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31 Jul
Nich Wilcox is happy to be back working in Grand Rapids, “ten minutes from the lake.”  For the past few years he has worked for two different banks in the Twin Cities.  While he truly appreciates the variety of social opportunities the metropolitan...
15 Jul
  Jeri Hanson, card services representative at Grand Rapids State Bank, oversees the bank’s suite of card services, including credit cards for corporate accounts.    “For the company that needs extensive reporting options, we can provide reports...
11 Jul
  Dan Bergerson is a man on a mission.  He’s finding new ways to ramp up his safety consulting business after spending 32 years fully employed at Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy Center.  “I left Minnesota Power after 32 years, and I went right...
25 Jun
  Meet Sam Worlie, GRSB’s newest employee.  His first day on the job as a systems administrator in the information technology (IT) department was Thursday, June 19.  Sam reports to Andy Dehon, IT manager.  “I grew up in Kelly Lake, a community that...
11 Jun
With credit card fraud heavy on the minds of most consumers, and data theft one of the fastest growing crimes, credit card companies have spent the last decade working on a better, more secure card. The days of the credit cards magnetic stripe...
11 Jun
  Al Sandstrom’s first visits to Grand Rapids and Itasca County were all about fishing.  Al, a former semi-professional basketball player living in Duluth, operated a food and sundries distribution business.  After one of his trips to Itasca County...
02 Jun
Three Grand Rapids State Bank financial focus scholarships were awarded this year to graduating high school seniors in three area school districts: Grand Rapids, Greenway and Remer.  The GRSB scholarships are awarded annually to graduating high...
02 Jun
Kristin Hanks is nine months pregnant, and her calm demeanor doesn’t seem to capture her “Double O Negative” roller derby persona.  “I’m looking forward to having this child and returning, someday, to the roller derby rink,” said Kristin.  The due...
22 May
The GRSB Reading Corps volunteers presented Sharon Rasmussen-Marty's kindergarten class at Forest Lake Elementary School with books entitled "Just Saving My Money" by Mercer Mayer, author of the "Little Critter" series. The young readers also...
21 May
Bobbie Huotari freely admits what most of us who grew up in larger families know: the youngest child in the family gets special treatment. “I am the youngest of 12 children in the Evans family of Deer River,” said Bobbie, “and I was spoiled rotten...
14 May
Eight GRSB employees braved the wind, rain showers and woodticks to pick up trash yesterday (May 13) on Highway 2 near Blackberry.  The 2-mile stretch of US Highway 2 from mile marker 191 to 193 was "adopted" by Grand Rapids State Bank in 2008.  The...
08 May
Lock your financial documents and records in a safe place at home, and lock your wallet or purse in a safe place at work. Keep your information secure from roommates or workers who come into your home. Limit what you carry. When you go out, take...
08 May
Grand Rapids State Bank will once again offer Shred Day for our customers on Wednesday, May 14, from 10am-1pm in the main bank parking lot.  This FREE service to our business and personal customers helps them securely dispose of sensitive documents...
07 May
Running a small business involves a significant investment. Business insurance protects your investment by minimizing financial risks associated with unexpected events such as a death of a partner, an injured employee, a lawsuit, or a natural...
07 May
  Rusty Eichorn from Glen’s Army-Navy Store became a Grand Rapids State Bank customer after working with a “megabank” for 27 years.  “We received a letter one day saying our debt-coverage ratio was unsatisfactory, and that was that,” said Rusty.  “...
07 May
  Although it may not be obvious, Denny Johnson is the second oldest Grand Rapids State Bank employee, behind Clair Wilcox.  (Clair may not actually be on the payroll, but he’s still number one in our book.)  Denny, age 74, works as a real estate...
16 Apr
  Becky Irving has a Mark Twain motto taped to her computer : “Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”  It’s fair to say that Becky lives up to that motto quite easily. Becky is an insurance agent at Grand Rapids...
09 Apr
  Dan Foster, hired at Grand Rapids State Bank in September 2013, is one of two credit analysts.  As part of the business banking team, Dan and his colleague, Tina Comstock, are responsible for providing in-depth analysis of the financial...
08 Apr
  Community banking suits Jared just fine, thank you.  It fits him so well he was promoted to the position of vice president-business banking at GRSB in early September 2013. “I can’t tell you how excited I am with this new job,” said Jared.  “This...
04 Apr
Washington, D.C. -- The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and thousands of its community bank members celebrate ICBA Community Banking Month—a month full of community pride for local residents, small businesses and the community banks...

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