Bank has grand celebration

It was billed as a ‘grand opening’ and by all accounts it was, as Security State Bank hosted a pancake breakfast and an open house at its new facility on Saturday.     The big event not only celebrated the new bank building on the corner of Highway 55 and County Road 8 which opened for business in late June, but also the 95th anniversary of the establishment of Security State Bank in 1907.

The free pancake breakfast in the nearby high school cafeteria served over 600 people, with 250 of that total coming from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. An unexpected highlight was the pancake flipping antics by cook Gregg White of Chris Cakes. White sent pancakes flying to plates held by adventerous breakfast-goers who were willing to take a chance on their ability to catch their food.

Inside the new bank building, a photo exhibt of 95 years of Security State Bank in Maple Lake was on display, along with tours of the facility offered by bank staffers and a booth featuring a drawing for door prizes.

Prize winners were: Zachary Flemming of Annandale, Mongoose bike; Mary Jude of Maple Lake, coin collection; Ken Christensen of Maple Lake, grill set; Janet Atzl of Buffalo, TV; Anne Paumen of Maple Lake, knife set; Florence Menth of Maple Lake, women’s watch; Bill Olson of Annandale, men’s watch; Clara Jude of Maple Lake, lamp.

“I would like to thank the community for helping to make the day a success,” said bank president Doyle Van Dyne, noting that having so many local residents make time to attend the grand opening was the key to that success.