Instincts, education help Minnesota banker

 Gail Mikolich’s banking career started with an internship at Northeast Bank in Minneapolis, where she still works today. But it began in earnest with a decisive discussion about her first big promotion, to a supervisory role in bookkeeping.

Tom Beck, the bank’s president and Mikolich’s longstanding mentor, “was a little uncertain because I was pretty young to become the supervisor of a department,” Mikolich said. He suggested a trial period and said that if the 23-year-old Mikolich “did okay” she would receive the promotion and a raise. “I said, no, you . . .

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