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In the Driftless Area & beyond

Decorah & Cresco – January 20, 2017 – Buying and maintaining a home is a big deal. It’s quite the commitment. Feel confident knowing that we offer a knowledgeable team of eleven employee owners to support you during the life of your loan. We’ll have you relaxing with your favorite beverage on your comfy couch in your new home before you know it.

Do you like the tech approach? We are equipped with online mortgage application technology, backed by our team of bankers, making the home financing process more convenient for you.

Call, stop in, or apply online!

Mortgage Team: Dorothea Dahlen, Emily McConnell, Mike Huinker, Laura Schmauss, Becky Mitchell, BreeAnn Hageman, Jody Roberts, Muriel Lensch, Joe Grimstad, Rachel Kemp, Ruth Schraeder

That’s right, not one, but two open houses happening this week!

Reagan Barta will perform at Decorah Bank December 22, 2016

Decorah Bank & Trust’s Christmas Open House is 9-4 on Thursday, December 22nd. You’ll be treated to homemade treats and hot cider all day long. Pianist Reagan Barta will play from 2-4 pm. Reagan is a 22 year old freelance musician that has 10 years of performing experience. Reagan is an advanced level pianist and improvisationalist who is trained and an experienced performer in multiple genres and is classically trained with an emphasis in Romantic time period music. He has composed and arranged multiple pieces for both voice and instruments. Reagan has also trained and received lessons under multiple master class pianists, the most nifty being Frank Sinatra’s. Then, at 4 pm, the children that won the Christmas Coloring Contest will gather for a photograph and collect their cuddly teddy bear.
Cresco Bank & Trust is offering a week-long celebration with cookies and coffee. Pop in anytime! Plus, for every signature we collect in our guestbook we will donate $1 to the Howard-Winneshiek Service Learning Committee. This committee provides clothing for children in need. Join us!

Julie with one of Decorah Bank’s ITMs which also functions as an ATM

Decorah – December 20, 2016 – Now you can have the best of both worlds when it comes to doing banking transactions with your money. You may be familiar with the two Interactive Teller Machines (ITMs) at Decorah’s main location drive-thru on Water Street. These ITMs offer a live teller on the screen to help with your transaction. Now you get to choose if you want ITM or ATM functionality during business hours. After business hours these two machines will work as the ATMs most people are accustomed. Stop by and give our ITM/ATMs a try.

Cresco – October 25, 2016 – Greetings from Cresco Bank. This picture was taken by Zahasky Photography in October 2016, they really know their way around a camera, wouldn’t you say?


Cresco – October 13, 2016 – Here’s someone you should get to know. Kaitlyn Otteson joins us as a personal banker. Kaitlyn has nearly two years of experience in customer support and as a banking assistant for the lending team at our Decorah location. Help us welcome Kaitlyn to Cresco and stop in to say hello!dsc_0054

Decorah – November 10, 2016 – Do you remember the song, “Our house”, Madness © 1982? On November 9, 2016, there was literally a house in the middle of the streets of Decorah. We secured a buyer for our big blue gem that retains its original wood work, charming character and great “bones”. We are excited to tell you that the new owner has successfully moved this soon-to-be restored beauty from Riverside Avenue to Mechanic Street and will give it new life. This exciting project will give new purpose and usefulness to this old home, will keep it out of the landfill, and keep it in our community’s much-needed housing inventory.



Decorah-October 5, 2016 – A warm welcome to Jody Roberts, pictured 3rd from left, who joins the Decorah team with 27 years of banking experience! She’s now a part of the leading mortgage lending team in the region. If you talked with Jody you’d quickly see how she embraces top-notch customer care and commitment to community. Decorah Bank knows that being a part of something great doesn’t just happen, it requires hiring and retaining the brightest and best employees. Whether you’re just beginning your career, or taking it to the next level, stop by to pick up an application or drop off your resume – we just might have the right career for your future.


dougvanslotenwpDecorah – October 3, 2016 – Maybe you remember him as a football player at Iowa State University back in the day or by his contributions to the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce Board since 2011. Or perhaps you worked with him a time or two during his 30 year career in Ag retail. Chances are, you’ve already met Doug Van Sloten.

Now you’ll find Doug bringing his years of successful leadership in long-range planning initiatives, fiscal management, expansion projects, and operations to your business or Ag operation as an Ag & Business Banker. If you haven’t met Doug, be sure to say hello. This “new guy” enjoys talking football, family, weather, farming, and business with the best of ‘em. To make an appointment with Doug Van Sloten and/or any of our Ag & Business Bankers, call 563.382.9661 (Decorah location) or 563.547.2244 (Cresco location).


Decorah – August 29, 2016 – We are now offering the availability of low interest customized loans for those affected by the August 23/24 2016 flooding in Northeast Iowa. This flood loan could apply to items like a new furnace, water heater, carpet, construction materials, etc. Call us at 563-382-9661 or 563-547-2244, or apply here – comment “FLOOD16” so we can quickly get help to you. We extend our sympathies to all of those that have suffered great loss. FDIC/Equal Housing Lender

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Wanda WalterDecorah – July 12, 2016 – Wanda Walter is retiring from her position as a Mortgage Banker, AVP, of Decorah Bank & Trust. Wanda has been with the company since 1974.  Executive vice president, Joe Grimstad, states, “It is with mixed feelings that we announce the retirement of our beloved and much appreciated Wanda. She is thought of as the hardworking, committed, and friendly banker that always wants the best for others.”

Wanda began her 42 year career helping in the accounting department for her first few weeks. She quickly moved to the lending area where she also assisted customers in opening checking accounts. She was also a back-up teller when an extra hand was needed. Eventually, Wanda moved to the mortgage lending area where she was an assistant until she was promoted to a mortgage banker and officer in 1997. In this role, she helped the Bank become the leading mortgage lender in the area. Wanda has proven to be a well-loved and appreciated member of the team who has given thoughtful attention to her colleagues and thousands of customers over the years. She’s made home ownership possible for a lot of people in the area.

There will be a retirement open house for Wanda in the lobby of Decorah Bank & Trust Company from 11am – 2pm on Friday, July 15, 2016. Everyone is invited to stop by this celebration of our friend and colleague.

To our dearest Wanda: We wish you all the best, and we hope you enjoy a happy, healthy, well-deserved retirement!