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APRIL HOMETOWN HAPPENINGS

AS YOUR HOMETOWN BANK, WE WANT TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF ALL THAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR GREAT COMMUNITIES!

4/1: Pasta Bar Fundraiser at St. Francis Convent, 4:30pm-7pm

4/1: Great River Arts Theater "Over the Buffalo"

4/1: Great River Arts Petite Picassp Clay: Flying Birds

4/1: Great River Arts Mini Monet Clay: Peacock Tea Light

4/1: Spring is in the air, Vendor - Craft Show at Royalton American Legion, 10am-3pm

4/7: Great River Arts Theater "Over the Buffalo"

4/8: Great River Arts Theater "Over the Buffalo"

4/8: Great River Arts Free Art 2nd Saturday: Stacked Birds, 11am-12:30pm

4/8: Great River Arts: Ukrainian Egg Dying with Rubinski Works, 12pm-2:30pm

4/8: "Seeds of Kindness" Luncheon at St. Francis Hall, 9:30am-12pm

4/8: RHS Spring Carnival, 9am-12pm 

4/11: Great River Arts Runway Ready Teen Fashion Workshop, 4pm-6pm 

4/12: Great River Arts: Charmed Earrings, 6:30pm-8:30pm 

4/14: LFMS & LFHS No School

4/14: Royalton No School 

4/14: SRR No School 

4/15: Great River Arts Mini Fashion Trashion Workshop, 12:30pm-2pm 

4/15: Great River Arts: Full of Hope, 6:30pm-8:30pm

4/15: LF No School

4/18: TAX DAY!

4/18: Great River Arts Runway Ready Teen Fashion Workshop, 4pm-6pm

4/19: Great River Arts: Art Bar 39 Full of Hope, 6:30pm-8:30pm

4/21: Minnesota Fishing Museum - Fishing with the Pros at Falls Ballroom, 5pm-10pm  - For more information call Minnesota Fish Museum (320)616-2011

4/22: Earth Day - Get out and help clean up your community!

4/23: Happy Teaching Kids to Save Day

4/24: LF HS/MS Conferences 

4/25: Great River Arts Kids, Camera, Action!! Lego Lesson, 4pm-6pm

4/27: Bethel Lutheran Church Pasty Dinner, 5pm-7pm - For more info call 320-632-2316 

4/28: Arbor Day - Don't forget to brighten up our community by planting a tree



Community Banking Month

The month of April marks the celebration of Community Banking Month. On behalf of Pine Country Bank, I want to thank the Little Falls community for trusting us to meet your everyday banking needs. It is a privilege to provide personalized services for our customers and do it responsibly.

I want to take this opportunity to recognize Pine Country Bank employees as well as all the other dedicated professionals who work in independent, locally owned banks across our state. Together, we strive to not only serve our customers but also reinvest in our local communities. That makes me proud to say I’m a community banker.

Community banks are the “model citizens” of the financial services industry and have been a focal point for progress by providing the financial backbone that towns and cities need to ensure growth.

At Pine Country Bank, our business model is based on relationships with our customers and community—that’s why we are “Your hometown bank.” If you want to be treated as more than an account number, I encourage you to visit one of our branches and learn what community banking truly means. What better time to do so than Community Banking Month.

Sincerely,

Rob Ronning

President Pine Country Bank



Diane Korver - April Employee of the Month

 Diane Korver is April ‘Employee of the Month'

Treating customers with kindness, respect and doing all she can to help them comes naturally to Diane Korver. She works as a receptionist at Pine Country Bank in Little Falls.

That is why she is so surprised to be chosen as the “Employee of the Month” for April by the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s a very humbling experience. I guess when you love something as much as I do to help customers, it’s so easy to do,” she said.

It is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Rob Ronning, president of Pine Country Bank.

“Diane understands what customer service is and is always willing to give 100 percent to help out our customers,” Ronning said.

Receptionist Diane Korver, greets her customers, like John Faust, with a smile and is always ready to help them with their needs.

Read More About Diane Korver

 



Chad Van Beck - New Senior Lender

We are proud to announce that Chad Van Beck has joined the bank as a Senior Lender specializing in Ag and Commercial Credit at our Rice branch. His first day with the bank was April 6, 2017. 

Rob Ronning, President of Pine Country Bank feels that Van Beck is a great addition to Pine Country Bank’s Commercial Lending team, stating "With Chad’s rich experience in lending and knowledge of our communities and local industries, I know our customers will be in good hands. He believes in local banking as much as we do so he’s a great fit for Pine Country Bank." 

Van Beck has 24 years of financial experience in the area. He started as an intern and held several positions including Senior Lender and Business Lending Manager overseeing a team of Lenders. 

He enjoys lending because he gets to interact with people and be a part of their success. He has a degree in Finance from St. Cloud State University. Van Beck says, "I like the way Pine Country Bank does business and helps people, it’s that hometown bank feel that I was attracted to. They stay focused on our local communities and that’s the type of organization I want to be with." 

