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Bird Island bank names Lang vice president

BIRD ISLAND -- State Bank of Bird Island President Sharon Marks announces that Scott Lang has been named vice president and commercial and agricultural lender. He had previously held lending positions with Farm Credit Services of Minnesota Valley and Marquette/Wells Fargo in Dassel.

In his new position, Lang will focus in the continued development and expansion of the agricultural and small business commercial lending areas.

"I am excited to bring high expectations of how customers should be treated in working through the very important financial decisions of managing the financial aspects of a farm or business in today's economy,'' he said.

Lang is vice president of the Buffalo Creek Watershed Board and is active in the Meeker County Corn Growers where he served as treasurer for 10 years, as well as serving as the corn plot chairman and in the Renville County Farm Bureau. He also serves as a park and rec minor league baseball coach

The State Bank of Bird Island has assets in excess of $40 million and offers business, agricultural, real estate and consumer loans, savings and financial services.

Lake Region Bank promotes Malone

NEW LONDON -- Mike Malone was recently promoted to vice president at Lake Region Bank in New London. His primary responsibilities include development and servicing of business relationships. He is also the bank security officer.

Malone began his career in banking in 1993 and joined Lake Region Bank in 1997. He has worked in commercial lending and account relationship management and most recently was an assistant vice president at the bank.

Malone is the treasurer for the local Lions Club and has served as committee member at his church and is involved in various civic organizations and activities.

A native of Willmar, Malone earned a bachelor's degree in economics from St. John's University. He and his wife, Jamie, and their three children, reside in Spicer.

United FCS distributes patronage

WILLMAR -- United FCS announces it will distribute $6 million in cash patronage to member-owners in early March. This patronage distribution -- a return of a portion of the association's net earnings to eligible customers -- raises the combined total patronage paid to over $50 million since 2002.

United FCS posted record net earnings in 2010 due in part to continued growth in both loan volume outstanding and membership. The association also benefited from significant one-time events in non-interest income and other gains.

As a result of exceptional performance in 2010, the patronage distribution for 2010 (payable in March 2011) was set at $6 million, up 25 percent from 2009.

"As a member-owned cooperative, we understand the importance of returning excess capital to our membership, a fundamental cooperative principle, in the form of cash patronage when we have a successful year," said Board Chair Greg Jans.

"It is really all about staying focused on the long-range success of our membership," said CEO Marc Knisely. "By offering exceptional service, competitive pricing, reliability and convenience, we help set the stage for customer success; then we cap it off with cash patronage."

United FCS is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation's rural economy, that has been supporting agriculture and rural communities for more than 95 years.

Serving over 5,000 customer-members, the association provides loans, leases and other of financial services in 22 counties in west central Minnesota and north central Wisconsin.

Going Places

Leanne Schillinger, sales associate of American Solutions for Business of Glenwood, was among 10 outstanding business leaders to be honored at the Advertising Specialty Institute's inaugural Top Women to Watch in the Advertising Specialty Industry awards ceremony during the recent Women's Summit in Dallas, Texas.

City of Willmar Building Permits

Feb. 1 to 18, 2011

Armond Mazzucco, Rick Saurez, 1400 Lakeland Dr. N.E., Lot 14, demo mobile home, $0.

Tejeda Guzman, 214 Fourth St. S.W., remodel upstairs west apartment, $26,500.

Brent Emch, 1801 Fourth St. N.E., residential re-side, $10,000.

First Presbyterian Church, 312 Sixth St. S.W., upgrade windows/remodel altar, $18,200.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1108 Highway 12 E., remodel/addition to restrooms for handicap accessibility, $35,750.

Paul Meyer, 1215 13th Ave. S.W., interior drain tile, $2,875.

Matt Dawson, 1010 Meadow Lane S.W., interior drain tile, $4,005.

Roy Stiff, 412 Litchfield Ave. S.W., interior tenant remodel/handicap restroom, $10,000.

Steve Lopez, 1400 Lakeland Dr. N.E., Lot 211, demo mobile home, $0.

All information is from the City of Willmar Building Inspection Report. The value of the project is rounded to the nearest dollar. Building removals have no dollar value.