The staff at First Southeast Bank are more than just bankers. We are your friends and neighbors, working and living in the same communities you do! We make it our priority to be active in serving our communities as well as providing you the best financial services available!
New Lending Staff Addition
First Southeast Bank, located in Harmony and Canton, Minnesota is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Aggen to their lending staff. Jessica will be joining the staff as Vice President, concentrating on agricultural lending. Jessica comes to First Southeast Bank with over 17 years of banking experience ranging from operations, compliance, and most recently, lending. “Satisfaction to me is interacting with the community and providing valuable financial assistant to our customers,” commented Aggen.
Raised on a family farm by Benson, MN, Jessica was active in 4-H, FFA, Band and Choir. Her love of agriculture is evident in her extra-curricular activities including being an adult advisor to the Minnesota Junior Simmental Association, Committee Chair for the upcoming Simmental Junior Nationals, 4-H Swine Project Development Committee, 4-H Beef Project Development Committee, Fillmore County 4-H Market Livestock Committee, Minnesota Junior Livestock Show volunteer, and as a member of the Minnesota Simmental Association.
Jessica and her husband Matt, along with Dr. Lynn and Barb Aggen, own and operate Oak Meadow Farms. Jessica enjoys watching their boys show their beef and swine at county, state and national levels and attending high school sporting events, camping and spending time with family and friends. “We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Jessica’s credentials joining our team as we look forward to continuing our commitment to agriculture in southeast Minnesota,” stated First Southeast Bank President Christopher Skaalen. Back To Top
Chris Eide joins the bank as Executive Vice President and is located in the Harmony office.
Eide brings 15 years of agriculture and banking experience to FSEB. He previously worked for a neighboring COOP and other financial institutions. Eide attended college in River Falls WI, where he earned a BS degree in Agronomy.
Growing up on a farm in Rushford and working with farmers for a number of years, Chris brings a strong understanding of agriculture. He enjoys working with people to achieve their financial goals and Chris believes in the importance of building long standing relationships with his customers.
Chris enjoys hunting, fishing and camping. Spending time with his family and watching his daughter dance. He also has a love for cooking and will BBQ for family events.
Eide volunteers for local town celebrations such as Dairy Night on the Farm for both Winona and Fillmore County and also helps with the tractor pull at Rushford Days.
“We are very happy that Chris has agreed to become a part of our team,” stated Christopher Skaalen, President of First Southeast Bank. “Chris has a dedication to local community banking and providing financial expertise that will allow our customers to grow.” Back To Top
Holiday Hours & Special Events
CLOSE EARLY - This includes the Drive-Up
We will close at 3:00 on Friday - December 30th
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New Years Eve, Saturday - December 31st
Day after New Years - Monday January 2nd
FIRST SOUTHEAST BANK WINS AWARD
First Southeast Bank recently won the Strong Communities Award from Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Des Moines, beating out three competitors in the rural category to win the $15,000 award. Click to read the whole story. Back To Top
CARE GIVER PROGRAM
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There is now a program which has been established for the caregiver of terminally ill patients. This program has been designed to give the caregiver a rest from clinical visits, relieve stress or give a break from making meals in ways such as a massage, manicure, pedicure or a prepared dinner. We are proud to say this program was created by Sandy Benson, one of our employees at First Southeast Bank.
Meals on Wheels
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There are quite a few First Southeast Bank employees who volunteer their lunch hour delivering “Meals On Wheels” to the elderly and physically impaired within our communities. Thanks to the volunteer work they do, this program is able to endure.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
First Southeast Bank is a strong supporter for the Habitat For Humanity here in Fillmore County.
Currently there is a wheel chair ramp being added to a home by the Habitat for Humanity Brush With Kindness program. Alex McCabe has been helping build this ramp.
Janet Christianson and Sue Sikkink are on the Habitat For Humanity Steering Committee. Employees along with their families have volunteered their time and talents to help build the Habitat For Humanity home right here in Harmony. Back To Top
First Southeast Bank generously gives annually to the Habitat For Humanity March Meltdown fundraiser program.
Robert Jackson Memorial
Robert Jackson Memorial Foundation was established in 2001 in memory of our good friend and colleague Robert “Bob” Jackson. Robert was an officer and director of both the Canton State Bank and First Southeast Bank, as well as serving as a director through the years of the Harmony Golf Club. For nearly fifteen years, the Foundation has sponsored an annual golf event in June to promote and raise money for the Foundation. To date over $200,000 has been raised for scholarships and community projects for the area. If you would like more information about the Foundation or the annual golf event, please feel free to contact us.
