On the street
• Each year, Bremer conducts an internal survey to calculate the number of volunteer hours employees donate to their communities. In the ninth annual survey, Bremer Bank employees in the Alexandria area donated more than 5,300 volunteer hours in 2013. In total, the company’s approximately 1,800 employees donated approximately 152,000 volunteer hours, which is the equivalent of $3.5 million based on a formula from the Independent Sector, which values an hour of volunteer time at $22.14.
These volunteer contributions to Bremer communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin are in addition to the $38 million in grants given by Bremer’s majority owner, the Otto Bremer Foundation in 2013.
“Everywhere you go in a Bremer Bank community, you will see our employees out volunteering,” said Brent Iserman, president and chief executive officer for Bremer Bank Alexandria Charter. “Giving back to our communities is core to what we do at Bremer.”
Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately-held, $8.2 billion regional financial services company, jointly-owned by its employees and the Otto Bremer Foundation (OBF). Founded in 1943 by Otto Bremer, the company is headquartered in St. Paul and provides a comprehensive range of banking, investment, trust and insurance services. OBF uses its share of dividends to distribute charitable grants to Bremer Bank communities.
• Lois Roers of Dilley Zimny Insurance recently celebrated her 25th anniversary at the agency. Roers works with clients, assisting them with a variety of insurance needs from personal insurance to commercial insurance. The agency appreciates her years of hard work and dedication.