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Whether it's financing a large business development project or volunteering at a local event, the employees at Minnesota National Bank are a vital partner in the community. 

For us, community banking is a way of life. It means more than just providing financial services. It means there is a coffee shop now where we get our morning coffee. It means new families are moving into town because of a business we helped expand. And it means the kids we have involved in summer baseball grow up in a healthy, vibrant community. 

We take pride in making a difference to the people we meet everyday - our friends, neighbors and customers - and the impact we have in the community. That's what being a true "community" bank is all about. That's Minnesota National Bank.


Vice President and Senior Real Estate Lender Mike Traeger is a proud member of the Sauk Centre Rotary Club. Mike serves at the coordinator of the STRIVE program. STRIVE stands for Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education. The program helps high school juniors by providing them a mentor who they meet with once a month over lunch. They work together on goal setting, improving time management and making school a top priority.  The main impact of the program is that each student sees another person on their side to help them reach their full potential.  A very high percentage of the students reach their goals, some students have improved their grades from C’s to all A’s within the school year. 

The Sauk Centre Rotary program also works on funding for our local parks, the warm hands and hats program, and finding host families for foreign exchange students. Another large project is the Polar Plunge, which benefits Special Olympics. Mike is pictured with fellow Rotarian Chris Johnson and the Polar Plunge mascot at least year’s event.

The Sauk Centre Rotary Club is always looking for new members. They meet each Tuesday at noon. Contact Mike (Mike.Traeger@mn-bank.com) for more information.

Vice President Human Resources and Deposit Manager Audrey Roering is the co-chair for the Relay for Life, which is a large fundraiser through the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society supports research, patient services, early detection, treatment and education on types of cancer, causes and possible cures. The Relay for Life event takes place every year in June. Audrey has been involved since the local Relay for Life started, 19 years ago. She puts in countless hours leading up to the Relay between meetings, helping organize team information and gathering raffle items. Her favorite part is seeing all the cancer survivors each year at the Relay and knowing she is helping, even if it is in a small way, to contribute to increasing the number of survivors each year.  

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Andrew Sorum is the 2017-2018 President Elect for the Pelican Rapids Rotary Club. He enjoys being able to contribute to the Rotary Club which works to provide humanitarian services in the community and throughout the world. The group does many fundraisers to help out community organizations. Andrew especially has enjoyed working with the Turkey BBQ held every summer during Pelican Fest. It’s a lot of work for the Rotary Club but they appreciate the community’s support while they roast on average 75 turkeys every year. Andrew has also worked with the Rotary Rose Sale, Rotary Golf Tournament, Peach Sale, Meals and Wheels and belling ringing for the Salvation Army.

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Sauk Centre Loan Support Rosanne Eekhoff has been involved as a Team Captain for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for the past 10 years. She values working with this organization as they work to put money toward cancer research and prevention. They also provide care facilities for cancer sufferers and their caregivers, among many other ways they support those suffering from cancer. In 2016 the Sauk Centre Relay for Life raised $57,000 with Minnesota National Bank’s team raising over $4,000. Rosanne enjoys being able to model volunteering for this organization to her two children. Rosanne said, “Everyone knows someone affected by cancer whether it be a family member, friend or community member. It is important to continue to raise money to find a cure for cancer so more birthdays can be celebrated.”

Sales/Marketing Assistant and Teller Allison Norgren enjoys helping at at many organizations when she can, but she spends most of her time working at the local Catholic Church through the Junior High Youth Group and as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. Her work as the Junior High Youth Minister wasn’t something she said she expected she would be doing, but has been very rewarding. She leads a group of 6th-8th graders at monthly meetings, and also to fun activities throughout the area (everything from bowling to trips to a local waterpark). She says, “The kids are so much fun to be around, and doing these activities with them gives me a lot of energy and laughs!” Allison also does the readings at Mass on weekends, which she also enjoys. She says, “It’s a nice way to get involved in weekly Mass, since I enjoy public speaking.” Allison looks forward to the future continuing working with youth and for her son, Christopher, to one day be in the program!


 

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Chief Executive Officer Paul Skorheim is the current Program Chairman for the Sauk Centre Lion’s Club. He has been a member of the Sauk Centre Lions Club since 1983, that’s 33 years! The Lion’s Club donates to many local organizations and does everything from collecting food for the food shelf to playing Bingo every month at the nursing home. They also work to help the hearing impaired and sight impaired in the area who can’t afford proper care. Paul can be seen each year selling tickets at the door for the Sauk Centre Lion’s Club Annual Pancake Breakfast. That is the Lion’s biggest fundraiser and helps fund area benefits, community needs and costs at the Fairy Lake Park just outside Sauk Centre. Paul enjoys helping with the many programs that the Lion’s Club facilitates.

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Long Prairie Lender Kelly Peterson loves being able to volunteer with two local organizations, the Long Prairie Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. With the Chamber of Commerce Kelly enjoys being able to meet more community members and help better the community. This gives her a great sense of accomplishment. Kelly appreciates the chamber’s involvement in bringing new businesses to town and also hosting lunch and learn sessions in conjunction with the bank. She also enjoys bringing new ideas to the group for future fundraisers and events. With the Long Prairie Rotary Club Kelly also has the opportunity to get to know more community members. She enjoys participating in the Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser of selling roses. 

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Personal Banker Dawn Finn is an active volunteer with the Minnesota Glacial Women Organization in Pelican Rapids. The goal of the organization is to promote and preserve history of the area. This also involves promoting arts through history. Dawn serves as the co-chair for the gathering activities. She enjoys working with a team for fundraising and sharing her skills with her community and many generations to come. The large event this year was the Gathering Day on June 18, 2016. At this event a statue of the Nimuue, Glacial Woman, was unveiled, which was a very exciting unveiling for the organization. Dawn looks forward to serving to preserve Minnesota history for many years to come. 

Vice President Rick Jennissen can be seen volunteering all over town, but one organization very important to him is Camphill Village of Minnesota. His brother, Michael, lives at Camphill Village which is a residential community where people with disabilities and those without live and care for each other in an environment that fosters social, spiritual, cultural and agricultural renewal. Each person is part of the community experience and is worthy of recognition, respect and honor. His brother Michael loves living at Camphill Village so Rick is happy to help with fundraising and to represent Camphill Village through the Annual Combined Fund Drive held in Sauk Centre. Rick also helps with the annual Camphill Village Open House held every year in September. He is pictured here with family members and his brother Michael during this year’s event. Rick provides tours and helps with food each year. Minnesota National Bank has been a proud supporter of Camphill Village.