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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!


Decorah B&T EMV MC Debit

Decorah – May 25, 2016 – Beginning June 20, 2016, we will begin offering an EMV (chip) debit card. If you are a current debit card holder with us, you can expect your new chip debit card in the coming days. Simply follow the instructions provided with the replacement chip debit card to activate it. Once this is complete your old debit card will no longer work and can be destroyed by shredding and securely recycling it.

What is an EMV (chip) debit card?

EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa, and has become the global standard for chip and PIN cards.  EMV® technology on your new card stores account information more securely, and the technology itself can provide a reduction in card-present fraud resulting from counterfeit, lost or stolen cards.

How the EMV Chip Card Works

You’ll either insert your chip card into the store’s terminal or swipe the magnetic stripe. You’ll need to keep the chip in the terminal until the transaction is complete. Chip-enabled terminals in stores (and ATMs) are gaining popularity as a protection for customers.

How to get an EMV Card

If you have a checking account with us and don’t currently have a debit card, or are interested in opening a checking account, simply ask for a personal banker to get one at 563.382.9661 or 563.547.2244. If you are a current debit card holder with us, you can expect your new chip debit card in the coming days with further instructions on how to activate and use your new card.

We hope that you enjoy your new EMV (chip) debit card.


Decorah – May 09, 2016 – As promised, we are not changing our name, ownership, or moving away from our community financial services. We are offering a fresh, new look with a stronger web based utility with this shiny new website featuring both Decorah Bank and Cresco Bank, a division of Decorah Bank & Trust Co., our neighbor 20 miles away. We’re also offering a colorful, progressive, and energetic expression with our updated logo. Continue reading

Decorah – April 21, 2016 – We are not changing our name, ownership, or moving away from our community financial services. We’re simply updating our logo and launching a new website with a stronger web based utility that features both Decorah Bank and Cresco Bank, a division of Decorah Bank & Trust Co.

Be sure to check out our new website launching in early May, where we will feature photography of the Driftless Area. You are welcome and encouraged to submit your own photo!New Web Screen Shot 0516

You will find the Online Banking login area in the upper right of your screen. We know this is an important lifeline for many of you.

Look for our updated logo on our mobile app, online banking, the new website, your banking correspondence, and more in May. No action is required on your part. Debit/ATM cards, checks, and other account materials will not change immediately, although we’ll gradually be updating some items as they come up for renewal or when it’s time to reorder.

We hope you like the updates we’ve created for you. As always, we are thankful for your business!