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Medallion is Found

The State Bank Dozinky Medallion was found the morning of Thursday, September 3rd.  Gary and Marita Kaminsky found the medallion at the outdoor ice arena.  They heard about the Hunt on KCHK and zeroed in on the medallion with the second clue that included “sooner or later everything will be frozen.”  State Bank of New Prague introduced the Medallion Hunt and offered $300 to the finder.  Congratulations to the Kaminskys and thanks to everyone who participated!  State Bank is overwhelmed with your positive feedback, and the planning for next year's Hunt is underway!


President Bruce Wolf presents the Kaminskys with their $300 prize.

Medallion Hunt Clue #2

Medallion Hunt Clue #1

Medallion Hunt Rules and Guidelines

Please follow the rules and guidelines below to ensure a safe and fun event.    

Thank you for your participation and we hope you enjoy it!

1.       The medallion is hidden on public land within the City of New Prague limits.  Please be aware and observant of posted park hours.

2.       The hiding place was selected with safety and accessibility given the highest consideration.  No location has been or would be selected that requires physical risk.

3.       The medallion is not buried or hidden at a height requiring climbing or special equipment, though it may be camouflaged or hidden within something easily accessible. The medallion is not placed in a lighting fixture nor any piece of maintenance equipment; no disassembly of park equipment is necessary.  The medallion is not hidden in any golf course, flowerbed, raingarden or body of water. It is not placed in any school, city or public facility including; the New Prague Library, athletic buildings, concession stands or equipment sheds.
4.       Do not destroy, damage or deface any property or otherwise violate laws while searching. The New Prague Chamber of Commerce and State Bank of New Prague reserve the right to terminate the hunt if property is damaged.  Please, be respectful of property, the public and other medallion hunters. 
5.       Once found, the medallion must be brought to State Bank of New Prague (1101 First St SE - New Prague) during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Saturdays 9 am to noon) as soon as possible.
6.       All websites advertising the hunt (NP Chamber of Commerce and State Bank of New Prague) will be updated as soon as the medallion is found.
7.       The finder will receive a cash prize reward in the amount of $300. If more than one person finds the medallion, the reward will be split equally among all finders. The finder(s) may be utilized for media purposes.
8.       Employees of State Bank of New Prague and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.
9.       If the medallion is not found, the hunt will conclude at noon, Saturday, September 19th, 2015. The cash prize will be rolled into next year’s (2016) State Bank Dozinky Medallion Hunt.

2015 State Bank Dozinky Medallion Hunt

The 2015 State Bank Dozinky Medallion Hunt is new to the festival’s roster this year! The hunt is a Dozinky event brought to you by State Bank of New Prague. The first clue, along with the rules and guidelines, will be published in the August 27th edition of the New Prague Times. Subsequent, weekly clues will be available on the Chamber of Commerce and State Bank websites. In addition, the clues will be announced on KCHK, on the outdoor marquis at the Bank, and available for pick up at the Bank and Chamber. Each new clue will be posted online and available for pick up on Thursdays by 9am.  The grand prize for the person who discovers the medallion is $300. If the medallion is not brought to the State Bank of New Prague by noon on September 19th, the grand prize will double for next year’s hunt!

“We are thrilled about this new addition to our community’s festival! We plan to make this medallion hunt an annual event and we hope to have a lot of participation,” said State Bank President, Bruce Wolf.
“State Bank wanted to bring something new and exciting to Dozinky – something the New Prague community will enjoy and rave about. And what an excellent way to get out and enjoy more of our parks and trails in the area,” stated State Bank Assistant Vice President, Amy Fischer.
Wolf and Fischer’s efforts, along with the assistance of the Chamber Board of Directors and State Bank staff, have made the medallion hunt a reality.
Another new item this year is the Dozinky logo. You can see it pictured on the medallion below – taking place of the “o” in “Dozinky.” The artwork is found in Czech folk art and the color adds to its design. This logo represents the Dozinky festival and the strong, Czech heritage found in the New Prague community.  An exact replica of the medallion will be located at the Bank for everyone to see. Pictures of the medallion will also be placed on the Bank’s website and on the Chamber’s social media pages.

Go Green with E-statements!

You get $5 and the Food Shelf gets $5

When you sign up for free e-statements in March, the bank will give you and the food shelf $5 each!  March is Minnesota FoodShare month and together, we will fight hunger!

With e-statements, you will enjoy getting your statement right when it's ready!  If you wish, you can print a paper copy at home.

