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Security Financial Bank Completes Merger with Jackson County Bank
EAU CLAIRE – Security Financial Bank (SFB) announced today that it has completed its merger with Jackson County Bank. The combined entity, which will operate as Security Financial Bank, now has about $850 million in assets and 150 employees.
Security Financial Services Corporation (SFSC), the parent company of SFB, purchased Jackson County Bank in November 2020. The two financial institutions were operated independently until today’s merger.
“We are pleased to announce the completion of our merger with Jackson County Bank,” said Paul Rudersdorf, SFB president and CEO. “We welcome our new employees and clients to Security Financial Bank and look forward to being part of the local community.”
Established in 1934 in Durand, Wisconsin, Security Financial Bank is a locally owned financial institution focused on business and agriculture now with offices in Alma Center, Black River Falls, Bloomer, Durand, Eau Claire, Ladysmith and River Falls.
For more information on SFB, please visit www.sfbank.com or call 888-254-0615.
Northern Business Products has Joined Forces with Innovative Office Solutions
We're teaming up for a brighter future, combining the capabilities and experience from both companies to create a stronger offering for our customers.
An important update regarding hospital visitor policies
Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Wis. – As the fast-spreading COVID-19 Delta variant continues to affect our communities, Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is working to control the spread by updating visitor policies at the following western Wisconsin hospitals, effective Tuesday, August 24, 2021:
The visitor restrictions are as follows:
Junior Achievement Welcomes New Board Member
Eau Claire, Wisconsin – Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Northwest Wisconsin is pleased to announce a new board member, Amy Miller.
Amy has worked for 14 years in retail leadership and has a drive for good quality customer service as well as associate development. Currently, Amy is an Assistant Store Director at Festival Foods. She has been with Festival Foods for five years and has held various roles at both the Clairemont Ave and Mall Dr store locations.
Tim Own Opens New Edward Jones Branch Office
Tim Owen has been named to open a new Edward Jones branch office located at 923 W. Clairemont Ave. in Eau Claire, the firm announced.
Owen has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Owen said he is enthusiastic about opening an additional branch office. "I joined this firm because I was impressed with its commitment to individual investors," he said. "Now, I'm looking forward to meeting with the individuals here to help them meet their financial goals."
Edward Jones, a fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm's nearly 19,000 financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients with a total of $1.6 trillion in assets under care. Visit edwardjones.com or the recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.
THE RCU FOUNDATION GIVES $250,000 TO RIVERWOOD NATURE CENTER
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – The RCU Foundation recently made a $250,000 gift to Riverwood Nature Center in Star Prairie, WI. The nature center is undergoing a significant renovation to transition the former chicken hatchery into a 30+ acre nature preserve along the Apple River.
The RCU Visitor and Interpretive center will be a point of welcome for guests and house exhibits and spaces for community events and education. “We are thrilled to add the RCU Foundation to our growing circle of partners on this project,” said Kim Anderson, Executive Director, Riverwood Nature Center.
The Center has enjoyed strong local support from area conservation organizations, community service groups, and businesses. “It was clear that Riverwood Nature Center fills a vital community need and project leaders have created a circle of supporters and community partners to ensure success,” observed John Sackett, President, RCU Foundation.
Riverwood Nature Center currently hosts a local farmer’s market and visitors can enjoy the hiking trails, picnic areas, and more than 3,000 feet of frontage along the Apple River. Building remodeling and improvements will take place through spring 2022. More than 5,000 visitors are anticipated each year.
THE RCU FOUNDATION GIVES $150,000 TO WESTFIELD HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2021
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – The RCU Foundation made a $150,000 gift to Westfields Hospital Foundation in New Richmond, WI. The hospital recently completed a kitchen and café remodel to improve healthy food options for patients, visitors, and staff.
The Rivers Café sponsored by RCU Foundation is a redesigned café space and expanded kitchen. The updated facilities are both beautiful and functional. “Our nutrition services staff can now prepare and cook fresh food for the hospital using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible,” noted JoAnn Wrich, Director, Westfields Hospital Foundation. “We are grateful for the upgraded facilities and excited to continue advancing health through nutrition.”
Westfields Hospital and Clinic has served the New Richmond, WI, community for more than 70 years. “Health care is a vital need in our communities, especially now, and the Foundation is proud to support Westfields Hospital,” said John Sackett, President, RCU Foundation. “The updated kitchen and café will bring benefits to patients, staff, and visitors for many years to come.”
Future kitchen and café offerings will include take-n-bake meals for staff to assist with work-life balance and nutrition classes for patients and community members.
About RCU Foundation
The RCU Foundation (Foundation) was established in 2012 to support organizations and initiatives in communities where Royal Credit Union operates in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. The Foundation focuses on large-scale, capital projects that help build community and create the spaces where people come together. Focus areas include education, health, and the arts. The Foundation hosts the annual Rock the Riverfront-Charity Classic event in Eau Claire. Currently, it has awarded more than $6 million in grants. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About Royal Credit Union
Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 230,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology built on a strong purpose and values. You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 26 counties in western Wisconsin or 16 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood. Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Olmsted, Pine, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright. Realtors in the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota are also eligible to join the credit union. Visit rcu.org or call Royal Credit Union at 800-341-9911 for more information.
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UW-Eau Claire to require masks indoors starting Aug. 30
Chancellor James Schmidt said the mask requirement will be in place in all campus buildings in Eau Claire, Rice Lake and Marshfield. All students and employees who have not provided proof of vaccination will be required to test weekly on campus. Full story.
Chancellor: UW-Eau Claire's public good mission in action during pandemic
In his annual state-of-the-university message, Chancellor James Schmidt said a collaboration among UW-Eau Claire and its many partners made the university "the nexus for community health and education in the Chippewa Valley and Rice Lake." Full story.
Eight receive excellence awards as academic year opens
UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt honored faculty and staff members for their excellence during the Blugold Breakfast and academic year opening meeting. Full story.
Students use new state-of-the-art instruments in summer research project
The chemistry and biochemistry department’s new X-ray diffractometer, an instrument used for many purposes including analysis of crystals of organic and inorganic small molecules at the atomic level, is creating new opportunities for student research. Full story.
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