Van Beck grew up in Greenwald, just south of Melrose, and currently, lives on Big Birch Lake with his wife and four kids. He sits on the Stearns County Dairy Advisory Committee, Central Minnesota Dairy Profit Team Executive Board and Millwood Township Board. 

He enjoys hunting, fishing, water sports, sporting events and spending time with his family. 

Contact Chad today by emailing him at chadv@pinecountrybank.com or by calling: (320) 393-4200 



May Hometown Happenings

AS YOUR HOMETOWN BANK, WE WANT TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF ALL THAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR GREAT COMMUNITIES!

5/4: Great River Arts Open Mic Night, 7pm-9pm

5/6: Great River Arts Petite Picasso Clay: Coiled Snakes, 10:30am-11:30am

5/6: Great River Arts Mini Monet Clay: Dragon Hatchlings, 12pm-1:30pm

5/6: Greater Minnesota 2 Cylinder Annual Field Day & Swap Meet

5/6: 5th annual Dam Walk (all proceeds go to the Epileptic Foundation), 1pm - For more information contact Ranee 584-8263

5/7: Greater Minnesota 2 Cylinder Annual Field Day & Swap Meet

5/10: Great River Arts: Window Necklace, 6:30pm-8:30pm

5/11: Linden Hill - Lemonade Concert on the Hill, 4:30pm-7:30pm

5/13: Great River Arts Free Art 2nd Saturday: Comic Books, 11am-12:30pm

5/13: Full Moon Party at the Shoppes of Little Falls, 10am-6pm - For more information call 320-639-0155 

5/14: Linden Hill Mothers Day Brunch on the Hill, 11am-1pm 

5/18: Linden Hill - Cooking Class and Evening in Tuscany, 5:30pm-8pm 

5/19: Great River Arts: Dreams of Summer, 6:30pm-8:30pm 

5/19: Pine Grove Zoo Harry Potter Night, 6pm-8pm  

5/19: Rice Area Chamber of Commerce citywide clean up from 9am-3pm - Contact Cassie at 320-632-5425 for more information. 

5/20: Lindbergh Historic Site 90th anniversary celebration of the trans Atlantic flight

5/20: Rock 'n Run 2017, 8:30am-12pm

5/21: Lindbergh Historic Site 90th anniversary celebration of the trans Atlantic flight

5/23: Linden Hill - Cooking Class and Evening in Tuscany, 5:30pm-8pm 

5/24: Rice Area Chamber of Commerce social hour at the American Legion, 4:30pm-6:30pm - Contact Cassie at 320-632-5425 for more information

5/25: Little Fall Senior Center Silent Auction & Bake Sale - For more information contact 320-632-8009

5/26: Morrison County Animal Humane Society - Fur Ball, 7pm-11:55pm -  For tickets, to donate or for more information please call 320-632-0703 

5/26: Royalton Graduation

5/28: Little Falls Graduation

5/29: Pine Grove Zoo - Critter Encounters 

5/30: Pine Grove Zoo Animal Enrichment Presentation

5/30: Memorial day - No School for Royalton, Little Falls, and Sauk Rapids-Rice

5/30: SSR Graduation 

5/31: Pine Grove Zoo C.H.O.M.P. 



Say Farewell to Bill Garber This Week

On March 24, Bill Garber, Vice President of Pine Country Bank, will retire. The bank encourages customers and friends to stop in to the Little Falls branch this week to say goodbye and wish him well.

"Bill has been a wonderful asset to Pine Country Bank and has left quite an impression with the people he has helped and worked with over the years. He will be greatly missed. From all of us at Pine Country Bank, we wish you the very best in your retirement,” said Rob Ronning, President of Pine Country Bank.

A farewell from Bill:

“Many of you know I will be retiring on Friday, March 24th.  In retrospect, I could not have scripted a more enjoyable career even if I were an Academy Award winning screen writer.  My mother told me that I decided to be a banker when I was eight years old.  I was fortunate to have a few banking mentors in Anchorage, where I grew up.  I was able to attend a university that not only had a finance department at the undergraduate level, but also an option in banking.  When I was in college the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin offered Money and Banking in their Economics departments, and Principals of Financial Management in their Business schools.  So Oregon was a special place for what I wanted to be and do.  

For nearly 46 years I have been blessed to help people and entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.  Although I only have one child, I have many “babies” in the communities I have worked.  These babies were ideas someone had for a new or expanded business that we helped get through the startup phase and achieve abundant success. This is often referred to as the Wonder, Blunder, Thunder and Plunder stages:

Wonder: can I do it
Blunder: make every mistake possible and survive
Thunder: everything you do turns out well, you grow, make a lot of money, and build a very solid business
Plunder: In the end you take out everything you can to build your personal nest egg, but hopefully leave something so you can sell for a nice gain

There are not too many people who have been fortunate enough to not only know what they wanted to do at an early age, but be allowed to do it for so many years.  

Over the years, I have had the privilege to work with many wonderful colleagues, professionals, organizations and customers.   And with the support my wonderful Bride, Jo Ann, I could fully engage with the communities we have served.  This allowed me to meet and work with so many amazing folks that I will now miss seeing on a regular basis.

