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Merchants Bank receives partnership award from Mortgage Insurer MGIC


Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Mortgage insurance leader MGIC recently presented Merchants Bank with its Partnership Award, which recognizes a business partner for loyalty, superior business quality and leadership in the mortgage industry.

Merchants Bank’s Vice President of Mortgage Operations Robert Dougherty accepted the award from MGIC’s Senior Vice President of Field Operations Cheryl Webb and Lead Account Manager Elyse Mitchell. MGIC is based in Milwaukee and provides mortgage insurance for about 1 million homes.

“It means a lot to our organization that we rose to the top of what MGIC was looking for in a partner. The award really celebrates the work of our entire company, including our exceptional sales force, as well as the operations area,” Dougherty said. “It’s been a great partnership for both of us. We really appreciate their continued work in educating our operations and sales teams.”

Merchants Bank’s Mortgage Operations area provides service and support for the mortgages written by Merchants Bank employees at the Bank’s 21 locations, as well correspondent mortgage services for about 210 community banks across Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and North and South Dakota. More than 45 Merchants Bank employees support the Mortgage Operations area.

Merchants Bank has 21 locations nearly $1.4 billion in assets. Minnesota locations include Winona, St. Charles, Goodview, Rochester, Caledonia, La Crescent, Spring Grove, Cannon Falls, Red Wing, Rushford, Lanesboro and Hampton, as well as the southern Twin Cities metropolitan suburbs of Apple Valley, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Rosemount and Lakeville. Wisconsin locations include Onalaska and Eau Claire. The “flagship” Merchants Bank in Winona was founded in 1875. Merchants Bank is a member FDIC and equal housing lender. Merchants Capital, the company’s leasing arm, is based in the Twin Cities. The ownership of Merchants Financial Group is made up of its employees and approximately 400 shareholders, mostly individuals and families from southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin.

Loans are subject to credit approval.

Preston Area Community Foundation dinner, auction to be held March 24

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Area Community Foundation will hold its 8th Annual Dinner, Auction & Celebration on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Branding Iron Supper Club in Preston, Minn. Social Hour will be hosted from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 ..... 
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March is Minnesota Food Share Month

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. In 2012, more than 8,500 people per day used a food shelf in Minnesota. During 2013, Sem ..... 
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Schieber joins the Law Office of Richard Nethercut

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

1982 marks the last time a new attorney began to practice law in Harmony, Minn. That was the year a young Dick Nethercut joined George Frogner and George Plowman in their practice. Not long after, Nethercut found himself the only lawyer in town and ..... 
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Dairyland Power adding solar energy resources

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

LA CROSSE, Wis.— Dairyland Power has signed an agreement with Minnesota-Three, LLC, to purchase the renewable energy produced by a planned large solar facility, to be located along U.S. Highway 52 north of Rochester, Minn. The new solar installa ..... 
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Lanesboro jewelry artist receives Minnesota State Awards Board Grant

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

Award winning jewelry designer and goldsmith Michael Seiler of Crown Trout Jewelers, Lanesboro, MN has been awarded an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in the area of Visual Arts. Seiler will purchase studio equipment that ..... 
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The third annual March Meltdown Winter Carnival for Habitat for Humanity is just around the corner!

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

Make plans to come to Wheeler’s Bar and Grill in Harmony on Saturday, March 1 for the March Meltdown festivities. New this year everything begins at 4 p.m. and FREE carnival games for the kids and those who are young at heart. ECFE will be helpi ..... 
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An update on the Lanesboro water situation

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

Lanesboro is currently experiencing freezing water pipes throughout town. The city will continue to work to restore water service to affected homes and busiensses. However, outages may continue to occur. The City is asking everyone to please turn ..... 
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Spring Valley florist receives recognition as an FTD premier florist

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.- Carol, Jacob and Jered Gehling from Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral have recently been designated as an FTD Premier Florist. This elite recognition is only available to top quality florists that are a part of the 100 year-old ..... 
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