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June is Dairy Month
June is dairy month and it brings lots of excitement to First Southeast Bank as ice cream is a treat to many. We at First Southeast Bank know dairy farmers work hard to bring us the highest quality dairy products. We show our support to the Dairy Farmers by having a day serving ice cream! At different times in June, the Fillmore County Dairy Truck parks at both the Canton and Harmony locations and serves milk shakes. All in all, it’s a fun day that is enjoyed by lots of people. Back To Top
4th of July in Harmony
Harmony loves to celebrate the 4th of July and First Southeast Bank employees have a fun time participating in the town’s celebration. Sometimes we have a float in the parade. Sometimes we volunteer at various activities around town.
We collaborate with the Harmony Fire Fighters' and co-sponsor the fireworks display every year. Harmony has one of the finest fireworks dispalys around.
We unite with Harmony Enterprises (HECO) and co-sponsor the Jim Busta Band each year. The band was in the parade along with playing enjoyable music in the park after the parade. Guests were able to bring a chair, sit down, relax and have a great time.
Overall, the 4th of July celebration is a very fun experience.
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2015 we co-sponsored the Spudmobile. Guests were able to walk through the fabulous bus filled with potato history
4-H Market Livestock Auction
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4-H is a very well known organization here in the southeastern part of Minnesota. Kids take on the responsibility of different projects and working with their livestock all year long. This organization builds hardworking, dedicated and well rounded individuals and First Southeast Bank is a strong advocate of the 4-H program. We show our support by being involved in the 4-H market livestock premium auction. First Southeast Bank will purchase a premium for the animal the kids have brought to the County Fair. This way, part of the money goes to the 4-H program and part of it goes to the kids for their hard work. This is a way First Southeast Bank can recognize the kids and the organization they represent.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY INVOLVEMENT
At First Southeast Bank, many of our employees are involved in the American Cancer Society Fillmore County “Relay For Life” program. We work hard throughout the year to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients. Whether we are giving our time holding a chair position on the Relay For Life Committee, selling candy bars, putting gift baskets together for a live auction, participating and supporting the bean bag toss tournaments or “walking” the Relay For Life, we have fun and are gratified knowing we are helping people in our community.
First Southeast Bank is a strong supporter of the Fillmore County Relay For Life Program.
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Steam Engine Days
The towns of Hesper and Mabel celebrate Steam Engine Days every year the second weekend in September. This is a fun weekend for the young and old to get out and see some of the first steam engine tractors ever made to tractors of today. First Southeast Bank also participates in the Steam Engine Days Parade by walking along and handing out goodies or treats. We like to join in this event because it gives us time to get out and see our customers! Back To Top
You can help make Christmas special for everyone! Unwrapped Christmas gift items are needed for toddlers through teens. We are a drop-off location for Rural Concerns "Christmas in Fillmore County". Your unwrapped gift can be brought in before Christmas and into the week of our open house.
We also accept items for the Fillmore County Food Shelf during this time. This is an opportunity for you to help those who are hungry. Non-Perishable food donations can be brought in before Christmas and into the week of our open house.
2016 was a great success for the Christmas in Fillmore County Project. With your help and generosity, 230 families were helped by providing gifts to over 578 children.
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Canton and Harmony host an annual “Santa Day” each December. First Southeast Bank employees donate their time by taking pictures of children with Santa and Mrs. Claus, working in “Toyland” (gifts for parents) and making sure all the kids go home having had a fun experience. We also donate the photo supplies and books that are given out by Santa himself!
Canton Day Off
Canton has been celebrating Canton Day Off since 1903. It has since grown into a whole weekend event.
There are activities for everyone of all ages. Stop by and enjoy the fun.
For further info: cantondayoff.com
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In October 2012, First Southeast Bank started an extensive remodel to our home office in Harmony. We extended our bookkeeping area and revamped our drive-up. To insure the confidentiality of our customers, the lobby was extended and a new accounts office was added for more privacy. Our offices were remodeled, a public restroom was added, and with updated decor, we took on a whole new look. In October of 2013, the project was finished. Back To Top
If you haven't had a chance to stop in and see the new transformation, you can access the link to photos on our home page or click now.