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Merchants Bank banker appointed to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on beginning farmers and ranchers


Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

ST. CHARLES, Minn. - Tim Gossman, Vice President and business and ag lender at Merchants Bank in St. Charles has been appointed to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s (USDA) Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

Gossman, who farms part-time near Chatfield, Minn., has 32 years of experience in agricultural lending, including providing training for the Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginning course, which helps new farmers throughout the Upper Midwest launch their agricultural enterprises. Gossman is currently Treasurer and past Chair of the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

“New farmers and ranchers are important not only to agriculture but for rural communities as well. I’m excited and honored to be appointed to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers,” said Gossman. “My involvement in agricultural lending and in working with community groups on new farmer challenges are experiences I can bring to this committee.”

Gossman is new to the banking team at Merchants Bank, spending the past 27 years with Root River State Bank in Chatfield.

“We are fortunate to have Tim join us,” said Jim Allen, President of Merchants Bank in St. Charles. His experience and skill are certainly an asset for us, but his real value will be to customers he serves.”

Gossman said he’s excited about the opportunity to join Merchants.

“Merchants Bank’s long history of helping the community, including the agriculture community, is very appealing to me and important to customers looking for a relationship with a community bank,” Gossman said.

The Advisory Committee provides guidance to the USDA Secretary on expanding opportunities that will help beginning farmers and ranchers. Appointees include farmers, ranchers, educators, bankers, military veterans, agency personnel and representatives from farm organizations.

The USDA is responsible for offering various credit, conservation and training initiatives, such as the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which are specifically focused on the next generation of farmers. Yet, as with many farm programs, the expired Farm Bill has left many of these programs inoperable or short of funding.

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Fillmore County Physical Therapy Ribbon Cutting

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Preston Chamber of Commerce members and City Administrator Joe Hoffman welcome Lisa Stensrud and her technician Kristina Ruud with a ribbon cutting at the Fillmore County Physical Therapy open house on December 12, 2013. Pictured from left to right a ..... 
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Area food shelves receive money from “Swipe Out Hunger”

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Merchants Bank’s “Swipe Out Hunger” Facebook giveaway has concluded with more than 1,700 votes cast to benefit area food shelves. Merchants Bank donated 5 cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card was used ..... 
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Semcac Center - comprehensive services at one location

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

Semcac Clinic has been offering family planning services to the community at 76 West 3rd Street in Winona for several years. Due to the fire in Winona earlier this fall, the staff of the Semcac Outreach & Emergency Services joined the staff at the c ..... 
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James Wendel to join Pioneer Sales Rep Agency Team

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

It is my pleasure to announce that as of December 18, 2013, James Wendel will join the Pioneer Sales Rep Agency Team as your local sales representative promoting Pioneer® brand products in the Harmony, Canton, and Mabel, Minn. areas. James will pro ..... 
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Preston Emergency Service receives grant from AgStar Fund for Rural America

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

MANKATO, Minn. – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently awarded a $2,500 grant to Preston Emergency Service through its annual Emergency Response Equipment (EMS) Grant Program. Pres ..... 
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Salvation Army Match

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Help the Salvation Army bell ringing receive up to a $1000 match! Bell Ringing in Preston will be on Friday, December 20 from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. this year if you contribute your donation on that day in Preston every dollar that you donate will be ma ..... 
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Arc Southeastern Minnesota holds Annual Awards Banquet

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

The Arc Southeastern Minnesota recently held its Annual Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting at Willow Creek Golf Course, in Rochester, Minn. on Friday, November 8, 2013. The following people were elected 2014 Officers of The Arc Southeastern Minnes ..... 
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Give to the Max Day: Presentation of award to Fillmore Central

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

Fillmore Central will again be the recipient of the challenge award between the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Spring Valley Community Foundation. The presentation will be on Tuesday, December 3 at the boys basketball game between Fillmo ..... 
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