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Hiawatha National Bank adds Hudson branch

From the left are Hiawatha National Bank owners Jim and Jeanene Meisser and Hudson Branch Market President and Senior Lender Kevin Blinsmon. The Hudson branch is located at 2212 Crest View Drive in the building which formerly housed Citizens State Bank. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Margaret A. Ontl)

Hiawatha National Bank is over a century old.

Jim and Jeanene Meisser purchased the bank, whose history is truly a look at community banking in America, in June of 2009. Jim is no stranger to the banking business having worked for the Chicago field office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation prior to purchasing the bank.

Hiawatha National Bank has five branches in Maiden Rock, Glenwood City, Hager City, Osceola and now Hudson.

The Hudson branch opened Nov. 1. However they have had a loan production office in Hudson since January of 2012.

The Crest View Drive location now houses all of their services and employs a total of 13 people.

Kevin Blinsmon, who is a CPA, has been in banking for 20 years, the last 14 in the Hudson area. He is the market president and senior lender at the Hudson branch.

“We offer all of the services an individual or company needs and wants in a community bank,” said Blinsmon. “We have the full menu of offerings.”

That menu includes checking, savings, CDs, IRA, HAS, deposit accounts, mortgage lending, second market loans, commercial loans and agriculture loans.

Hiawatha National Bank is lobby is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The drive-up is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bank is located at 2212 Crest View Drive.

For more information, call (715) 377-9919 or go to

An extensive history of the bank may be found on the website. Some of the branches have been community banks for 121 years.