum Macro Advisors, told bankers attending the Minnesota Bankers Association annual summit June ...
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The traits of a great leader: Emotional Intelligence

/ Leadership
As a leader, it is our job to adjust our approach to get the most out of our teams. The ...
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The rent vs. buy debate in the current housing market

/ Opinion
After renting throughout my 20s, my thoughts have turned increasingly to homeownership as I begin my 30s ...


Southern Illinois banks to merge

/ Chronicles
Salem, Ill.-based Community Partners Savings Bank will acquire Granite City, Ill.-based Guardian Savings Bank later this year, according to local ...

High mortgage rates, building costs continue to stifle confidence

/ Chronicles
Mortgage rates remaining in the 7 percent range along with high construction costs continued to limit builder sentiment this month.  ...

Confidence low as rural economy down for 10th straight month

/ Chronicles
Underwhelming ag commodity prices and farm export numbers paired with a drop in farm equipment sales over the past several ...

Bowman: Regulators should be more open to innovation

/ Chronicles
Bank regulators must be more receptive to innovation while maintaining their commitment to safety and soundness, said Federal Reserve Gov ...

Industrial production, manufacturing output increased in May

/ Chronicles
Industrial production and manufacturing output increased 0.9 percent in May, according to the Federal Reserve ...

Alerus to open Fargo branch next year

/ Chronicles
Fargo, N.D.-based Alerus expects to open a 25,000-square-foot branch in the city next year.  ...


Alerus adds equipment finance team

/ Promotions & New Hires
Grand Forks, N.D.-based Alerus Financial Corp. expanded its specialty lending capabilities by adding a team focused on equipment financing for ...

Ixonia Bank announces new executive

/ Promotions & New Hires
Steve Clark joined Ixonia Bank, Wis., as senior vice president and director of treasury management.  ...

Horicon Bank appoints Werner to board

/ Directorships
Horicon, Wis.-based Horicon Bank appointed David Werner to its board of directors ...


Don’t let yourself be held back by a fear of failure

/ Opinion
Trying to eliminate every single kind of failure is a recipe for stifling innovation and development ...

SCOTUS decision could bring more accountability to legal process

/ Opinion
Legal experts are expecting the Supreme Court to announce soon that it is overturning the 1984 Chevron vs. Natural Resources ...

The chatbot Golden Rule: Never tell a lie

/ Technology
If a community bank is considering adopting generative AI tools, especially ones capable of handling fairly complex customer interactions, it ...

Community Relations

One Community Bank awards three scholarships

/ Community Relations
Oregon, Wis.-based One Community Bank recently awarded scholarships as part of its annual program. The 2024 Scholarship Application launched in ...

Wisconsin’s Security Financial Bank awards 10 scholarships

/ Community Relations
Durand, Wis.-based Security Financial Bank awarded 10 recent high school graduates with $500 scholarships to further their education ...

Prevail Bank shreds 31,000 pounds of paper, donates nearly $12K

/ Community Relations
Medford, Wis.-based Prevail Bank collected and shredded more than 31,000 pounds of paper as part of this year’s community shred ...