Creative meeting spaces appeal to today’s customers

Creative meeting spaces appeal to today’s customers

/ Features
It will really be music to his ears if Mark Bragelman hears, “We’re meeting in The Vault.” The president and CEO of Liberty Bank Minnesota in St. Cloud, who doubles as the town’s lead concert promoter, thinks a creative new community meeting space entered through a vault door will be ...
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Colorado bank promotes financial literacy through hands-on education

Colorado bank promotes financial literacy through hands-on education

/ Financial Literacy
It would be unthinkable for the typical community bank to have a negative 6.23 percent return on assets. For one ...
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Card skimming, cloning on the rise and hurting banks

Card skimming, cloning on the rise and hurting banks

/ Regional Meetings
One day before Mike Burke, a robbery and crisis management consultant with Shazam, spoke to bankers in Des Moines about ...
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Bank owners wrestle with incorporation question

Bank owners wrestle with incorporation question

/ Regional Meetings
The late December tax law changes have sparked a debate about whether bankers in subchapter S institutions should convert to ...
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Chronicles

OCC, CFPB fine Wells Fargo $1 billion over auto loan and mortgage practices

/ Chronicles
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency fined Wells Fargo $500 million over risk management, auto loan and mortgage ...
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Iowa’s First National in Ames to acquire Clarke County SB

/ Chronicles
First National Bank, Ames, Iowa, announced April 19 it has reached an agreement to acquire Clarke County State Bank in ...
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Deal gives QCR entry into Springfield, Mo. market

/ Chronicles
QCR Holdings, Inc., of Moline, Ill., is purchasing the Springfield, Mo.-based Springfield Bancshares, Inc., the holding company of Springfield First ...
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People

Minnesota banker responds to need for physicians in rural Midwest

/ Profiles
The United States is facing a crisis in rural health care. In the next decade, demand for physicians is projected ...
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Foresight Financial names new president

/ Promotions & New Hires
Linda Heckert has been named president and chief executive officer of the State Bank of Davis, Rockford, Ill. Heckert was ...
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CRE expertise highly valued at Minnesota community bank

/ Directorships
When Steve Huston, president and CEO of Bankwest, Rockford, Minn., invited Greg Ebert to join the bank’s board, Ebert responded ...
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Opinion

When ‘Big Data’ becomes actionable data

/ Opinion
“Big Data” is more than just the trend du jour. Banks that are leveraging the power of big data (data ...
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Spring is the season to prune credit portfolio. Grab your shears!

/ Opinion
I have long been an advocate for “pruning and planting” in the credit portfolio. Now, the notion of “planting” is ...
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Beware the dreaded ‘deconversion fee’

/ Operations
Making sure you have the best technology solutions in place for your community bank is tough enough.  Making a change ...
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Community Relations

Bell Bank extends giving program to professional soccer team

/ Philanthropy
Bell Bank, Fargo, N.D., announced on April 17 it is entering into a 10-year partnership with the Minnesota United FC, ...
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Peoples Bank funds annual scholarship at Valparaiso University

/ Philanthropy
Peoples Bank, Munster, Ind., is funding the Peoples Bank Scholarship at Valparaiso University for students with financial need. Starting next ...
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Minnesota bank helps indigenous veterans overcome transportation challenges

/ Outreach
Stearns Bank, St. Cloud, Minn., donated $108,000 to Wounded Warriors Family Support. The money will be used to help Native ...
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