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30 Aug
  Thanks to her dad, who was doing a little work for Clair Wilcox at the time, Jo-Ellen Borth got a chance to work at Grand Rapids State Bank.  Today, 36 years later, she still enjoys the job thanks in large measure to “the wonderful people” she...
08 Aug
After visiting with Dale Rosier for any length of time, you will walk away with two clear messages about what motivates him: service to community and devotion to family. Dale Rosier is the Vice President of Personal Banking at Grand Rapids...
02 Aug
   Grand Rapids State Bank is happy to announce the recent promotions of Christy Hoskins and Terri LaSalle to Senior Teller.  The Senior Teller position comes with all the usual teller duties as well as additional responsibilities including training...
16 Jul
  “I was supposed to be a boy, but I wasn’t.”  With that, Derekia (pronounced ‘Erica’ but with a D- in front) quickly explains the origin of her interesting first name.  “My parents didn’t have a girl’s name picked out, and since the doctor had...
10 Jul
Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to make things look effortless.  Lori Richard has a lifetime of experiences working hard to make things right.  Lori has been a teller at Grand Rapids State Bank since August 2006.  Her prior work experience...
01 Jul
Ann Welliver is one of the longest-tenured employees at Grand Rapids State Bank, a distinction she hasn’t sought but one of which she is justifiably proud. “About a month ago—June 1—I began my 36th year here at Grand Rapids State Bank,” explained...
24 Jun
For a lad from Owatonna, an area surrounded by farms in all directions, living in the lakes and woods of northern Minnesota is a new world. “As a 5-year old, I loved to fish,” said Andy Sween.  “I couldn’t wait for my dad to take me to area lakes...
12 Jun
Living and working in northern Minnesota was a dream come true for Andy Dehon. “My dad was an avid fisherman, and we’d been vacationing in northern Minnesota for more than 40 years,” said Andy Dehon.  “We wouldn’t always go to the same place—...
05 Jun
“Time flies,” was Mike’s summary when asked an opening question about his career.  “And appreciate every day you have.” Mike Olson is the manager of the Grand Rapids State Agency, the insurance affiliate of Grand Rapids State Bank’s parent company...
30 May
As a youngster growing up in Taconite, Jolene Bergman used to play “bank.”  She and her friends would cut out strips of paper, create their own currency, and then—tying a string to an old-school thermos with a screw top—create a homemade pneumatic...
15 May
Tanya Finken grew up in the Shallow Lake/Warba area about 15 miles east of Grand Rapids.  Tanya explains that, like everyone else from that part of Itasca County, she learned to appreciate hunting and fishing at an early age. “My brother and I...
02 May
When we vote our members of the Minnesota Legislature into office in St. Paul, we like to think that we are sending them to represent our interests, concerns and that collectively we will benefit from having a voice at the table.  Is that reality?...
01 May
Diana Pierzina is a living example that community banking has made drastic changes to keep pace with customer trends. Diana was hired to work in the bookkeeping department at Grand Rapids State Bank in 1980, the most common entry-level position...
23 Apr
   Mary Salisbury is a mentor and teacher, and she knows the business of bank tellering backward, forwards, inside and out.  She has earned the title of senior teller. Mary began working at Grand Rapids State Bank in 1976, hired by Clair Wilcox...
16 Apr
   “If you’re going to do something, why not try to be the best?”  This rhetorical question is Cory Colter’s mantra, and it is a good explanation for why he is one of GRSB’s most productive loan officers. Cory was hired in March 2008 to manage the...
11 Apr
To know Gayle Adams is to know her family.  Gayle brings her love of family and people to her job at Grand Rapids State Bank. Gayle recently accepted a new assignment at GRSB: account services representative at the main bank office.  The common...
26 Mar
  If the Grand Rapids State Bank were a baseball team, Jeni Dorr would be a utility infielder, a player the manager uses where needed.  After 16 years of banking experience at GRSB and three other banks, Jeni has mastered several key jobs.  Jeni’s...
18 Mar
Carole Borth is one of the longest-tenured employees at GRSB: in July it will be 37 years and counting. Her job is executive assistant to the president, and while her title has changed over the years, she has been working in that capacity for two...
06 Mar
  It’s Tiffany Neuman’s job to know as much as she can about all the deposit products offered by GRSB.  When she’s not at work, it’s her job to know as much as she can about raising her 18-month old twins.  Which job is harder? “They are busy, busy...
28 Feb
Lynn Helmbrecht has grown up with—and at— Grand Rapids State Bank.  She accepted an on-the-job trainee assignment as a high school senior at age 17 and never left.  “I worked as a school-girl in the bookkeeping department.  Back then, everyone’s...

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