Perseverance, hard work put Minnesota banker on community’s pulse

"Never, never — in nothing great or small, large or petty — never give in,” Winston Churchill said.

Lynn Olson attributes her success to Churchill’s philosophy, which was instilled in her by her mother. “My parents just really taught us about hard work and dedication. It really is the reason why I’m successful now,” Olson said.

At age 30, Olson is vice president in charge of Great Northern Bank’s $80 million commercial lending portfolio in St. Michael, Minn. Olson is a 2008 selection for NorthWestern Financial Review’s Rising Star recognition.

“Ms. Olson is a respected banker and one . . .

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