THE BANK PRESIDENT — From the left, Dan Majerus, Stockman Bank President stands with tellers Sherry Stewart and Alyssa Garcia inside the Conrad Branch. I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
As a special for the I-O we will be running a bi-monthly ‘Spotlight on Business’ with an emphasis on their contributions to our community and their history.
Built on Montana values, Stockman Bank strives to be more than just another bank. They consider themselves the premier financial institution for commercial business, agricultural and real estate interests. They are focused on creating long-standing relationships through integrity, expertise and results and as Dan Majerus, Conrad Branch President, says it best, “You’re never a stranger for very long at Stockman Bank.”
Stockman Bank is a Montana born company that started in 1953 by Bill Nefsy in Miles City. They have grown from these humble beginnings to become a $2 billion financial center that now includes banking, insurance and investment services. Stockman Bank has 22 full service locations and over 50 ATM locations throughout eastern, central and north central Montana from Dillon to Plentywood.
COOL AWARD — The City of Conrad has been selected as the System of the Year for 2011. From the left is Steve Ruhd, former PWD for Conrad, Mayor John Shevlin, PWD Richard Anders, City Finance Office Agnes Fowler, Engineers Scott Murphy and Travis Meyer of Morrison-Maierle, Inc. (Engineers for the projects mentioned in the story) and Water/Wastewater Operator Jerry Griggs. Not pictured is Engineer Nancy Cormier and Byron Grubb, former mayor of Conrad. Photo courtesy of the City of Conrad
Through the Montana Rural Water Systems, Inc., the City of Conrad was recently named the Outstanding System of the Year at a convention in Helena.
According to Travis Meyer of Morrison-Maierle, Inc., in Helena, an engineer on a variety of water projects, “A ‘system’ consists of several parts – all of which, at the end of each day, needs to operate properly and meet compliance regulations.”
To make sure the system operates right, boards and councils have to make critical decisions concerning design, construction, budgets, the treatment process, operations, maintenance and staff.
Going back to 1999, this system, Conrad, was the first to use a new technique of ‘pipe bursting’ to replace sewer lines in the city. The project completed 5,700 feet of eight-inch HDPE pipe. They also sponsored a workshop for state municipal staff to share this information and view actual pipe bursting in action.
Conrad ran into a buzz saw powered by the Mustangs in their first game at the divisional tourney in Malta.
The top ranked host Malta team jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before Taylor Judisch went 1-2 at the line. But then the Malta squad ran off eight points to go up 12-1 and eventually lead 18-5 at the end of the first period.
Malta went to the locker room with a 27-11 lead. Over the second half the M-ettes outscored Conrad 28-13 as they won going away, 55-24.
Rashelle Johns led the team in scoring with six points. Judisch put up five, Morgan VanDyke had four, Moranda Brenteson the same Taylor Johnson three, and Jayde Richardson two.