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Randy Freilinger, e-Banking SpecialistAugust 5, 2019 – Decorah & Cresco – Randy Freilinger understands that technology is constantly evolving and that it exists to make our lives easier. So when Randy started working at Decorah and Cresco Bank in September 2015 at our I.T. Helpdesk, he was excited to help and educate co-workers about how to use technology to enhance their everyday work lives.

Now almost four years later, Randy has evolved his skills in the world of technology and will be taking over for Ben Wells as the new e-Banking Specialist. Ben Wells (e-Ben) is continuing his career with the Bank in digital banking services to ensure customers have the best digital banking experience with the most advanced technology available.

Randy has 15 years of technology and customer service experience and he’s ready to help you with your e-banking technology needs that goes beyond the scope of our customer support representatives.

Randy can be reached at 563.387.5230 and can help you by phone or in-person.

Decorah Bank TrollsJuly 22, 2019 – Decorah – Hans and Hilda will not disappoint with their annual appearance during Nordic Fest. Selfies and family photos are an annual tradition for many moms and dads that enjoy seeing how their children are growing each year. It doesn’t matter who you are, Hans and Hilda love to have their photo taken and will be hanging out on Water Street in front of the Decorah Bank building on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. You can also see them in the parade on Saturday. In case of inclement weather, you will find these Nordic trolls taking shelter with us in the lobby.


Prevent check fraud with Positive PayJune 27, 2019 – Decorah & Cresco – As a business owner, there’s nothing more frustrating than theft. Altered and forged checks waste your time and money.

Positive Pay is a paper check fraud prevention tool that matches the checks being presented for payment to a list of issued checks provided by your business. If the presented checks match the check numbers and amounts from your list of issued checks, the check will clear your account. If the presented check does not match the list of issued checks, we will send you an alert.

Learn more about other business services that are available to help you take your business to the next level.



Harold Noe retires from Cresco BankJune 7, 2019 – Cresco – Ag Banker Harold Noe will retire from Cresco Bank on June 27, 2019. Please join us for a retirement open house in honor of Harold from 2 – 4 pm on Friday, June 14, 2019, in the Cresco Bank lobby. Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy this celebration of our friend and colleague.

“We are honored that Harold spent his banking career with the Bank, and we congratulate him on his retirement,” said Cresco Bank President, Donna Thomas.

To Harold: Thank you for your years of hard work and dedication. We wish you an amazing retirement with years of enjoyment to come!

For business and ag banking assistance, visit with Brendon, Andy, or Donna at our Cresco location.

Brett Van Sloten, financial advisor

Former Decorah resident is new to the Bank, but not new to financial planning

June 6, 2019 – Decorah & Cresco – Brett Van Sloten recently joined Decorah Bank & Trust as a financial advisor. Brett is a 2009 Decorah High School Graduate. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in 2013. While attending the U of I, Brett was a football student-athlete and served as an active I-Club liaison for the College.

Meet the new guy

When we asked Brett to compare some of the lessons he learned in college football with those of being a financial advocate for people; without pause, he stated that it’s all about having the desire to build relationships and offer solutions for people. Brett said, “First, I have to fully hold myself accountable, by that I need to be one hundred percent focused on helping people (and team) reach their vision. It’s a big deal to me personally.”

In good company

Justin Gullekson, Tracy Dostal, Jason Soland, Julie Luzum, and a full-time support team assists Brett in his mission to help people accumulate, preserve, and transfer their wealth. Over 80 Bank employees are also at the ready to assist customers.

It’s a family affair

Brett and his wife, Samantha (Cuvelier) are moving from northwest Iowa, where he had a great working experience with an organization as a financial advisor. Samantha also grew up in Decorah and is educated as an elementary school teacher. Brett’s father, Doug Van Sloten, works as an ag & business banker at the Bank.

In his free time, Brett enjoys playing and watching golf and football and being outdoors with family and friends.

Learn more about the new guy

You can learn more about Brett Van Sloten by visiting our Wealth Management area or by calling 563-382-9661 or 563-547-2244.


Ice Cream1 – 3 p.m., Friday, June 7 – Sugar Bowl at Decorah Bank’s downtown location

May 28, 2019 – Decorah – Nothing says “School’s Out for Summer” like ice cream! Come to our downtown Bank location for a free scoop of Sugar Bowl Ice Cream between 1 – 3 p.m. on Friday, June 7th. Decorah Bank & Sugar Bowl want to celebrate everyone in the community; especially kids, and June Dairy Month. Look for us on the corner of State & Water Streets, or inside Decorah Bank if the weather isn’t ideal. This is also a great time to learn about Sugar Bowl Ice Cream’s new catering services.