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07 Mar
In the March edition of Northwestern Financial Review, the publication announced that Steve Burggraf was named an “Amazing Outside Director." The publication created the award to honor bank directors who are known for going above and beyond. As...
01 Mar
Even if you're staying on track with your New Year's resolutions, every small-business owner has to prepare for tax season. The major deadline may be a month or two away, but it will approach faster than you think. Here are a few tips to think about...
01 Mar
You can find Linda Levens working as a teller in Minnesota Lakes Bank’s Mound location. She enjoys helping customers with their banking, taking care of their transactions, and conversing with them. Her favorite part of the job is the social aspect...
16 Feb
Once you start receiving your first paychecks after graduation, knowing how to spend or save your money wisely can be tough. While you may be able to do your banking with just a few taps on your phone, managing money well is much more complicated....
09 Feb
Most teenagers probably won't leap at the prospect of learning about personal finance on their own. That's why it's important to take the time to teach them smart money management. To get the conversation started, here are seven topics worth...
30 Jan
Minnesota Lakes Bank announced that David M. Krause has been hired as President of Minnesota Lakes Bank and will reside in the Delano office. Krause replaces former Market President, John Poling, who retired from Minnesota Lakes Bank effective...
27 Jan
Even if saving has never been your thing and money is tight, the coming of a new year is an opportunity to change old financial habits. Here are some ways to become a more efficient saver. 1. Budget Budgeting helps you organize your finances so you...
01 Dec
Most observers believe that 2016 was a good year economically for the Minnesota Lakes Bank home communities of Delano, Mound and Buffalo, and the bank’s senior lenders agree with that analysis. “We’re forecasting strong loan growth for 2017,” said...
01 Dec
The Wilcox family doesn’t believe that simply having the right last name qualifies you for being an executive in its banking operation.  After spending two and a half years as a credit analyst at Grand Rapids State Bank and Minnesota Lakes Bank,...
25 Nov
“Christmas in July” is the name of a movie in which a man called Jimmy is tricked into believing he's won $25,000 in a national radio contest. (It's from 1940, but the point remains.) He promptly goes out and blows his winnings on a shopping spree....
22 Nov
In the first six months of 2016, police in Europe cataloged 492 explosive attacks on ATMs (automatic teller machines), up from 273 attacks for the same period in 2015. The European ATM Security Team reports that 110 involved solid explosives, while...
21 Nov
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones for a satisfying meal and kick off the holiday season. If you pay current prices for your menu items, though, you could blow a chunk of your holiday budget before you even get to the pumpkin pie. Use...
18 Nov
Minnesota Lakes Bank went through a customer information system conversion in 2016. During the six-month project, to help build some team spirit in the midst of what was hard work for everyone, employees were granted Casual Jeans Day every Friday....
02 Sep
“To me, our Customer Appreciation Day is a way to connect one-on-one with customers, neighbors and friends.”  With those words, John Poling, Minnesota Lakes Bank president, outlined the value proposition for what has become an annual event. This...
01 Sep
MnDOT says all three groups should practice safety ST. PAUL, Minn. - There is an increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic around schools starting this week as students across the state head back to school. The Minnesota Department of...
19 Aug
Awareness and Basic Cyber-hygiene are Critical. Eddie Bauer, an outdoor apparel retailer based in Bellevue, Washington, has warned customers that point-of-sale malware infected its retail store systems for "various dates" over a six-month period...
18 Aug
It is clear that every home Lake Country Builders has built or remodeled is tailored to each homeowner’s individual style. What these homes have in common, though, is a sense of responsibility to the environment, which is what distinguishes this...
09 May
After months of planning and week after week of long days of intense focus on learning new ways of doing things, the Minnesota Lakes Bank team is on the cusp of rolling out its new core information system.  The new system will be operational Monday...
09 May
For anyone concerned with maintaining information technology network security, a recent report from Verizon on data breaches is not good news. In a story published by the Information Security Media Group, the new Verizon 2016 Data Breach...
09 May
Ellie Jerde is the head teller at Minnesota Lakes Bank’s Delano office. The biggest part of this job is helping customers, and that work comes in many shapes and sizes.  “As head teller, I’m required to do a lot of account balancing,” explained...

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