Pawlenty, Kashkari offer echoing assessments of reg relief likelihood

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari addressed bankers gathered Aug. 10-12 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Bloomington for the 55th annual convention of the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota. Both relayed similar messages about a consensus on the necessity for reg relief but skepticism about the likelihood of it coming any time soon.

“There is a consensus in Washington,” said Pawlenty, CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable. “They can’t always act on it, but at least they have a sentiment that community bankers, first of all, are very valuable, and second of all, need relief in terms of regulation,” he said. “The details of that and what form that takes is still a work in progress, but there is certainly political across-the-aisle consensus around it. [Continue]

ICBM Chair finds similarities between banking, radio

Scott Wakefield, president of First Minnesota Bank, Mayer, Minn., became chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota at the group’s 55th annual convention Aug. 9-12 at the JW Marriott Hotel next to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. [Continue]

Bank Midwest supports healthcare foundation

Spirit Lake, Iowa-based Bank Midwest donated $10,000 to the Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation to help bring vital state-of-the-art screening equipment to residents of the Iowa Great Lakes area. [Continue]