Signing up is easy!  Sign in to your online banking account and click on "options."  Call us at 952-758-4491 or stop in if you have questions or need help.  We will deposit $5 into your account and send $5 to the Food Shelf in New Prague.

This offer is good during March, 2015 only - so sign up today!

Santa's Visit 2014

Thanks to everyone who came to see Santa!!  You made our event a huge success! 

We wish you a very happy holiday season and a blessed 2015! 

Pictured below are the State Bank of New Prague employees who made the nice list this year.

Christmas Photo Booth

Come check out our Christmas photo booth in the bank lobby and capture fun pictures with your family and friends!

Santa is here Thursday, December 11th from 5:30 pm to 7 pm and this photo booth will be in full swing! (You will have as much fun as your bankers!)




Customer Appreciation 2014

We at State Bank of New Prague always appreciate our customers, but on Friday, October 3rd, we had a day dedicated just for you!  We want to extend a huge thank you for enjoying the day with us!  The weather was cold and windy, but that didn't stop us from having a great time!

As always, thanks for banking with us!

Minnesota FoodShare 2014

Be the hero. Fight hunger!

Minnesota FoodShare Logo

March is Minnesota FoodShare month and the bank is your dropsite for donations.  Accepted donations include money, Coborns' Ham Stamps, non-perishable food items and toiletries. After you donate, be sure to write your name on a paper can so we can hang your name on our "Heroes Fighting Hunger" acknowledgment wall!  See our front desk for more information!

Your generosity benefits the local Peace Center food shelf.  Together, we can fight hunger and help our neighbors in need.

With your help in 2013, we raised $1,417.97 in cash, 1,163 pounds of food and 24 hams from 1,528 donated Coborns' Ham Stamps.

Thank you for your donations!

Escaping the Minnesota Winter?

Planning travel abroad?

You may have read in some of the local newspapers about the increase in reports of credit, debit, and ATM card fraud. Fraudulent activity appears to be increasing in certain areas and with certain merchants. As part of our fraud prevention procedures, we may place “blocks” on particular merchants, businesses, or countries to limit the exposure to this type of activity. Currently we placed a block on all transactions originating from Mexico because of a recent influx of fraudulent transactions. Debit and ATM cards will not work in Mexico unless you notify us of travel to Mexico.  Please call Katie Svoboda, Amy Fischer, Heather Gilhousen or Barb Nyreen to have a travel alert put on your card for your travel dates in Mexico.
It’s a good idea to contact our customer service representatives whenever you leave Minnesota. They will be happy to put a travel alert on your debit card for you!
Happy travels!

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

 Merry Christmas and Happy New

Year from All of Us at the

State Bank of New Prague
Sandy Becker t Kim Bergo t Sue Bisek t Brittany Carlson t Monica Carlson t Marcy Dvorak t Amy Fischer t Gay Gerhardt t Heather Gilhousen t Rita Goggins t Patty Hoefs t Ed Hrabe t Bethany Hrabe t Arlene Kabes t Lisa Korbel  t  Tery Mahowald  t Terry Mattson t  Lucille Nickolay t Madonna Novotny t Theresa Pumper t Ann Slavik t Katie Svoboda t Andrew Wolf t Bruce Wolf t Bev Zvanovec

Mittens for Many

November 16, 2012

Ann Slavik
Customer Service/Marketing
State Bank sponsors “Mittens for Many”
Benefits Adopt-A-Family Program
The State Bank of New Prague is asking you to participate in its 14th annual “Mittens for Many” program. The campaign begins Monday, Nov. 19 and will continue through Thursday, Dec. 6.  It is coordinated with the Adopt-A-Family program in New Prague.
In 2011, the number of families that were served by the Adopt-A-Family program topped out at 385 families, including 879 children! Unfortunately, the need continues to grow. Because of the continued growth, the Adopt-a-Family program joined forces with the LeSueur County Santa Anonymous and can provide for the needs of all who come to them for help.
Adopt a Family will continue to provide shopping lists for clothing and outerwear gifts. The bank is also collecting toys, games, and other gifts for children ages 0-16. These gifts will be distributed through the Santa Anonymous program, where parents will make selections for their own children.
Items for the “Mittens for Many” program can be brought to the bank during regular business hours, Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 4:30pm and through Saturdays, 9 am to noon. For more information, call the State Bank of New Prague at 952-758-4491 or email bank staff at:

And The Winner Is....

