HTC Team News and Honors

  • Our team had a Kentucky Derby party in May. Gary Hanson received a prize for best
    dressed and Lori Theis received one for best fascinator (hat).

  • Several employees attended the FMWF Chamber event featuring Mel Robbins. Jill
    McAndrew and Michelle Hoppe were able to meet her as well.

  • We held a school supply drive and donated to the United Way in support of their annual
    effort to help area students in need.

  • Dustin Sobolik hosted HTC’s semi-annual market update webinar and gave us a review
    of the market, inflation, gas prices, and an outlook on what we should expect in the
    coming months.
  • Three new employees joined Heartland Trust this quarter. We welcomed Jace
    Gilleshammer (Left), IT Coordinator; Tim Rensch (Center), Retirement Services – Relationship Manager;
    and Abby Kruse (Right), our summer intern. Abby is a local high school English teacher who
    decided to give up her summer vacation and help with projects around the office. You
    can learn more about Abby in the employee profile of this issue of our newsletter.

 

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Meet Abby Kruse

Meet Abby Kruse 
Abby Kruse is a local high school English teacher who helps with projects around the office this
summer. She and Ethan Linder, Administrative Associate – Personal Trusts, are planning their wedding
in September 2023.

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HTC Team News and Honors 

  • Jennifer Johnston and Missy Zarak attended the Lady Boss retreat in Nisswa, Minnesota, in early March. Ethan Linder, Jennifer Johnston, Kevin Wangen and Lori Theis participated in the annual Bowling for Kids event sponsored by Big Brother Big Sister.

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Meet Kevin Wangen

Meet Kevin Wangen

Kevin Wangen is the wealth management associate at HTC. He holds a finance degree from North Dakota State University, from where he graduated on the same day he got married.

Tell us about yourself

I was born in Langdon, North Dakota, and my family moved to Harvey, North Dakota, when I was 4. My parents still live there so I visit when I can. Growing up in a small town had a profound impact on my life. I moved to Fargo for college and now live here with my wife and four kids, who are 2, 5, 7, and 9. It can certainly be challenging, but I try to be the best dad and husband I can.

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HTC Team News and Honors

  • HTC held our annual staff retreat in January at the Plains Art Museum. During this event, we review the previous year and provide expectations for the future.
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Meet Renee Hobbs

Meet Renee Hobbs

Renee Hobbs is an administrative associate for trust and personal accounts at HTC.

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in the small town in south-central North Dakota and graduated from NDSU with a bachelor of science degree in business. I am married and have one daughter who is getting married this year.

 

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HTC Team News & Honors Q4 2021

Jan Nelson again served on the YWCA Cass Clay Chocolate Fantasy planning committee. This event benefits the YWCA Emergency Shelter for women and children in need. Special thanks to the other volunteers from HTC: Ethan Linder, Jon Benson, Kari Skauge, Kevin Wangen, and Michelle Hoppe.

 

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Meet Lori Theis

Meet Lori Theis

Lori Theis is a compliance associate at Heartland Trust. She makes sure all reports are filed, boxes are checked, and everything is compliant with the regulations and standards HTC must follow.

Tell us about yourself.

I was born, raised, and still live in Moorhead, Minnesota. I have one son, Adam, who got married earlier this year. I am proud to say I am going to be a first time Grandma in February of 2022. I also have a dog; he is a beagle and his name is George. 

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HTC Team News and Honors

 

Sheryl Bernier retired after 31 years at Heartland Trust Company. Sheryl was employee #2 at Heartland and with Steve Halverson created North Dakota’s first independent trust company. We will miss seeing her every day and wish her well on her new journey!

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Meet Kari Skauge

Kari Skauge is the new kid on the block at Heartland Trust. She came onboard this quarter as our compliance officer. We are very glad to have her.

Tell us about yourself

I grew up in Hawley, Minnesota, and then attended the University of North Dakota where I earned a degree in business management. I started my career in the financial industry in 2013 and found my niche with compliance. Through our journey, my husband and I ended up building a home on the same farm where I grew up. I can honestly say, there is no place like home!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to spend time with family playing pinochle and cribbage, traveling, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing. My favorite chore is mowing the lawn – there is nothing more relaxing!

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