It opens next to Dollar Tree Oct. 1.

Bank Forward announced that its new loan production office in Crookston will open for business Monday, Oct. 1.

Led by Beau Rauner, Bank Forward Vice President and loan officer, the new loan production office is located at Invest Forward, 1820 Sahlstrom Drive, Suite A, Crookston MN 56716. The telephone number for the new office is 218-281-6666.

Jenna Benoit joins the loan production office as loan technician.

"We're very pleased about the opportunity to expand loan services to Crookston," says Mark Brown, CEO of Bank Forward, Grand Forks.

Bank Forward operates under one charter with thirteen banks, nine insurance agencies and two tax offices with locations in Minnesota and North Dakota, including Grand Forks and Bemidji. The bank offers a complete line of personal and commercial financial, insurance and tax services.

"The loan production office, a division of Bank Forward, is a great addition to Crookston," notes Rauner. "Bank Forward is an independent, community bank that has provided financing for ag producers and small businesses since 1927."

The loan production office will accept loan applications and manage the process for approved loans only.

Rauner has 12 years experience in ag lending and banking. Raised on a family farm, he has an Applied Science degree in agriculture from Nebraska College of Technology and Agriculture.

Benoit has experience in customer service and product sales in an agriculturally-related field. She holds a Bachelors degree from University of Minnesota, Crookston.