Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 04.02.2015

March 31, 2015

Today: Kevin Born, Environmental Tillage Systems (R. Lorang)

Birthdays: Rotarians across the globe

Next Week: Marcelo, Inbound Exchange Student (O’Neill X 2)

Last Week:

Denny Hanson should have invested in a moving company. He’s moved more times than “Two Men and a Truck.” But banking got to him first.

He has been steering the ship for Community Resource Bank for a year now. He succeeded Donovan Kuehnast in March of 2014. He and his wife, Kristine, now call Northfield home.

They’ve been on quite an odyssey since graduating from Luther College in 1971. Denny was a basketball coach and teacher for several years after college. He was at high schools in North Winneshiek, Fort Dodge and Grinnell, where his basketball team finished second in the state in 1978.

Denny transitioned into banking with Powershiek County National Bank in Grinnell. He moved on to Baraboo, Wisconsin, where he was an executive vice president for Marquette Bank. Still working for Marquette, Denny and Kristine called Prior Lake home while their three daughters finished high school. He remained with corporate banking for a time with stops back in Grinnell and Sioux City, Iowa. He moved back into community banking with Valley Bank in Des Moines, where he worked for 10 years, before taking the position in Northfield.

Denny enjoys his work, but basketball is what really animates him. He was a standout high school player for Mapleton, the curling capital of southern Minnesota, he notes. At Luther College, he was an all-conference performer. His daughters ruled the Missota Conference during their high school years, and all went on to play and have success at Central Iowa. He follows the game closely and lives for March Madness.

Rotary has been another thread throughout Denny’s professional life. He’s belonged to clubs in Grinnell, Baraboo, Prior Lake, Iowa Falls, Sioux City, Ankeny and now Northfield. He traveled to Australia in 1982 with a Group Study Exchange team, and he is a Paul Harris Fellow.


Rick Estenson could use “Two Men and a Truck,” too. He counts 21 different addresses on his resume. Northfield has been home for the last 24 years. Rick is Vice-President of Business Development for First National Bank of Northfield. His wife, Kris, works in the Piper Center at St. Olaf College. Their two children, Sam and Maria, were both Rotary exchange students. Sam is now working in Germany and will return home in July. Maria will graduate from the University of Denver in June.

Guests: Kristine Hanson (D. Hanson), Alyssa Herzog Melby (Madigan), Kim Breske (Hillmann), Matt Christensen (Estenson)

Scholarship Enhancement: Our treasurer Dave Wolf, of course.


Next week Daniel De Oliveira Ribeiro from Brazil, an inbound young adult with Rotary’s New Generations Exchange program, will begin a three-month stay with us. He has finished his college architecture program and is looking for experiences and work that will introduce him to American culture. See Vicki Dilley if you have an opportunity for him.

 — Peggy Prowe was honored last week by the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota for her advocacy and support for bike trail development. She received the Reuel Harmon Award. Harmon was a founding member of the Minnesota Council of State Parks. Friends and family were there to make it a special evening.

Outbound Exchange Students


Beimers, Henry – Norway

Beimers, William – Brazil

Carlson, Samuel -Argentina

Estrada, Gabriella – France

Hahn, Erin – Thailand

Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia

Kelley, Caitlin – Chile

Lunderby, Jack – Brazil

Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe

Martinez, Odalys – Japan

Muir, Mason – Taiwan

Olson, Josiah – Colombia

Regnier, Eli – Brazil

Rodriguez-Vazquez,Leslie – Brazil

Scheffert, Jenna – Italy

Seitz, Zoe – Denmark

Washburn Chapman, AhnaCole – South Africa

Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up

April 16 — Beth Berry, TORCH, (Hillmann)

April 23 — Sister Monique Godde, Former Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

April 30 — Michael Maas, RSVP Retiree Volunteers (Blaha)

May 7 — Paul Krause, Classification (Sinning)

May 14 — David Wee, All Things Baseball (S. Richardson)