When Nate Olson talks about how he ended up in Minnesota, he jokes that, at first, all the trees made him feel “claustrophobic.”
“I’m originally from North Dakota, a town over by Minot called Velva,” he said. “We had a farm where I grew up, and it was 22 miles from Velva. If you stood on a hill, you could see the town.”
Opportunity brought him to Minnesota, so he had to get used to the trees.
After completing a finance degree at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and working in the banking industry for a few years, Olson and his family moved to East Central Minnesota when a job at First State Bank of Wyoming opened.
He worked at First State Bank for about eight years and was quickly immersed in the community, becoming a member of the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce and eventually the chamber president, a post in which he served until about two years ago when Kathy Lindo became chamber director.
Just about two weeks ago, Olson transitioned to North Branch to take a position at Stearns Bank.
He’s the bank’s new vice president and commercial lender.
He said he’s been meeting new customers, greeting old ones, doing business banking and working with customers on capital loans, lines of credit and consumer loans.
The job fits him well because, he said, he’s always been a “numbers guy.”
Olson said he’s liking North Branch, and Minnesota has been a good fit for him, his wife, Sandra, and their four children: 16-year-old Mariah, 11-year-old Oakley, 6-year-old Fin and 3-year-old Nora.