Employee profile: Megan Denver

 Megan Denver

The definition of what constitutes a large family has changed in the past generation, but by any measure, Megan Denver, GRSB’s most recent hire, grew up in a large family. 

“I have 10 siblings,” explained Megan, “and I’m third to the oldest, so from my perspective we have lots of little ones.  My youngest sibling is seven years old, and one of my older sisters already has four children of her own.  There are lots of kids around our house.” 

Megan and her siblings were home-schooled.  Her mom is the teacher while her father took the role of principal.  “I really enjoyed being home-schooled,” said Megan.  “By the time I was in 9th grade, I had to learn how to learn on my own.  I participated in ballet and learned to play the upright bass violin, so I was involved in extracurricular activities just like other students.”

Once Megan graduated with a high school diploma, she attended Itasca Community College and earned an associate of applied science degree in forestry.  She then transferred to the University of Minnesota-Crookston to study wildlife management. 

“I enjoy being outdoors, so forestry and wildlife management seemed like natural courses for me to study,” explained Megan.  “I worked in a temporary wildlife management position, but this field is very competitive.  While I was on the job for that brief time, I was encouraged to go back to school to earn a master’s degree.  I’m not sure I’m ready to do that quite yet, so I wanted to take a break from studying and take a real-life job.”

Enter Grand Rapids State Bank.

“I really enjoy being a teller,” Megan said.  “Our family has always banked here, and when I knew there was an opening, I jumped at the chance to apply.  I like having that personal connection with customers, and this is a nice, welcoming place.  The people here are wonderful.”

Megan’s family owns a hobby farm southeast of Grand Rapids where they raise five horses, two mini-horses (not ponies), chickens, dogs and cats.  Ever the outdoorswoman, Megan likes to hike, canoe and camp.  One of her favorite family vacations is their annual trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area where they canoe and camp in rustic conditions.  If they schedule the trip just right, they can catch the annual Ely Blueberry Festival in late July. 

Occasionally the family takes a longer trip via motorhome to Florida’s Disneyworld or they’ll head west to go camping in the mountains.  Those trips are memorable given the size of their travel delegation.

Megan’s large family also loves music, and nearly everyone gets in on the act.  “Our family plays in several area bluegrass festivals, including the locally-famous LaPlant Festival at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in mid-June,” said Megan.  “My mom and I and a few other siblings play a variety of instruments, including bass, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and my brother plays the dobro.”  (For those who don’t know, a dobro is an acoustic guitar with a metal resonator built into the body of the instrument.) 

“I want to work here for a while,” explained Megan.  “Working here is very different from anything I’ve ever done, and I really like this job.  After three weeks I was given my own teller drawer, and the variety of things I do is amazing.  I’m learning something different every day, but more than anything, I enjoy meeting and working with people much more than I thought I would.  This is great.”

  

The Denver family band: (from left) Cody, Emma, Taylor, Megan, Jesse, Noah, Laura & Amy.  Not pictured are Robbie and Joseph.  Below: Taylor and Megan portaging out of a favorite BWCA lake.

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