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Friends and Family

Paying It Forward to Our Friends & Family

Each year, every Bell Bank employee receives time off and a gift card through the Friends and Family program to spend doing something fun with loved ones. Here are just a few of our 2017 Friends and Family stories.

“What a special gift and memory we have because of your generosity. Thank you, Bell Bank, for all the generosity you give to us. We’re very proud to work for this company.” – Brenda Messerschmidt, Moorhead branch manager
Kristi Krebs 

Kristi Krebs, a loan servicing manager in Fargo, took her family to LEGOland (The LEGO Store), Crayola Experience and UnderWater World at the Mall of America near Minneapolis.

Mary Voss 

Mary Voss, correspondent banking business development officer in Iowa, went trout fishing with her family in Colorado.

Bill Quam 

Bill Quam, a business analyst in Fargo, took his family to Seattle for his and his wife’s 25th wedding anniversary.


Nan Anderson, an accounts payable specialist in Minneapolis, flew her mom’s grandson in from Boston and planned a surprise party for her 90th birthday.

Alison Lutgen 

Alison Lutgen, a loan verification specialist in Fargo, took her family to Idaho to watch the eclipse.

Perry Rassler 

Perry Rassler, a commercial lender in Minneapolis, took his son to Pittsburgh to watch Perry’s favorite team, the Minnesota Vikings, play his son’s favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. (The Steelers won.)

Nicky Kungel 

Nicki Kungel, a trust officer in Fargo, took her daughters to San Diego, where they visited Coronado Island, the San Diego Zoo and La Jolla.

Cody Schenck 

Cody Schenck, a credit officer in Bloomington, Minn., took his wife on a “babymoon” in downtown Minneapolis before their son was born.

Bill Zimbinski 

Bill Zimbinski, a loan officer in Bloomington, Minn., took his son to the NCAA Frozen Four college hockey tournament in Chicago, where they watched Bill’s alma matter, the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs.

Vicki Nielsen 

Vikki Nielsen, a trust officer in Fargo, took her family on a road trip to the Atlantic Ocean, making stops to visit family and some of their favorite college towns along the way.

Brenda Messerschmidt 

Brenda Messerschmidt, Moorhead branch manager, went on a 16-day trip to Iceland with her two sisters. It included horseback riding and relaxing at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

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