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Bakkum, Grosche join Western State Bank

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Mark Bakkum recently joined Western State Bank, West Fargo, as a Credit Analyst and Cory Grosche as a Personal Banking Officer.

Bakkum’s duties will include analyzing commercial loan requests and reviewing existing relationships for credit quality and policy compliance, as well as assisting with credit administration efforts throughout the company.

Prior to joining Western, Bakkum served as a Credit Analyst Intern at Northland Financial, Bismarck, N.D. Originally from Steele, N.D., Bakkum earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary, Bismarck.  He currently resides in Fargo.

Grosche’s duties will include providing financial solutions and service to retail customers.Prior to joining Western, he served as a Personal Banker, Service/Assistant Manager, and Branch Manager/Assistant Vice President, at Wells Fargo.

Originally from Minot, N.D., Grosche graduated from the Financial and Credit Services Program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead. He currently resides in Moorhead.

Western State Bank is a 111 year-old employee-owned, community bank with assets totaling over $575 million. The bank offers superior full-banking services, investments, real estate financing to personal and business customers, as well as nationwide equipment financing services. Western State Bank’s bank locations are located in the North Dakota communities of West Fargo, Fargo, Devils Lake, and Towner and in the Arizona communities of Chandler and Casa Grande.