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People in the News Sept. 1, 2022

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Faber honored for 28 years with SMOC
Darla Faber of rural Luverne was recently honored for her 28 years of service with the Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council.
In the July 27 Minnesota Community Action Partnership’s annual conference in Willmar, Faber received a plaque and public recognition for her “dedication and commitment to SMOC and the communities it serves.”
Althoff’s design chosen for Chicago Tribune’s anniversary logo
Luverne High School graduate Kristen Althoff designed the official anniversary logo for the Chicago Tribune’s 175th celebration.
Her design encompassed the newspaper’s past, present and future, according to the Chicago Tribune story about the newspaper’s anniversary and logo contest.
The gold-colored circular logo featured a sketch of the Chicago skyline from the newspaper’s current masthead with the number “175” rising out of rays of light. The rays appeared in the Tribune’s masthead in 1862, shortly after the newspaper’s founding.
Althoff is the digital design director for Tribune Publishing and said “subtlety and elegance” were her inspirations for the logo.
“I wanted to create something that felt timeless and tied to the newspaper’s history, but also give a fresh and modern spin,” she said in the Tribune interview.
Althoff’s logo was used on the Tribune’s masthead through the month of June  and is emblazoned on limited-edition apparel and mugs for sale in the Tribune’s e-commerce store.
Althoff is the daughter of Terry and Deb Althoff, Luverne. She graduated from LHS is 1999.
Minnwest Bank announces Melissa Fick as new market president
Minnwest Bank announced on Friday that Melissa Fick is its new market president in Luverne.
Fick is a familiar face to Minnwest Bank customers, most recently serving as a commercial and agriculture relationship manager since 2016.
“Melissa is highly respected for her knowledge of agriculture and commercial financing,” said Dan Koster, ag division leader for Minnwest Bank.
“We look forward to continuing our tradition of exceptional customer experience under her leadership.”
Fick brings over 20 years of experience in banking and financial services in the Luverne and Sioux Falls areas to her new position.
“I am excited to continue building relationships with local businesses and ag operations right here in the Luverne community,” Fick said.
Joining her on the team will be Matt Overgaard, relationship manager, and Nancy Scheidt, portfolio manager. Together, this team holds over 70 years of experience serving customers’ loan, deposit and other banking needs.
Fick earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture and business management from South Dakota State University.
She serves as a school board member for Southwest Minnesota Christian Schools in Edgerton.
About Minnwest Bank
Minnwest Bank is a family-owned financial services company providing agriculture, commercial and personal banking services throughout Minnesota and South Dakota.
It is one of Minnesota’s largest banks, with $2.7 billion in assets and 36 branch locations. For more information about Minnwest Bank, visit

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