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2019

 
 
Congratulations, Katie!
 
Katie Wahlquist receives the 2019 Top Women in Finance award.
 
 
 
Star Bank's SVP/CAO, Katie Wahlquist,
 recieved the 2019 Top Women in Finance
award by Finance & Commerce.
Congratulations, Katie!
 
 
 
 
 

Star Bank receives an award!
 
The ownership family of Star Bank accepted an award for being named a Finalist for the Twin Cities Business 2019 Minnesota Family Business Awards. Star Bank is 1 of 5 Finalist chosen out of 76 Minnesota family businesses who were nominated.
The honorees were chosen by a panel of recognized business experts. 
 
Thank you to all Star Bank employees, family, friends, and valued customers for making this happen! 

Star Bank in the news!
 
 Harry Wahlquist, our President and CEO was mentioned in the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota monthly newsletter for being featured in Minnesota Monthly.
Harry Wahlquist, president/CEO of Star Bank, was named to Minnesota 500 - the 'who's who' of the most powerful business leaders - by Minnesota Monthly.

"What's so incredible about this honor is that Harry is the ONLY financial services leader chosen who leads a bank that is below $1 Billion in assets," Star Bank announced on its LinkedIn page.

Congratulations, Harry, from ICBM!
 
Congratulations, Harry!
 
Congrats, Harry Wahlquist! Named to the Minnesota 500 most powerful business leaders in Minnesota!
Our President/CEO, Harry Wahlquist, is named to the Minnesota 500 most powerful business leaders in Minnesota. This recognition is extra special because Harry is the only honoree listed who leads a bank under $1 billion in assets.  Congratulations to our passionate and dedicated leader!
 


Bankers developing their skills!
Bryce, Joni L, and Brenda at the ICBM Lead Conference!
 
Bankers, Bryce Swenson, Joni Ludwig, and Brenda Franke honed their     leadership skills and learned    more about their strengths at the Independent Community Banker's of Minnesota (ICBM) LEAD Conference in St. Cloud.
 
  

Work anniversary!
Celebrating Sharon's 40 years in banking!
Sharon in our Verndale office is celebrating 40 years in banking! She has witnessed many changes in the financial services industry throughout her career. As banking technology has evolved and processes have become less manual, Sharon has continued to provide excellent service to our customers in the Verndale area. Thanks for all you do, Sharon! Congratulations!
 
 

A semi-retirement celebration!
 
Celebrating Joni C. and her semi-retirement
 
Our incredible Compliance Officer, Joni Callahan, will be transitioning to part-time employment effective September 9th. Joni has been with the bank since October 1994! Congratulations, Joni!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Star Bank employee earns Finalist honors!


A member of our senior team is in the news today, making waves! *Pun intended.* 😉

Congratulations to SVP/CAO Katie Wahlquist who has been named a Finalist for the Outstanding Mentor Award at the

4th Annual TeamWomen WaveMaker Awards which will be held October 10th.

Click this link to learn more about the award and the finalists!

 

 

 



A Retirement send-off for Faye! 
Faye with a cake celebrating her retirement.
It was a bittersweet board meeting. Faye Cossentine, our Branch Manager of Eagle Bend is retiring in August. We celebrated her last board meeting with a surprise cake! Thank you Faye for all your contributions and being a special part of the Star Bank family! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Star Bank employees attend Women's Conference
Brenda and Alissa at a MBA Women's conference
 
 
 
Brenda - VP/Branch Manager of Eden Prairie and Alissa - Digital Product Manager represented Star Bank at the Minnesota Bankers Association Women in Banking Conference! The conference was designed to encourage, support, and inspire women to reach for success in their financial careers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Star Bank employees attend Ag Conference
At Star Bank we believe in life-long learning which includes staying attuned to trends in our industry so we can better serve our customers. Four Star Bank employees attended the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota's Ag Conference where they met with fellow community bankers to discuss all things Ag!
Pictured below (left to right) :
Andy Guse - SVP/Chief Credit Officer, Jay Johnson - VP/Branch Manager Barrett office, Jon Dahl - VP/Branch Manager Elbow Lake office, and Jeff Koenen - VP/Branch Manager at Wheaton office.
Andy G, Jay, Jon, and Jeff at the Ag conference.


Star Bank is featured in Bank Beat! 
 Bank Beat, a regional banking publication, published an article about leadership and succession planning from behind the scenes which featured Star Bank! 


