Lake Elmo Bank celebrating 20 years in Oakdale with a commitment to community

Lake Elmo Bank's Commercial Lending Team includes Eric Graf, Mike Mazzara, Nate Mears, Jodi Christensen, Bryan Kemnetz, JoAn Hoffmann, Ryan Benson and Dan Raleigh.

Lake Elmo Bank's Oakdale Office — celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Lake Elmo Bank is proud to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Oakdale office, this year. While the bank itself started in 1911, the Oakdale location will mark two decades in June, with an afternoon full of food and fun.

The local bank is truly a  community bank with a customer base of half retail and half commercial.

Lake Elmo Bank works closely with local businesses. The bank is big enough to handle large commercial loans with a commitment to personal service.

"We have a great relationship with our neighboring businesses," says Jodi Christensen, Oakdale Office Manager and Vice President — Relationship Management. "All of the businesses work together."

Lake Elmo Bank, working in partnership with the City of Oakdale, offers community Fix-Up loans to Oakdale residents.

"We work closely with the city to offer home improvement financing for people within the community," Christensen says. "Our goal is to help homeowners improve their homes and, in turn, improve the neighborhoods.”

Lake Elmo Bank offers all the products found at big banks, including a full-service Trust Department, Mortgage Department, and a youth banking program, which helps kids learn to budget from pre-school through college.

Lake Elmo Bank provides on-site banking services to senior communities.

The bank is equally committed to its employees. Many started as bank tellers and worked their way up to management.

"There's a reason why we all stay," says Christensen, who herself started as a teller. "We put a large emphasis on making it a good environment for employees. We strive on making people feel comfortable here and it starts with employees. If you like where you work, that will be conveyed." 

With such a low turnover rate, clients get to know their banker and develop close relationships.

"Local ownership is huge for our customers," says Christine Clark, Vice President. "Decisions are made locally."

Lake Elmo Bank will celebrate its Oakdale anniversary on June 18. Whether you're a local business, long-term customer or new to the community, everyone is welcome to celebrate this local bank's rich history.

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