The new president at First National Bank (FNB) of Osakis isn’t new to the community.
Justin Dahlheimer, a 2002 graduate of Osakis High School, has been working at the bank for six years. His family also has deep ties to FNB, reaching across five generations.
His great-great-grandfather, Nels Evenson, founded the bank and was the first president. From there, the bank’s leadership passed on to Evenson’s daughter, Kay, then to her son, Newman Olson. Olson’s daughter, Christine Engebretson, worked at the bank for 33 years, and now, Justin will take the reins.
Dahlheimer studied at Hamline University, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master’s degree in public affairs, specializing in community economic development. He completed two years of professional banking school in Boulder, Colorado.
Dahlheimer said he’s looking forward to carrying on his family’s proud tradition of community banking, which he summed up in one word: stewardship.
“It’s all about stewardship – being a helpful resource that guides the community,” he said.
Dahlheimer, who grew up on a dairy farm, said having agricultural roots here resonates with the Osakis community.
FNB’s transition in presidency has been smooth, Dahlheimer said. He and retiring FNB President Bruce Pederson started working on it two years ago.
Dahlheimer is actively involved in the community, which has helped him build relationships with families. He serves Osakis schools as head cross country coach and as assistant coach of the track team, is a member of the planning and zoning board, and serves on the Osakis Fire Department.
He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for six years and a have a 2-year-old daughter, Lucy.