Congressman Dean Phillips visits Star Bank!
Tuesday, July 2nd Congressman Phillips visited our Eden Prairie office to learn more about key issues impacting community banks and our customers. Pictured below is Harry Wahlquist, Star Bank's President/CEO and Congressman Phillips. Also present for the meeting was Jim Amundsen with the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota, Katie and Alissa with Star Bank, and Zach and Emma with Congressman Phillips' office. 
Harry telling Dean Phillips the history of Star Bank.


Star Bank employee in the news!

Congratulations to Deanna Lauer, Star Bank's
Cashier and Operations Manager!
She is celebrating 40 years in the banking industry!
The Maple Lake Messenger wrote a great piece on
Deanna's accomplishment.
Congratulations, Deanna and thanks for all you do!
 
 
 


Star Bank CFO earns award!
  Steve Blum, CFO
Congratulations to our talented CFO, Steve Blum, on being
selected a Leading With Faith Award recipient by
the Minneapolis/St. Paul Archdiocese.


 
 
 
 
 

Star Bank President and CEO earns award!

Harry Wahlquist, President and CEO, was recognized with the Pioneer Banker Award from the Minnesota Banker's Association for 50+ years
in the banking industry. The award was presented to Harry at the 2019 Annual Summit at the Depot in Minneapolis. Congratulations, Harry and thank you for your years of leadership and service!
     
   
 
 
 
 


Star Bank welcomes a new employee!

Star Bank welcomes Jay Johnson to our team as

Vice President/Ag Lender/Branch Manager in Barrett, MN!

Jay holds a BBA in Finance from the University of North Dakota and has hands-on family farming experience.

He comes to Star Bank as a tenured Ag and Commercial banker.

We are thrilled that he has joined us!

Jay is also partnering with lenders Jon Dahl and Bryce Swenson from our Elbow Lake location to help serve our loyal customers in Grant County. Welcome, Jay!




Star Bank employee in the news!
 

Katie Wahlquist, Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, hosted a BankBeat webinar on May 16th for bankers in 18 states on the topic of community commitment and a bank's responsibility of giving back to the community. 
Alissa Hultman, Digital Product Manager,
assisted with graphical presentation. 
 

Star Bank employee in the news!
 
Heidi Wurm, Manager of Retail Banking & Training, was
featured in the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)
news on the heels of the summit in Washington D.C.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Two Star Bank executives  were featured in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal "People On the Move" section in May 2019:
 
Katie Wahlquist & Andy Wahlquist
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Star Bank leaders attend the ICBA Capitol Summit

April 29th - Our very own Heidi Wurm and Harry Wahlquist (pictured above) attended the ICBA Capitol Summit in Washington DC.  They represented Minnesota with class and perfect persuasion as they lobbied our lawmakers for regulatory relief, tax relief, and policies to support rural America (among other key issues). 


Star Bank presented the Progress Minnesota Award on April 17! 
Picture above:
Star Bank's ownership family Katie Wahlquist, Harry Wahlquist, and Andy Wahlquist, along with the editor of Finance & Commerce magazine
 
Pictured below:
Star Bank team members who attended the award ceremony were -
Back row: Andy, Harry, Ray, Kurts, Craig
Front row: Brenda, Katie, Alissa, Anje, Dale, Steve
 
Finance & Commerce magazine included a feature story commemorating the Progress Minnesota award that Star Bank won! Thanks to all our dedicated employees who work hard to give back and contribute to the success of our communities! 

Star Bank's supports continuing education!

Joni Ludwig with HR program certificate

Congratulations to Joni Ludwig, Star Bank's HR Specialist, for completing an intensive program at the Human Resource Management School at the Graduate School of Banking - Madison last week! The program covered all aspects of HR and tied together important issues in human resource management with a strategic understanding of the business of banking. Way to go Joni!


Star Bank in the news!
The Maple Lake Messenger featured a great article about Star Bank in their May issue!


Star Bank in the news!
Star Bank was mentioned in the latest edition of The Maple Lake Messenger for receiving the 2019 Progress Minnesota Award! Thanks to our neighbors at The Maple Lake Messenger for passing along local news and celebrating with us! Click the image below to read the article on their website!


April is Community Bank Month!
Star Bank is proud to be a family-owned, Independent Community Bank! This month we are celebrating what it means to be a Community Bank!

