Star Bank honored with ‘110 Years in Banking’ flag ceremony


Star Bank was honored by Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota (ICBM) for 110 years in banking on October 15, 2014, with a flag ceremony held at Star Bank’s charter location in Maple Lake. ICBM traditionally presents a U.S. flag, which has long been a symbol of freedom, prosperity, and independence, to its member banks that have reached milestone birthdays of 100 years or more in recognition of their dedication to community banking. Since the program started in 2003, more than 85 banks have been recognized. 
Star Bank’s Board of Directors, Star Bank branch managers from 10 office locations, and the bank’s ownership group were all on hand to celebrate the historic occasion. 
Harry Wahlquist, president and CEO of Star Bank stated, “The history of Star Bank goes back over 110 years ago, to 1904, when a national bank was chartered under the name of The First National Bank of Bertha, in Bertha, Minnesota. 
We are proud of the heritage and ‘small-town values’ that have remained a part of our culture over the years.” 
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