November 8, 2012

The Viking is a Winner!
Ann Slavik
Customer Service/Marketing
Gay Gerhardt, one of our tellers, won the employee pumpkin decorating contest by a landslide! Coming in second was the piggy bank pumpkin decorated by our high school teller, Bethany Hrabe. The email and in person ballots were counted twice… all 380 of them …with the same results so no recall was necessary. Each of the 14 employees received prizes for their creative efforts.
Here are the rest of the results of the vote: Third place – Sesame Street’s Count – Monica Carlson, compliance officer; fourth place – Carmen Miranda – Ann Slavik, customer service; fifth place – Black Spider – Amy Fischer, customer service; sixth place – Rita Goggins, customer service; seventh place – Bat pumpkin, Katie Svoboda, customer service. Receiving participation prizes included: White Spider – Sue Bisek, loan department; Fairy – Brittany Carlson, operations department; Witch – Marcy Dvorak, deputy registrar/teller; clown - Heather Gilhousen, deputy registrar/teller; John Deere - Patty Hoefs, loan department; Go Vote!  – Lisa Korbel, loan department; and Witch Princess – Madonna Novotny, teller.
Thank you, all who voted, making our contest such a success. 

State Bank Donates Rug to Falcon Ridge Elementary

September 28, 2012

Helping Students Focus on Positive Behavior
Ann Slavik
Customer Service/Marketing
Falcon Ridge Elementary in New Prague implemented a 2-year program titled Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS). The goal for this program, endorsed by the MN Department of Education, is to help create a positive learning environment and support and create positive student behaviors. It will also strive to reduce discipline problems, support the teacher model of the program, and work for a safe and productive learning environment.
State Bank of New Prague donated a rug to be used throughout the school building. Staff chose the theme for the year to be, “All Students, All Staff, All Settings.”   The rug reiterates the importance of the common set of expectations and pride at the school. We at the bank are proud to assist New Prague’s students and teachers in providing the best possible environment for learning.

Bike Give-Away Winners

September 4, 2012

Bike Give-Away Winners
Ann Slavik
Customer Service/Marketing
Winners of the bike give-away sponsored by the Savers Express Club at the State Bank and presented by President Bruce Wolf are:
Age: 0-3  Ben Rasmussen           Age: 4-7  Jacob Killian            Age: 8-12   Alyssa Blaschko


Savers Express Summer Party

August 31, 2012

Summer Library Party
Ann Slavik
Customer Service/Marketing
State Bank’s Savers Express Saving Club sponsored the New Prague Library’s Summer Reading Program End of Season Party in August. Four brave gentlemen, Mayor Chuck Nickolay, Police Chief Mark Vosejpka, Falcon Ridge Elementary Principal Dave Giesen, and Gymnastics Coach Doug Amundsen, volunteered to man the dunk tank. Several children, in the bank after the party at the library, were so excited that they were able to dunk their principal! The four men were very much in support of the summer reading program that is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Our Savers Express Saving Club members were treated to a pizza lunch before the Library Party. We transported our popcorn wagon to the library for free popcorn during the party. Besides the dunk tank, children enrolled in the reading program were able to slide down a giant blow-up slide and slather themselves with tattoos.



State Bank introduces Mobile Banking!

August 7, 2012

Mobile Banking

Bruce Wolf
     I am happy to introduce you to a new service at the State Bank of New Prague…Mobile Banking.  Mobile Banking is the ultimate on-demand service that allows you to monitor your account from your cell phone at any time, day or night, wherever you happen to be. 
    You don’t need internet access on your phone to take advantage of Mobile Banking. You can send a simple text message to view account balances and transaction history. However, if you do have internet access from your phone, it gets even better. We have a downloadable application to make mobile banking simple. You can log on to view account balances, transaction history, transfer funds between accounts and even pay your bills!
   With Mobile Banking your information is fully secure.  Along with multiple layers of authentication, a personal password and phone activation code keeps your information safe. There is no need to worry about the wrong person having access to your accounts.
   You can enroll in Mobile Banking now by signing into your online banking account. Select Options and then SIGN UP! Make sure you have your phone handy to make the process quick and easy. 
   If you have questions or need help signing up, contact our Customer Service Representatives—Katie Svoboda, Amy Fischer, Ann Slavik or Rita Goggins.

Recycling Project a HUGE Success!

July 30, 2012

Recycling Project Results
Ann Slavik
Customer Service/Marketing
Thank you to our customers and all of New Prague for contributing to our free “Old Electronics Recycling Project”. You brought in over 800 computer towers, monitors, printers and other electronic equipment. We had hundreds of keyboards, mice, scanners, copy machines, speakers, cell phones, stereos, radios, phones and answering machines dropped off at the Bank of Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28.
The recycling company out of Minneapolis spent Monday, July 30th loading 3 large trucks with all the items.