Our President/CEO/Owner in the news!
Harry Wahlquist was featured in the Bertha area newspaper for being elected to serve as Vice President of Bank Holding Company Association. Click here for a recent press release. 
 


Heidi Wurm wins Community Banking Advocacy trip with essay!

Congratulations to our dedicated and talented learning and development specialist, Heidi, on winning a contest with Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota for an essay she wrote about community banking. We’re so proud of you, Heidi!

Heidi won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC for a community banking advocacy event that is held each April. 






Community Banking Adds Value to the People It Serves
Read more here about how Community Banks provide personalized and friendly service all while giving back and supporting the local community.

Star Bank honored with 2019 Progress Minnesota Award!

Star Bank was recently named by Finance & Commerce magazine as a winner of the 2019 Progress Minnesota award. The Progress Minnesota program recognizes individuals and companies who are driving business, industrial growth and economic development in Minnesota in unique and innovative ways. Business growth is defined by Finance & Commerce as adding jobs, increasing manufacturing capacity, innovating product design, innovating business practices, and the creative reuse of existing infrastructure.

We are humbled to receive this great honor!!

The 2019 Progress Minnesota Award


Star Bank is 5-Star Superior Rated by Bauer Financial

It takes a team of dedicated and passionate employees to help an organization maintain the 5-Star Superior Rating we have. Thank you, Star Bank-ers! 

We are honored to have received another 5-Star Superior Rating from Bauer Financial!


Voice Banking
Star Bank is committed to providing our customers only the best in banking in the new year!
We recently rolled out a new telephone banking system.
Learn more about all the benefits of Voice Banking by clicking here!


Maple Lake Employee in the news!
Justine and family with her New Years baby.
Star Bank's Justine Charmoli with her husband Pat celebrated the new year by welcoming their new baby, Clare Ruth, into the world. Clare was born at 12:08 a.m. making her the first baby of the new year in Minnesota! She was 7 lbs. and just short of 20 inches long. 
Click the links below for articles on this news!
 

Bank Exec in the news!
Katie Wahlquist, SVP/Chief Administrative Officer was named an Outstanding Woman in Banking by BankBeat magazine/Northwestern Financial Review. Fourteen states participated in this award and only a few women were chosen.  Click here for a recent news article about this award. 
Katie Incantalupo, Vice President HR and Marketing, Star Bank

2018

The holidays are here!
To keep you holiday season merry and bright, Star Bank brings you tips for holiday spending.

Andy Wahlquist, our leader in Wright County, was in the local paper!
Congratulations, Andy, on a successful hunting season!

Article about Andy Wahlquist's successful waterfowl hunt.


Congratulations  to Katie Wahlquist for winning a prestigious award!

Congratulations to Star Bank vice president, Katie Wahlquist, on receiving the 2018 Outstanding Women in Banking award by BankBeat (formerly known as NorthWestern Financial Review magazine). This award was given to five women leaders representing 14 states. Great to see Star Bank in the news! Click the below photo for more info or click here

BankBeat article featuring Katie Incantalupo



Congratulations to Kathy Wevley, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager, on her retirement!

Congratulations to Kathy Wevley, our Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager in Elbow Lake, MN. Kathy retired from the bank in June 2018! Click here for information on her retirement celebration in late May. Kathy had been with the bank for more than 35 years. Congrats on a wonderful career accomplishment, Kathy! We wish you a wonderful and fulfilling retirement!

Congrats to Star Bank Maple Lake! Our Maple Lake office was named the Business of the Year 2017 by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce! Congratulations to the whole team for achieving this great honor. 

Kathy's retirement celebrationKathy at her retirement party.



2017

Ron Schara endorses Star Bank!

Ron Schara is the latest Star Bank 'celebrity endorser' and Ron gives his special testimonial about Star Bank during television commercials which air during his television shows "Backroads With Ron and Raven" and "Rooster Tails". Check your local listings to find these television shows. Thank you, Ron, for being a customer of Star Bank!

Ron Schara and Raven


Star Bank is on TV!

Have you seen Star Bank on TV? Our television commercials air on the television shows "Minnesota Bound" and "Rooster Tails". Check your local listings and watch for us?

Our commercials are found herehttps://vimeo.com/user57479234


Katie Wahlquist, Vice President, graduates with an advanced degree!

Katie Wahlquist, a vice president at Star Bank, earned an advanced degree from the Graduate School of Banking (Boulder, CO.) in July 2017. Congratulations, Katie on your accomplishments!

