Photo by Tucker Henderson
The lobby at Farmers & Merchants State Bank in New York Mills has underwent a transformation over the past several weeks. The new lobby features new seating, teller area and new flooring.

By Tucker Henderson


A new look to the lobby and drive-up areas of the Farmers and Merchants State Bank is now on display for all customers to enjoy as of last week.

The remodeled bank lobby, which has been under construction since mid-March, was completed and opened back up to customers as of June 20. Outfitted with modern design aspects by Theisen Design, construction by Pettow Construction, and even a sculpture to tie the whole lobby together by regional artist Paul Albright.

Photo by Tucker Henderson
Teller Lora Rogers assists a customer in the newly remodeled lobby area at Farmers & Merchants State Bank in New York Mills.

The idea for the remodel came in January of 2022 when the main lobby reopened to the public after being closed due to COVID-19. The last renovation took place in 2009 and with changing banking patterns and societal needs, the remodel of both the lobby and the drive-up portions of the building were approved.

“We had two goals going into the remodel,” said president Nick Roder. “We wanted to be able to cater to customers who are always on the go with our new 24-hour deposit taking ATM, and also wanted to offer a welcoming experience to our customers coming into the bank with the new seating area, optional sit or stand locations at the teller station, and new training area. We are excited that we accomplished both of those goals with the remodel.”

A crew of local businesses worked together in creating the lobby, drive-up, and outdoor additions that were planned for the building.

“We would like to thank Sarah Carlson of Theisen Design Studio for the layout, Bill Holtti of Andy Pettow Construction, our general contractor, Lumber Depot for materials, Jake Seelhammer for electrical work; and Tall Pines Landscaping for the refresh of our outdoor spaces,” said Roder. “We would also like to thank artist Paul Albright for the sculpture in the lobby and the Cultural Center for putting us in contact with potential sculptors. We highly recommend the services of all of these local businesses! We would also like to thank our customers whom throughout the process were able to work around our messes during this time of remodeling.”

A customer appreciation picnic is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25 and will also serve as the grand re-opening of the bank lobby.

“We invite anyone to please stop in and check out the remodel,” said Roder, “and sit down and chat with one of us to see if there is anyway we can help meet your financial needs.”