Iowa banker goes a long way close to home

Rachel Nesheim, president and CEO of First Community Bank, Newell, Iowa, modestly goes about the business of making the bank a pillar of her ag-based community. As a lifelong resident of Newell, the first woman at a 99-year-old, $58 million bank to become a lender and an executive, and a vocal advocate for her industry, it might also be said that Nesheim has gone a long way without needing to go far.

In the early 1970s, Nesheim was commuting from Newell to Buena Vista University in Storm Lake to pursue a degree in biology.

“At least banking . . .

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