Siblings Matthew Carlander, Kim Koepke and John R. Carlander are the third generation of Carlanders to run the State Bank of Faribault, the Milestone Business of the 2019 Heritage Days parade. (Suzanne Rook/Faribault Daily News

From telling the stories of Faribault to supporting the people in the stories, the Grand Marshal and Milestone Business for Heritage Days 2019 have made a significant impact on the community.

This year, Sam Temple will be honored as Grand Marshal and the State Bank of Faribault will be honored as the Milestone Business.

Temple was recently awarded Citizen of the Year for his dedication to telling the history of Faribault. As a sophomore in high school, he began the Faribault documentary series “1855” with co-producer Logan Ledman, sharing stories of founder Alexander Faribault, Bruce Smith, the Tilt-A-Whirl and many more. In 2018, Temple also co-directed a play with Ledman at the Paradise Center for the Arts titled “A Celebration of Faribault: The 1855 Live Show.”

“It means a lot to me,” Temple said. “As someone telling Faribault’s story for so much of my life and spending my free time reveling in this town and its heritage, to be selected as a representative for that heritage -- the pride is unsurmountable.”

This year, State Bank of Faribault celebrates its first century.

“What a wonderful community Faribault is for supporting us for 100 years. We want to thank our customers. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be successful.” said bank President John Carlander. 

The State Bank of Faribault is truly a family business. Carlander’s grandfather, who was a high-end lead examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., was the bank's first president in 1939. With the help of his son, Richard Carlander, the bank was bought share by share until the Carlanders owned 100% of the bank in the mid 80s.

Now, with John Carlander working alongside his siblings, Matthew Carlander and Kimberly Koepke, the State Bank of Faribault is owned by the third generation of Carlanders. The fourth already work at the bank.

“It’s kind of in our blood,” said John Carlander.

As part of the 100-year anniversary of the State Bank of Faribault, it will be host an open house June 17 to 21, a block party later in the summer for the community to participate in the celebration, and it just opened a new branch of the bank in Prior Lake. John Carlander said that while the bank is expanding, it's not leaving Faribault.

The Carlanders and family will be in the parade along with the bank’s dog Mauney. Riding on horses, John and Matthew Carlander will be wearing western apparel to celebrate the long history of the bank.

Reporter Renata Erickson can be reached at 507-333-3129. Follow her on Twitter @FDNrenata.

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