Liz Wiger is pleased to be Root River State Bank's new loan officer. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Liz Wiger is pleased to be Root River State Bank's new loan officer. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Liz Wiger is selling service at the Root River State Bank, inspired by the words of the bank's late patriarch.

"It's like Charles Johnson, Sr., said - 'All we have to sell is service,' - so I'm anxious, eager to meet the people of Chatfield and serve all their banking needs," said Wiger, the bank's new loan officer.

Wiger, who might appear familiar because she is Chatfield resident Matt Opat's sister, recently moved to Chatfield from Decorah, Iowa.

"I lived there for 32 years and that's how long I've been in banking," she explained. "I've done consumer, real estate and ag loans...I pretty much do it all."

Wiger said she made the move to Chatfield to be closer to family and felt the bank opening would be a good opportunity for her, following the retirement of Ruth Holets.

"I have some really big shoes to fill, though, because she's been here many years," Wiger added. "It'll be tough to replace her because everybody knows her and how well she does."

That said, Wiger is ready to take on the task of providing financial opportunities for Root River State Bank's customers. "I'm anxious to make this our home, and I'm looking forward to working with customers, seeing their operations or personal finances work, develop and grow...that we could be partners in their business operations," she said. "I feel I'll be a good fit here. This feels like home. It's a very nice place to work. Everybody's friendly and I feel comfortable here after only a few weeks."

Wiger and her husband, Clark, have two grown daughters - Elissa and Amanda - and one grandchild with another on the way.

"They live in Rochester, so we wanted to be close-by now," she noted.

Wiger spends her spare time going for walks, enjoying her family, attending shows such as the Chosen Bean Concert Series - of which she intends to take further advantage - and meeting her new neighbors.

"We're starting over, meeting new people and the community. I'm excited to be part of the community, and I hope people stop in or call me here...feel free to stop in and talk," Wiger concluded.