We are a community bank, with community values.  Our employees are your friends and neighbors, which is why we are so passionate about being involved in the neighborhoods, towns and communities that we serve.   

American Bank was recently recognized by the Minnesota Bankers Associate as a Community Champion!
 

 Here are just a few reasons why we were recognized.

 

October 2019
 American Bank Blood Drive
 On October 11th, we collaborated with the Mesabi YMCA and held our first blood drive.  Thank you everyone who supported this event and donated blood.
 
 
Second Harvest North Central Food Bank
October 9th American Bank employees, Shannon, Josie, Kristina and Alex volunteering their time at the Second Harvest North Central Food Bank in Grand Rapids.  They packed 10 totes of cereal and kid's packs. 
 
 
2019 Iron Range STEM Showcase

American Bank was proud to sponsor of the 2019 Iron Range STEM event on October 4th at the Hibbing Memorial Building.  Children stopped by our booth and learned about “gravity” with our awesome bankers.

 
 
September 2019 
Community Impact Month

For the month of September, we celebrated Minnesota Bankers Community Impact Month! This was a way for banks to highlight the many opportunities available to help build stronger, local communities. We are a community bank, with community values and are committed to giving back to local organizations not only during this month, but all year round.

During Community Impact Month, American Bank supported the following agencies: United Way of Northeastern MN, Advocates for Family Peace, Care Partners and Feeding My Starving Children.

  

 
 
National Coffee Day

On September 30th, we had a fun time celebrating National Coffee Day by Cash Mobbing local coffee shops and giving their customers American Bank coffee mugs and we paid for their coffee!

 
 
Financial Education Training

Regional President, Chris Carlson and Personal Bankers, Jessika Plackner & Dar Peters trained individuals on Financial Education as part of Community Impact Month.

 
 
Buddy Backpack Packing Day
 On September 18th, American Bank employees volunteered at United Way of NEMN Dick Enrico Building and bagged 1,760 lunches for their Buddy Backpack program as part of Community Banking Month. The Buddy Backpack program provides a backpack filled with nutritious, nonperishable, child-friendly food items to children who are at-risk of going hungry over the weekends due to various reasons. This program is designed to assist over 1,000 children that are facing hunger between the Iron Range and Koochiching County.
 
 
Lumberjack Kick-Off Event 

On September 7th, American Bank employees participated in the United Way of 1000 Lakes Lumberjack Kick-Off Event.

 

 
August 2019
National Radio Day

On August 20th, we celebrated National Radio Day by delivering treats to our local radio stations! Thank you for entertaining us every day!

 
 
National Soft Ice Cream Day

On August 19th we celebrated National Soft Ice Cream Day by giving away kiddie cones to the first 200 customers at the Grand Rapids Dairy Queen.

 
 
National Night Out

American Bank staff had a great time volunteering during National Night Out on August 6th in Grand Rapids, Hibbing and Mt. Iron.

 
 
Doc Moonlight Graham Parade

On August 3rd, we participated in the 2019 Doc Moonlight Graham Parade.  It was fun and the weather was hot!

 
 
July 2019
National Avocado Day

On July 31st our Community Impact Crew was out celebrating National Avocado Day by cash mobbing Mucho Si in Nashwauk and their customers today. Customers enjoyed guacamole and chips on us.

 
 
Hibbing Jubilee Sweetest Parade

On July 13th, we participates in the 2019 Hibbing Jubilee Sweetest Parade was a blast. A special thank you to Madi Chamberlin for joining American Bank during the parade to help toss footballs and candy!

 
 
National Postal Worker Day

On July 1st, in honor of National Postal Worker Day, we made a few special deliveries to our local post offices. Thank you to all the hardworking men and women who work diligently (in all weather conditions) to deliver all of our mail and packages. We greatly appreciate it!

 
 
June 2019
Hibbing Salvation Army

On June 18th Nora, Nicole and Amanda from our Community Impact Crew volunteered at the Hibbing Salvation Army packing food bags for the food shelf.

 
 
United Way of Northeastern Minnesota's Wild About Reading

On June 13th, credit analysts, Andrea and Stefanie, volunteered their time at United Way of Northeastern MN Wild About Reading event at the Minnesota Discovery Center.

 
 
TRIO Upward Bound

On June 12th, Customer Service Representative, Amanda Pihlaja, taught a class of TRIO Upward Bound students on Financial Literacy at the Hibbing Community College. The Hibbing Community College TRIO Upward Bound (HCC UB) program provides academic and life skills advising as well as social and cultural activities designed to build student’s academic skills, motivation, and the self-confidence necessary to succeed in college. HCC -UB serves 50 students from Hibbing, Chisholm, and Nashwauk-Keewatin School high schools.

 
 
Meet Up and Chow Down
American Bank employees volunteered all summer from June to the end of August helping with United Way of NEMN’s Meet Up and Chow Down program.  They handed out free bagged lunches to children ages 1 – 18 at the Nashwauk Public Library, Hibbing HRA, Hibbing Bennett Park and Virginia AEOA.

 
 
May 2019
Bake Sale for Madi Chamberlin
On May 29th American Bank held a bake sale at our Hibbing office to raise money for 13-year-old Madi Chamberlin. She was battling stage 4 ovarian cancer that metastasized to her lung. All proceeds went directly to the family to assist with medical costs and daily expenses as Madi receives treatment.
 
 
National EMS Week

On May 22nd, in honor of National EMS Week, we made special deliveries to our area emergency medical service heroes and emergency responders for their dedicated service.

 
 
National Police Week

On May 16th, in honor of National Police Week, American Bank employees made special deliveries to our area police departments thanking them for their service and protection.

