A 10-year track from farm to bank presidency

Pat Artz decided to hit the road after college. More specifically, the North Dakota State University graduate began what he now calls a “nomadic” existence as a custom harvester. Each year he trekked south from his home acreage in North Dakota to Oklahoma, whence he operated a combine for farm clients all along the 800-odd-mile stretch.

Artz managed this harvesting operation for several years before deciding he needed a sideline, something that offered health insurance, for instance. In 1997 he sold his combine (but held on to his own farm) and went to work at the State Bank . . .

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