Business Briefs

Home Federal Bank to open in new location

Home Federal Bank has announced it is planning to build a new branch in Marshall at 1418 East College Drive.

Home Federal currently resides inside Hy-Vee and has been there since August 2000. When the new branch is completed, Home Federal will be relocating to the new facility.

“We are excited to invest further in Marshall with this new facility,” said Stephen Bianchi, president and CEO of Home Federal Bank. “We have outgrown our current space inside Hy-Vee and need additional square footage to house bankers dedicated to our full array of banking services which includes personal banking, mortgage lending, business banking, ag banking and wealth management. This new location will allow us to better serve our customer base and position us well for future growth.”

The new branch will feature leading edge technology in the banking industry which will provide customers innovative ways to conduct banking business. It will also have a drive-up, which was missing from the current location.

A completion date for the new facility has not yet been established. It is anticipated the transition will take place sometime in spring/summer 2015.

Charter to Bring 200 HD channels, improved all-digital network and faster Internet Speeds

Charter Communications customers in the Willmar and surrounding area will have access to more than 200 high definition channels, better picture quality and significantly faster Internet speeds as Charter completes its move to a 100 percent all-digital network throughout 2014.

“By removing outdated analog signals, we regain bandwidth in our network enabling us to provide more HD channels and open the door to faster Internet speeds and future innovation,” said Charter President and CEO Tom Rutledge. “This upgrade speaks to the fact that Charter is providing our customers with the very best products at the very best value, and we’ve invested more than $2 billion in our fiber-rich network to make that happen.”

Once the all digital upgrade is complete for all customers, Charter plans to double its entry-level residential Internet speed from 30 Mbps to 60 Mbps at no cost.

The all-digital upgrade is scheduled for Sept. 3 and will impact the following communities: Willmar, Benson, Kerkhoven, Marshall, Montevideo, Spicer and Tracy. As part of this upgrade process, customers must take action by acquiring Charter-issued digital set-top boxes for each of their televisions.

Charter will be communicating with customers about their scheduled upgrade date via direct mail, bill messages, outbound calls and messages that will appear on their television set prior to the cutover.

Customers may visit or call 1-888-GET-CHARTER (1-888-438-2427) for more information.

Marco named as 2014 Microsoft Central Region SMB Partner of the Year

Marco was recognized by Microsoft as the SMB Partner of the Year for the central region July 14 at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, DC. Awards were presented in multiple categories with winners and finalists chosen from more than 200 organizations across the central region.

Marco was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as demonstrating excellent engagement. “The US Regional Partner Awards Program gives Microsoft the opportunity to recognize top partners at a global event. It acknowledges the extraordinary contributions of Microsoft partners serving commercial customers throughout the past fiscal year,” said LaShonda Anderson-Williams, Microsoft’s Small and Medium Business and Distribution (SMB&D) general manager for the central region.