Chronicles

Ag stays positive but concerns lie ahead

The Rural Mainstreet Index posted its seventh straight month above growth neutral, marking a return to brighter days. Concerns about drought and inflation, however, are beginning to surface in the central states dependent on ag and energy. The RMI index decreased to 70.0 from last month’s record high 78.8, and just under half of the bank CEO respondents reported that their local economy expanded between May and June. [Continue]

WBA honors banker’s dozen

The Wisconsin Bankers Association honored twelve current and former bankers for their achievements in community service and civic engagement. [Continue]

Blending tech with the human touch at TrailWest

When Rich Zins, president of TrailWest Bank, Lolo, Mont., received an email congratulating him on receiving the “Best Small Bank” designation, “I was expecting it to come with a solicitation as many of these types of things do. I was quite pleased to learn that the designation was legitimate.” [Continue]