 
 
Flavor of the North & Hibbing Chamber Luau Pub Crawl

Amanda Pihlaja and Nicole Freeman volunteered at the Hibbing Chamber of Commerce’s Luau Pub Crawl. This was the chamber’s first time coordinating an event like this and it was a huge success!

Linda Roskos and Nicole Freeman volunteered at the United Way’s Flavor of the North. They had a great time and over $47,000 was raised during the event for UWNEMN Buddy Backpack program.

 
 
Walk MS Fundraiser

American Bank employees showed their support for the Walk MS fundraiser at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids this past May. Our employees generously donated $265 to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis.


 
April 2019

Hibbing Police Department K-9 Fundraiser

Luke, Cassie, Nicole, Gerri, Amanda & Becky (not pictured) had a fun night volunteering at the Hibbing Police Department’s K-9 Fundraiser April 8th.

 
 
March 2019

United Way of NEWMN Annual Campaign Celebration

Shelly, Linda, Nicole, Marci, Amanda and Gerri enjoyed a nice evening at the United Way's Annual Campaign Celebration March 28th.  American Bank was a proud sponsor of this event.

 
 
January 2019

Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club

Cathy, Beth, Linette and Dan had a great time at the Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club’s 3rd Annual Minute to Win It event. Although they didn’t win, they had a fun time. American Bank was a proud sponsor of this event.

 

 

December 2018

The Salvation Army

American Bank employees volunteered with the Salvation Army on December 13th, ringing the bells the entire day at Super One locations in Hibbing, Grand Rapids and Virginia.

Pictured: Amanda Pihlaja, Gerri Chapman, Pam Bungarden, Jackie Pochucha, Tracy Clafton, Beth Hyduke, Barb Barthel, Lori Neft, Linette Welshinger, Aj Sorem, Toshia Voss, Rochelle Hyppa, Alia Vogtlin and Dan Foster.

 

 

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank

Christmas time is truly the season of giving. Not only giving gifts but giving back to our communities.  Our amazing staff gave their time by helping the Second Harvest North Central Food Bank in Grand Rapids.

Pictured: Lori Stout, Alex Demarais, Beth Hyduke, Tracy Clafton, JeFF Roers, Julie Rollins,

Lori Neft, Barb Barthel, Mel Sorem, and Josh Thoennes.

 

November 2018

Winter Gear Drive - United Way of Northeastern Minnesota

American Bank held a Winter Gear Drive for United Way of Northeastern Minnesota in November.  We collected 362 hats, mittens, gloves, scarves for children in need in our communities.  

Pictured: Nikki Pride and Jen Carpenter.

 

October 2018

 Read for the Record

Employees participated in Jumpstart's Read for the Record. This is the world's largest shared reading experience - bringing together over 2 million people each year in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across the US.  

Pictured: Nikki Pride and Meghanne Lowen.

 

Community Cafe - Itasca Empty Bowl Project 

Employees volunteered at this organization's event which raised over $33,000 for hunger relief in Grand Rapids and Deer River. Local potters donated bowls and area restaurants donated soup to make this a unique and fun event. 
Pictured: Linette Welshinger and the Community Cafe Board.
 

 

September 2018

Buddy Backpack - United Way of Northeastern Minnesota

American Bank employees volunteered at United Way of Northeastern Minnesota Dick Enrico Building and packed 1,760 backpacks with nutritious, nonperishable, child-friendly food items for children who are at risk of going hungry over the weekends due to various reasons.  This program is designed to assist over 900 children that are facing hunger between the Iron Range and Koochiching County. 

 

 

Community Impact Week

Every September, American Bank participates in Community Impact Week.  It’s a way for banks to highlight the many opportunities available to help build stronger, local communities. We are a community bank, with community values and are committed to giving back to local organizations not only during this week, but all year round.  During Community Impact Week, American Bank supported the United Way of Northeastern MN, Grace House, Care Partners and Feeding My Starving Children.

 

 

August 2018

National Night Out

American Bank employees volunteered during National Night Out on August 7, 2018 at Hibbing Bennett Park. They assisted in handing out food to the public during the city-wide free picnic.  

 

Pictured: Nicole Freeman and Jenn Pontinen. 

 

 

July 2018 

American Bank made a donation of $2,500 to the renovation of the historic Lyric Building.  The Lyric Center for the Arts mission is to provide artistic and educational opportunities for children and adults across the Iron Range while renovating the historic Lyric Building.  American Bank proudly sponsors the arts in our communities. 

Pictured: Mary McReynolds, Executive Director, The Lyric Center for the Arts and Kim Stokes.

 

 

June 2018 through August 2018

Meet Up and Chow Down - United Way of Northeastern Minnesota

American Bank employees volunteered in Nashwauk, Hibbing, Chisholm and Eveleth Monday - Thursday all summer long to help with United Way's Meet Up and Chow Down program - a free summer lunch program for all children.  The program is provided through support from the USDA and Minnesota Department of Education's Summer Food Service Program.  

Pictured: Alia Vogtlin and Hana Wiiliainen.

 

 

June 2018

Day of Action - United Way of 1,000 Lakes

United Way of 1,000 Lakes Day of Action took place on June 21, 2018.  American Bank employees who volunteered at this event spent the day painting, landscaping, creating public art and assembling care packages.  

Pictured: Tracy Clafton and Beth Hyduke.

 

 

March 2018

Hygiene Drive - United Way of Northeastern Minnesota

American Bank held a Hygiene Drive for the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota in March 2018.  We collected hygiene products for children in need in our area communities. 

 

 

Mighty Mutts

American Bank employees volunteered at the 8th Annual Might Mutts event which raised over $24,000.  All monies raised during this event benefits our area animal shelters.

Pictured: Deana Paver, Gerri Chapman and Nicole Freeman.