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Marilee Spinks is retiring after a 40-plus year career at the River Falls State Bank. She went from being a recent high school graduate to teaching American Institute of Banking courses.

Forty-five years ago her opportunity came knocking

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In 1969 Marilee Steltzner was a young bride, fresh out of high school when one summer evening a bank vice president showed up and invited her for an interview.


“Don Larson came to our apartment, knocked on the door and said, ‘We want you to come interview for a job,’” recalls Marilee, whose last name is now Spinks and who’s preparing to retire after over 42 years at the River Falls State Bank.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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