Karen Stowell receives service award for 25 years with CB&T!

Karen Stowell is receiving a service award for 25 years with Citizens Bank & Trust. She started working at Citizens Bank in 1973, under the Office Education Program through her school. In June of 1974, she started working full time at the Bank as a bookkeeper and teller. In 1979, she left the Bank to move to Beaufort, SC with her husband who was in the Marine Corp. In 1987, she was hired back at Citizens Bank and worked as a teller and later became the Safe Deposit Box Attendant.

 If you have ever wondered who’s behind the phone when you call the Bank, Karen is one of the employees to answer the phone. She is also the one of the first ones to greet customers when they come in to the Bank.

Karen is married to Gordy Stowell. She has two sons, Jered and Brian (married to Gina). She has one granddaughter Kayla. Karen enjoys spending time with her family and dog Rocky.

Congratulations Karen!!

Congratulations to Jane Powell for 15 years of service at Citizens Insurance Agency!

Congratulations to Jane Powell! She is celebrating her 15 year anniversary with Citizens Insurance Agency.

Having grown up in Hutchinson, Jane is a hometown girl. She has actually worked for Citizens Insurance Agency for over 23 years, but left after the first 8 to pursue a job designing in the home decor industry for 5 years.  This put her education in graphic design to good use!

Jane is married to Craig Powell (owns NAPA Auto Parts) and they have 2 sons Jake, married to Brooke, and Tyler.  She is also a grandmother to Harper (2) and Hawkins (1 week!), and enjoys every minute spent with them.

For 8 years, she was the McLeod County Chair of the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days and found it to be a very rewarding experience. Jane’s current passion is her new business, Prairie Haven (www.prairiehavendesign.com), which is an occasional sale open for 3 days every 2 months.  The need to design and work with color has always been woven into her life, whether through gardening or more recently decorating her grandchildren’s bedrooms.

 “I enjoy working at the insurance agency, because our staff is small enough that we are able to build relationships with our customers. We work in a pretty comfortable atmosphere and hopefully that translates to our customers and they feel relaxed, since insurance is not the most fun product to shop for!” – Jane Powell

Congratulations Jane!


Theresa Vacek celebrates 15 years of service at CB&T!

Theresa Vacek celebrates 15 years of service at CB&T!

Theresa started working at Citizens Bank in 1997 as a teller. She moved to the accounting department in 1998 where she holds her current position as an Accounting Assistant.

Theresa and her husband Brian have three sons and three grandchildren. She loves to spend time with her family, cooking, gardening and knitting.

Congrats on your anniversary!

Congratulations to Lori Swenson!

Congratulations to Lori Swenson who is celebrating her 15 year anniversary with Citizens Bank!

Lori is a Customer Service Representative where she assists customers with new deposit accounts and all the services related to deposit accounts. Lori’s favorite part of her job is the customer relationships that have developed over the years.

Lori and her husband, Tim (a 3M employee), have two children. Their daughter, Sarah, is a senior at MSUM and their son Zak, is a junior at UWEC. Spending time at the family cabin on Woman Lake near Hackensack (her hometown) and reading a good book are a couple of the things Lori enjoys in her leisure time.

Congratulations Lori!!


Welcome to Hutchinson!

Thanks to all of those who sponsored and participated in the Hutchinson signs renovation project.  The signs have now been refurbished and can be seen at the main highway entrances to the city.  Thank you to the Burich Foundation for sponsoring the signs as well.  The attached photo includes people from the Hutchinson Ambassadors, City of Hutchinson, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Crow River Sno Pros, Hutchinson Utilities Commission, Odd Fellows, Burich Foundation, and The Minnesota Website Co.

Jeff Jensen celebrates 5 years!

We would like to congratulate Jeff Jensen on his 5 year anniversary with Citizens Bank!

Jeff grew up in Hutchinson and graduated from Mankato State University with a BS degree in finance. Jeff started working at CB&T in January, 2007 as the Ag. Loan Officer. He has 3 boys that keep him very busy with their many activities including hockey, baseball, football, fishing and 4-H. Jeff has been involved with the Hutchinson Jaycees, Hutchinson Kiwanis Club, McLeod County Pheasants Forever and is currently on the MN Extension Service board.  

Happy Anniversary Jeff!

Social Media Breakfast – How to get better results using Facebook tools

Today at the Social Media Breakfast, CB&T employees Jessi Wendland and Mandy Baldry were part of the discussion panel on how to get better results using Facebook tools.  Beth Gasser (Vivid Image), Jen Epper (Buffalo Wild Wings – Mankato and Hutchinson) and Kurt Thompson (Southwest Initiative Foundation) were also part of the discussion board. Some of the topics discussed were what tools you use to better manage your facebook page, the goals of your fan page, how to use paid ad options and what is your favorite feature on Facebook. It was great to get new ideas from other businesses on how they have made their fan page a success.  The next Social Media Breakfast is December 27, 2012 which will explore the tools and techniques used to plan your social media marketing in 2013. “Like” us on Facebook and to find out what all the Buzz is about!


 Mandy Baldry (CB&T), Chris Brecht (Citizens Insurance Agency), Jane Powell (Citizens Insurance Agency and owner of Prairie Haven), and Jessi Wendland (CB&T)


12 Angry Men

The Hutchinson Theatre Company just wrapped up it’s nearly sold out production of 12 Angry Men this past weekend.  This show broke the organization’s attendance record, exceeding 1,000 paid guests over six shows.  The Hutchinson Theatre Company has been existence for 10 years as a non-profit organization.  They produce three shows per year: a spring dessert theater, a summer musical, and a fall dinner theater. The Hutchinson Theatre Company is dedicated to high quality theatrical performance while providing educational and recreational opportunities to the surrounding communities.  They are a proud member of the Hutchinson Center for the Arts and our very own, Carol Stark, serves on the board.  Mark your calendars for their next production, Hot Property, coming in April 2013!