I have been with a number of organizations over my career and, for the most part, enjoyed my time with each of them.  PCB is special to me because we are truly allowed to “do the right thing”.  My hope for you all is to know what a special place Pine Country Bank is to work and grow. 

I will miss you all. As Garrison Keillor would say, be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Thank you for your support, friendship, and for all you do!!"

-Bill

 



Erin Kulus Joins Pine Country Bank as Credit Analyst

Erin Kulus

We are proud to announce that Erin Kulus has joined our team as a Credit Analyst/Lender and she is working at our Little Falls branch.

Our President, Rob Ronning, feels that Kulus is a great addition to Pine Country Bank’s team.

"Erin understands our community and believes in our commitment to providing the best service as a hometown bank. That, coupled with her experience and education, make her a great fit for our bank."

Kulus has over 10 years of financial experience. She is well-versed in regulatory requirements, loan originations, and educating customers on the variety of loan products and available credit options.

"What attracted me to Pine Country Bank was the friendly atmosphere and their involvement in the community—they truly are a community bank with a hometown feel. I look forward to working with a great organization that cares about their customers as well as their employees."

Kulus currently lives in Pierz and grew up on a small dairy farm near Flensburg. She enjoys horseback riding and photography, spending time outdoors and with her family.

Welcome Erin!



National Consumer Protection Week

March 5-11 is National Consumer Protection Week - Visit consumer.ftc.gov for consumer protection tips and materials!



March Hometown Happenings

AS YOUR HOMETOWN BANK, WE WANT TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF ALL THAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR GREAT COMMUNITIES!

3/3: Fish Fry/Gun Raffle/iPad Mini Raffle at St. Elizabeth Church Basement - Proceeds go to the Handicap Ramp

3/4: Minnesota Fishing Museum - Swap Meet Antique Motor Club, 9am-3pm

3/4: Winter Wonderland Figures Skating Club " Dancing on Ice" 2-3pm and 7-8:30pm

3/4: Lindbergh Lions Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30pm 

Consumer protection week

3/5: LFCHS Spring Musical, 7pm

3/5: Winter Wonderland Figures Skating Club " Dancing on Ice" 2-3pm and 7-8:30pm

3/6: Lindbergh Historic Site History Day Night, 6-8pm 

3/6: LFCHS Spring Musical, 7pm

3/10: Kiwanis Fish Fry, 4:30-7PM 

3/10: Fish Fry/Gun Raffle/iPad Mini Raffle at St. Elizabeth Church Basement - Proceeds go to the Handicap Ramp

3/11: Habitat Day  17th annual Habitat Day at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, 9am-1pm

3/11: Royalton Co-Ed Volleyball Fundraiser Tournament, 9am - For more information contact Carla Gerads 320-360-6490

3/13: LF Massed Band Concert – HS Gym, 7-8pm

3/15: Great River Arts: Art Bar 39, 6:30-8:30pm

st. patricks day

3/16: St. Patrick’s Day Party With Live Music by Jerry Bierschbach – Little Falls Senior Center, 2pm – For more information call 320-632-8009

3/17: Pine Grove Zoo Gone Wild Fundraiser – The Falls Ballroom, 7-10pm

3/17: Fish Fry/Gun Raffle/iPad Mini Raffle at St. Elizabeth Church Basement - Proceeds go to the Handicap Ramp

3/18: “55 Alive” Initial course - $18 to attend, 8am-12pm – For more information contact Tom Fussy 320-232-5703 or Jordie Stay 320-584-8193  

3/19: Our Lady of Lourdes Homemade Belgian Waffles, 8am-12pm – For more information call 320-632-8243

3/21: CHI St. Gabriel’s Advocates Craft & Vendor Event, 9am-4pm

3/23: Carnegie Library Story Time, 10:15am – For more information call 320-632-9676

3/25: “55 Alive” Initial course - $18 to attend, 8am-12pm – For more information contact Tom Fussy 320-232-5703 or Jordie Stay 320-584-8193  

3/25: “55 Alive” refresher course - $18 to attend, 8am-12pm – For more information contact Tom Fussy 320-232-5703 or Jordie Stay 320-584-8193  

3/25: Growers & Makers Markets – Sprout Marketplace, 10am-4pm

3/28: Kinship’s Annual Fundraiser “The Soup & Chili Cook-Off”, 5-7pm

3/30: Great River Arts: Spring Dinner Theater, 5pm

3/31: Great River Arts: Spring Dinner Theater, 5pm

3/31: Fish Fry/Gun Raffle/iPad Mini Raffle at St. Elizabeth Church Basement - Proceeds go to the Handicap Ramp



A Continuing Community Commitment

Continuing Community Commitment

We are once again proud to help the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 46 with it's annual Patriot Flag program. Each Spring, before Memorial Day, 100 American flags are displayed by the Sons of the American Legion along the major streets in Little Falls.

 

They remain flying until at least Labor Day and weather permitting, continue to fly until Patriots Day, Sep. 11.