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Thank you to many of you have signed the simple petition to ask the Bremer Foundation to hold a public hearing concerning their proposed closing of the Bremer Bank at 301 Bremer Avenue in Colfax in early November.
These petitions are still available to sign at Kyle’s Grocery, Arvold Chiropractic, Express Mart, Synergy C-Store (in entrance), Colfax Drugstore, various churches & Colfax Public Library.
Copies of the petitions have been sent to Director John O’Brien of the regional Office of the Comptroller of the Currency-Licensing Division in Dallas, Texas, who oversees banks in this part of our country.
A document recently used to show that Colfax community is a low to moderate income area for the application of the grant to stabilize the lagoon bank surrounding the waste water treatment center in Colfax (as described in the front page article on that project in the August 21st Colfax Messenger), was also sent in as well, at the request of the Office of the Comptroller.
It is because of our low to moderate income status for a majority of residents of the Colfax area & the lack of good cell phone or internet coverage in our vicinity that we have many who need to have a bank that is nearby & accessible, & not just usable through electronic means. Many elderly who do not like to drive to larger cities like Menomonie or Eau Claire (where Bremer has other branches) need a local bank, which we have enjoyed in Colfax for over a century.
Then there is the reality of many, many local & family businesses that want to be able to do their depositing & banking locally, that it is important that Bremer listens to the needs of their customers, & not just say they are concerned about them.
Thank you for your participation. We will be waiting for a response from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, & keep you informed.