Landmark Community Bank celebrates 113 years of service

On Friday, June 27, Landmark Community Bank will celebrate its 113th anniversary and the community is invited to attend.

An open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Landmark hosting lunch, complete with entertainment and drawings. All are welcome to join for the celebration at 711 Sixth Ave. in Isanti.

Originally opening in a small brick building on Main Street in downtown Isanti in 1901, State Bank of Isanti began with total assets of $10,000. The community had a great need for banking services with the closest town miles away.

David C. Johnson acquired ownership in the mid-70s.  David was deeply committed towards quality of product, customer service and supporting the community, especially youth projects in the areas of sports, scholarship and the arts.  The David C. Johnson Civic Arena in Isanti is named in his honor.  Upon his father’s death in 1995, Kevin L. Johnson became President. He shared his father’s passion for community banking and carried the bank forward to become a national bank in 1996 when its name was changed to Landmark Community Bank. Jeff Betchwars is now President of Landmark Bank.

Landmark’s main bank in Isanti has a lobby permanently set up with museum-like displays of banking history, including antique coin banks, tools of early banking and an antique alarm system, along with historical photos of Isanti.

Landmark employees enjoy opportunities to be active in the community with projects such as Habitat for Humanity and soliciting donations for their local food shelf.  In the last year, charities supported included the Animal Humane Society, Breast Cancer Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation, The Refuge Network and local food shelves.

Currently, bank employees contribute each week for the upcoming June 21 HeartBeat 5000 5K Walk to benefit the Children’s Hospital program for babies born with Congenital Heart Defects/Disease (CHD). A donation at any Landmark branch would be appreciated.

Landmark Bank’s directors, management and staff wish to thank their customers for their loyalty over the years.