Vekich embraces reputation as ‘Mr. Fix-it’

Vekich embraces reputation as ‘Mr. Fix-it’

/ Features
Michael Vekich has become known among politicians and the press as the fix-it man, or the go-to guy. “I’ve been fixing organizations for a long time,” he said, whether it’s governmental, public, private companies or banks, as an accountant. The firm he bought in 1978 ultimately led him to practice ...
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March is for recognizing directors

March is for recognizing directors

/ Leadership
My hat’s off to all directors, especially outside directors — the folks who bring experience and knowledge from other industries ...
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Fleck brings urban flair to rural bank

Fleck brings urban flair to rural bank

/ Features
On the wall behind Fran Fleck’s home office desk in Des Moines, Iowa, hangs a quote by the late Supreme ...
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Toward a safe workplace

Toward a safe workplace

/ Features
At the beginning of February, the state of Indiana lowered the eligibility threshold for COVID-19 vaccinations to age 65. One ...
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Chronicles

First Mid buys two insurance agencies

/ Chronicles
Mattoon, Ill.-based First Mid Bancshares acquired two Illinois insurance agencies through its subsidiary First Mid Insurance Group ...
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FIBT buys Sioux Falls mortgage company

/ Chronicles
First International Bank & Trust in Watford City, N.D., is moving into South Dakota via acquisition of a mortgage brokerage ...
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Kansas law offers tax exemption for ag real estate loans, interest income

/ Chronicles
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed into law an economic recovery bill that could increase parity at the state level between ...
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Nebraska banks merging

/ Chronicles
The First National Bank of Chadron is merging with its sister charter Homestead Bank, Cozad, later this year ...
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CSBS announces 2021 priorities, personnel changes

/ Chronicles
The Conference of State Banking Supervisors wants to focus on networked supervision to help standardize regulation ...
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U.S. Bank launches new diversity initiatives

/ Chronicles
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank is adding another series of actions aimed to promote diversity and combat racial wealth inequality ...
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People

Stearns Bank launches M&A team

/ Promotions & New Hires
One Minnesota bank is setting its sights on a potentially aggressive acquisition strategy in 2021 with a three-person team dedicated ...
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Edgington named SVP retail banking

/ Promotions & New Hires
One Community Bank in Oregon, Wis., has promoted Shelley Edgington to senior vice president of retail banking ...
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Dunlap bank promotes president

/ Promotions & New Hires
Josh Gran has been named president and CEO of Community Bank in Dunlap, Iowa. He replaces Jay Randall in the ...
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Opinion

Losing sleep but not heart

/ The Economy
Revenue related to mortgage refinance is likely to be less this year than it was last year. A decline in ...
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Experts see economy taking flight with federal help

/ The Economy
We can all be excused for feeling déjà vu — 2021 does feel a little like 2009, the last time ...
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‘The best year ever’ for small banks? Not so fast.

/ Operations
The Paycheck Protection Plan drove customers and revenue to community banks in large numbers last year, leading many to see ...
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Community Relations

Cortrust donates to fire department

/ Community Relations
The Glencoe, Minn., fire department is getting a little brighter thanks to a donation from CorTrust Bank, Sioux Falls, S.D ...
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Unison Bank makes donation touchdown

/ Community Relations
North Dakota’s Unison Bank is contributing $500,000 to a football field and track renovation project for the University of Jamestown ...
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Iowa banks underwrite library building

/ Community Relations
The Marion, Iowa, public library’s campaign to raise funds for a new building has gotten a boost from a group ...
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