Click here for a news release. 

Katie Incantalupo, Vice President HR and Marketing, Star BankKatie Incantalupo


Technology News!

The Maple Lake newspaper, The Maple Lake Messenger, featured an article about Star Bank in its early-April edition.

Click HERE for a preview!


Update from President/CEO, Harry Wahlquist
Star Bank has a HUGE bank technology upgrade that is underway. We are modernizing our electronic services and our core processor to better serve our customers everywhere. Click here for a poster to learn more!


2016

Clyde Fischer, a member of Star Bank's Board of Directors, earns an award!

Clyde Fischer, a member of Star Bank's Board of Directors, received the "Legacy of Community Banking Award" from the Independent Community Bankers of MN for his 50-years of service in the banking industry in August. Congrats, Clyde! Thank you for all that you do. 

Clyde Award



Congratulations Jeanette Coleman, Carolyn Truax, and Kris Judd                                   on your retirement!
Three long-time Star Bank employee recently retired from the Bertha bank office.
Jeanette Coleman retired after 43 years of service. Her career path included work as a Teller and Bookkeeper to Operations, Human Resources, Cashier, and Vice President.  Jeanette and her spouse have a Europe trip planned in a few weeks, and she is looking forward to spending more time at the local community center and visiting with friends. 
Carolyn Truax retired after 39 years of service in various capacities from Teller to bank Operations. Carolyn looks forward to spending time with her family and enjoying more social time with friends. 
Kris Judd retired after 14 years of service as a Teller. Kris looks forward to motorcycling and traveling with her spouse during her retirement. They will be visiting Alaska and Seattle this summer. 
Kris, Carolyn, and Jeanette have both been integral to Star Bank’s growth from one office in 1984 to ten offices at present.  These ladies will be missed by the entire Star Bank staff. Congratulations and thank you to Jeanette, Carolyn, and Kris for a combined 96 years of service to Star Bank!


3 elderly ladies celebrating at a retirement partyIn order, Jeanette, Carolyn, and Kris at their retirement celebration!


In the news from Annandale

Our Annandale team was featured in the May 18, 2016 issue of the Annandale Advocate newspaper. Way to go, team!

Star Bank newspaper from May 18, 2016


In the news from Elbow Lake

Ron Schara and his furry friend Raven attended Fun Fest & Family Expo in Elbow Lake, MN on Saturday, April 16, 2016 with the Star Bank team.

A mother holding her daughter while she talks to an older man at a school functionRon signing autographs


In the news from Annandale

The Waterfront Grill just outside Annandale, MN was listed by Cities 97 radio as one of the best patios on April 16, 2016. Congratulations to the management of The Waterfront Restaurant. They are clients of Star Bank. Way to go!


Congratulations Cindy Goepferd on her retirement!

Congratulations to Cindy Goepferd on her retirement from Star Bank! Cindy retired after more than 51 years of service to the bank in Bertha, MN. A celebration in her honor took place on December 31, 2015. Congrats, Cindy! Your time, talent, and dedication will never be forgotten. Best of luck and happiness in your retirement years!

An older lady setting out coffee and cake for customers in the bank lobbyCindy at her retirement celebration!


Cindy Goepferd and Ken Blaske win a prestigious award!

Cindy Goepferd (Bertha office) and Ken Blaske (Board member) were honored on August 8 with the “Legacy of Community Banking” Award for 50 years in the banking industry by the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota (ICBM) at its annual convention. Cindy and Ken have both worked on behalf of Star Bank for their entire banking careers and were celebrated by the state-wide recognition. 

Congratulations to Cindy and Ken! 


A middle aged woman with glasses holding her Legacy of Community Banking awardCindy
Elderly man with glasses wearing a gray suit with white dress shirt holding his Legacy of Community Banking awardKen




2014

Star Bank is honored with a flag ceremony!

Star Bank was honored with a '110 years in banking' flag ceremony on October 15, 2014 in its Maple Lake branch. Independent Community Bankers of MN (ICBM) presented the flag to bank ownership, the bank's Board of Directors, and all branch managers. 

Click here for more information.
Star Bank Board of Directors being presented a folded American flag at a 110 years in banking ceremony

From left to right: Katie Wahlquist, Andy Wahlquist, and Harry Wahlquist of Star Bank and Marshall McKay of ICBM.


Star Bank is now on LinkedIn and Facebook!
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