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Western State Bank receives Patriotic Employer Award

Involved with acceptance of the Patriotic Employer Award were, from left to right: Brad Jacobson, Western State Bank; Loretta Wickie, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; and Heidi Knutson and Brianne Mitzel, both Western State Bank.

Western State Bank was a recent recipient of the Patriotic Employer Award, awarded by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). ESGR is a Department of Defense volunteer-based organization whose mission is to gain and maintain employer support for members of the National Guard and Reserve by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflict through mediation.

Employers are nominated to receive this award by supporting their employees who are attached to Reserve and Guard units of the United States Armed Forces. Western was nominated by Sergeant First Class Matthew Mitzel of the North Dakota National Guard. Mitzel's wife is an employee of Western State Bank.

In September, it was announced that an employer of a spouse can be nominated for the Patriot Award. Western State Bank is the first employer of a spouse in the area to receive the award.

Western State Bank, a $410 million, employee-owned, community-focused bank, offers superior full-banking services, investments, real estate to personal and business customers, as well as leasing services. Western State Bank's current primary bank locations are located in the North Dakota communities of West Fargo, Fargo, Devils Lake, and Towner and Chandler, Ariz.