fbpx

At First Independent Bank we’re remembering with sadness and fondness President Dorane “Duke” Pogatchnik, who passed away at his home in January.

Dorane Alfred Pogatchnik was born to Lowell and Carol (Lieske) Pogatchnik in Rochester, Minnesota, on April 22, 1957.  He was baptized as an infant and later confirmed when the family was living in Middle River, Minnesota.  His family moved around frequently throughout his childhood, eventually settling in Finlayson, MN where Duke graduated high school in 1975.  Duke briefly attended college before starting his banking career. At age 25, Duke moved to Russell, Minnesota, to manage the Farmers State Bank of Russell (now First Independent Bank).  A few years later he married Diane Richter and they had a son, Curtis, who died in infancy.  Duke and Diane later separated and divorced.

In the early 90’s Duke met MaJa Wagner. Duke and MaJa married and had 3 children: Alexandra “Allie”, James, and Gabrielle “Gabby”.  The couple moved to Marshall in 1999 as the bank and his family grew.  Duke and MaJa divorced in 2010.  Duke was very dedicated to his work, pouring himself into growing the family banking business.  He was known for being extremely intelligent, somewhat stubborn yet kind. He enjoyed many professional successes, but his greatest pride of all was his 3 children.

In his youth and early 20’s, Duke was an avid coin collector and traveled around the country to attend coins shows and buy and sell coins. Duke was a lifelong Golfer, competing in and winning several local tournaments. Duke was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marshall and previously a member of both the Russell Lions Club and Russell Fire Department.  

Duke was a successful and proud Independent Community Banker, even changing the banks name to First Independent. He served on the Independent Community Bankers Board, numerous bank boards and was well known and respected in the banking community.  Duke was also a licensed insurance agent and owned Town and Country Agency with his family.

Duke Pogatchnik died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, January 15, 2021.  He had reached the age of 63 years, 8 months, and 24 days.  Blessed be his memory.

Duke is survived by three children, Allie Pogatchnik, James Pogatchnik, Gabrielle Pogatchnik; parents, Lowell and Carol Pogatchnik of Finlayson; brothers, Dean (Nancy Kay) Pogatchnik of Finlayson, Bruce (Nancy Jean) of Finlayson; nieces Tina (Trent) Rabe, Paula (Travis) Diaz and families; nephew Ethan Alleman; other relatives, and friends.

Duke and his family have been strong supporters of the communities they serve and community banking. We encourage you to read our history at https://www.fibmn.com/history-timeline

The Bank is in great hands with the current leadership, Bruce Pogatchnik and the Pogatchnik family. First Independent Bank will continue on with Duke’s legacy and make him proud.

Your Ag Operation Smells Like Money to Us Too!

At First Independent Bank, we know what it takes to keep your Ag operation moving forward.

We also have what it takes to help you make it happen.

First Independent Bank has been partnering with Ag operations for over 100 years, forming a partnership with local farmers to help them acquire the equipment, the supplies, the operating resources, and the livestock they need to make farming a business that works for them.

Local Expertise. Local Interest.

Our Ag lending experts live and work in the same places around Minnesota that our Ag customers are running their farming operations. We know the Ag business, and we're committed to making it profitable for our customers, working for local families and for local businesses. Our success means success for our neighbors and friends, for our local communities and our local economy. 

Your Ag operation smells like money to us, too.

Ag Lending with First Independent Bank.

Talk to an Ag Lending Expert


Customer Profile

Dalton opened a checking account with First Independent Bank when he was 16 years old. Since then, we've been his bank and his partner. Our Ag lending expert, Justin, has helped him with his hog barn with an FSA loan, as well as with operating loans, real estate loans, feed loans, and cattle loans. 

Our expertise is helping people like Dalton be more successful with their Ag business. Learn More.

Talk to an Ag Lending Expert

First Independent Bank: Big Enough to Know Business

How FIB Helped Make Business Happen

Dalton opened a checking account with First Independent Bank when he was 16 years old. Since then, we've been his bank and his partner. Our Ag lending expert, Justin, has helped him with his hog barn with an FSA loan, as well as with operating loans, real estate loans, feed loans, and cattle loans. 

First Independent Bank knows what it takes to keep Dalton's Ag operation moving forward. We also have what it takes to help make it happen.

Our expertise is helping people like Dalton be more successful with their Ag business.


Ag Lending with First Independent Bank

First Independent Bank has been partnering with Ag operations for over 100 years, forming a partnership with local farmers to help them acquire the equipment, the supplies, the operating resources, and the livestock they need to make farming a business that works for them.

Local Expertise. Local Interest.

Our Ag lending experts live and work in the same places around Minnesota that our Ag customers are running their farming operations. We know the Ag business and we're committed to making it profitable for our customers, working for local families and for local businesses. Our success means success for our neighbors and friends, for our local communities and our local economy. 

Your Ag Operation Smells Like Money to Us Too!

 Talk to an Ag Lending Expert

We’re Outstanding In Your Field!

Lending Solutions that Help Communities Grow

At First Independent Bank, we partner with local farmers to give them the banking services and lending solutions that work for them.

To help a farming operation succeed, we have to know their operation and what makes it unique. We have to understand who they are and where they want to go before we can ever help them find the financing solution that's right for them and their business.

Every customer is different. So is every lending solution.

Talk to a Farm Lending Expert


Customer Profile, Seth Swan

Local Decisions that Build Local Communities

Every customer is different, which makes each lending story unique. When Ag customers come to First Independent Bank, they’re looking for solutions that will help their farming operation grow. By working with an Ag lending expert like Trent Hess, farmers are able to get lending solutions that are unique to their situation. No two customers are the same, and our lending team knows that. It's what makes partnership with First Independent Bank work so well for local farmers. 

Talk to a Farm Lending Expert

Lost or Stolen Card?

Report

ATM

Locator

How Are We Doing?

Tell Us

Mortgages Made Simple

Our new online mortgage application makes buying and refinancing even easier.

Apply Now

We’re proud to feature our 2021 calendar contest winners.

Linda Flanagan, 1st Place Winner, February

View All

fib logo vertical white 500 438

Big enough to know business. Small enough to know You.

Stay Connected: