BetterLife Spotlight: An Ongoing Series

At Gate City Bank, we’ve invested in the best: team members who are driven to make a difference by creating a better way of life for customers, communities and one another. Because we know when passions shine, our people shine.

David Hadden

Moments have always meant a great deal to David Hadden. His job is to capture them, telling our story through beautiful photos, video and graphic design.

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Darlene Risch

From paralysis to the pandemic, Darlene Risch touches on her 50 years of perseverance and triumph at Gate City Bank.

Megan Bistodeau smiles from her desk at Gate City Bank in Sauk Rapids Minnesota

Megan Bistodeau

Megan Bistodeau and her beloved team members are making a huge community impact in our central Minnesota locations.

Phil Swan smiles from his desk in Gate City Bank’s fraud department

Phil Swan

Our own Phil Swan has an amazing story to tell! He’s a former police officer who has served as fraud manager at the bank since 2018, helping to protect customers from security threats, scams and identity theft.

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Sue Anderson

Meet Sue Anderson! When it comes to helping customers navigate life’s financial setbacks – especially the COVID-19 pandemic – she and her team have offered hope and healing to those who need it most.

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Leona Hurlbut

Meet Leona Hurlbut! Her hobby of crocheting stuffed animals and blankets for expecting mothers creates warmth in more ways than one. Each creation is unique – like her approach to helping Gate City Bank customers.

Darryl Jorgenson sits at his desk at Gate City Bank in Grand Forks ND

Darryl Jorgenson

Meet Darryl Jorgenson! If there’s anyone who fully appreciates what it means to take a leap of faith, it’s him. From leaving a successful former life for something better to helping customers with PPP loans during the pandemic, he’s discovered a knack for adventure – and found an amazing work family along the way.

Lisa Balzer smiles while sitting on a couch and posing for the camera

Lisa Balzer

Years ago, Lisa Balzer had to leave her Gate City Bank family to help relatives experiencing health challenges. Little did she know, her bank story was far from over, and the old part-time role she missed would blossom into a full-time career.