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First National Bank in Hastings celebrated the opening of its new building with a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday afternoon. Pictured from left are Darwin Kruse, Mo Sieben, LaVonne Soleim, Frank Farrar, Chad Collignon, Aaron Rother, Todd Seeman, Robert Farrar, Connie Johlfs, Mark Christiansen and Joe Grandgeorge. Submitted photo

First National Bank opens new building

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On Monday, Aug. 18, First National Bank of Hastings opened its new doors to the public for the first time.

The bank, located at 1400 N. Frontage Road, has been under construction most of this year after the former building was torn down to make room for a new one.

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Construction ran into a few significant delays, including having to transfer a neighboring business’ power supply onto a new transformer, a cold winter that made work difficult and a wet spring that disrupted activity even more, said Chad Collignon, branch president.

There are still a few things to tidy up before the site is fully complete, but all of that is on the outside of the building and on the grounds. The inside of the new building is finished, Collignon said. The exterior and landscaping work he hopes to see completed by mid-September, he said.

The goal is to have everything done in time for the bank’s grand opening, scheduled for Sept. 17, and for its Business After Hours event, set for Sept. 16.

Business After Hours is an event sponsored by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. It is a chance for the community to see the building and enjoy hors d’oeuvres. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

The next day will be the bank’s grand opening event, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17. There will be pulled pork sandwiches, activities for kids and adults, a drawing to win an iPad Mini, special offers for new bank accounts and a chance to win a jar full of coins by guessing how much money is in the jar. KDWA radio will also be broadcasting live at the bank during the grand opening.

First National Bank has moved all its operations into the new building, including the operations that had been located along Second Street just west of the bridge. That location’s last day of business was Aug. 15, Collignon said. All the services that had been offered there are now offered at the North Frontage Road location.

The Second Street building is now up for sale, and Collignon said he’s hoping to see a purchase finalized in the next few weeks.

For more about First National Bank, go to www.firstnationalbanks.com.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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