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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!

In the news!
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!


Tis the giving season!
Don't get caught in holiday giving scams! Click here to read an article from the Federal Trade commission on holiday donation giving.

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 Katie Incantalupo, Vice President at Star Bank, for winning a prestigious award!

Congratulations to Star Bank vice president, Katie Incantalupo, 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.


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

Ron and his dog, Raven, ready to go fishing!

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 foundhere

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

Katie Incantalupo, 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!


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....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....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....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


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

Star Bank is now on LinkedIn and Facebook!
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