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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.



ScholarshipNight 2019May 17, 2019 – Decorah – Billionaire investor Warren Buffet says, “The best investment you can make is in yourself. Your health, your education, and your relationships.”

Seniors, you are all making large investments in yourselves by continuing your education.  The return you get on this investment is largely dependent on you.  What you learn, relationships you build, habits you form, and what kind of person you become.

On May 8th, Joe Grimstad, Executive Vice President of Decorah Bank & Trust Co., presented three seniors of Decorah High School with the Decorah Bank & Trust Scholarship.

Congratulations to Mazzi Hanson, Sophia Maguina, and Jenna Raddatz who were the recipients of the scholarship.

What an exciting time in life – best of luck to you!


A visit to South Winneshiek Middle School


May 1, 2019 – Decorah – We are huge fans of financial literacy in schools. Students who learn personal finance principles early have the most time to apply what they learn before taking on the responsibilities of adulthood. That’s why we enjoy offering financial education literacy programs in area schools to teach basic money management concepts of saving, understanding debt, investing, and giving. We want to help parents, educators, and students by empowering student-learners to make safe, smart, and informed financial decisions. We know that these young people are gaining essential money skills that they will need in their daily lives.

Kay & LauraRecently personal banker Kay Erdman and financial education coordinator Laura Ode visited with students at South Winneshiek Middle School about the importance of getting in the habit of budgeting, saving regularly, spending wisely, and protecting their identity. The 8th-grade class recently completed Decorah Bank sponsored financial literacy program called “How To Do Your Banking” – one of three fi-ed programs that the Bank sponsors. Students had well-thought-out questions and demonstrated a desire to learn how to manage their money instead of letting money manage them. Thank you South Winneshiek Middle School – keep doing great things!

Do you want to learn about money management? Visit our financial education resource library.


May 1, 2019 – Decorah & Cresco – Congratulations to the winners of the Easter coloring contest!  Thanks to all of the children that participated. You really know how to make our lives more colorful!

DBT coloring contest winners

CBT coloring contest winners