QCR Holdings Inc. announced Wednesday it is acquiring Springfield Bancshares, a bank holding company in Springfield, Missouri, in an estimated $86.7 million deal that will mark the largest acquisition for the Moline-based QCR as well as its entrance into another state. In a joint news release, QCR and Springfield Bancshares said QCR will purchase 100 percent of the outstanding common stock of Springfield Bancshares, the parent of Springfield First Community Bank, or SFC Bank. Established in 2008, SFC Bank will retain its separate charter and brand as well as its leadership and workforce.Todd Gipple, QCR's chief operating officer and chief financial officer, said the acquisition will complement QCR Holdings' other four bank charters, including Quad-City Bank & Trust. "Partnering with SFC Bank will position us well to continue growing our franchise and create exceptional value for our shareholders," he said in the release. In an interview, Gipple said QCR's strategy has … [Read more...] about QCR to buy Springfield, Mo. bank in $86.7M deal
WASHINGTON • Of all the umbrage makers in an era when outrage reigns, “Flyover State” seems minor — like “Left Coast” or “Deep South” and the snide connotations that come with those terms.But when a Washington Post opinion writer called Missouri a "Flyover State" while asking why the news regarding embattled Gov. Eric Greitens had not broken through the glass walls of national media, the question became an answer unto itself.Helaine Olen’s column blamed geography and a media hypnotized by the brutal acrimony emanating from — and directed at — President Donald Trump. In other word, that Bright Shiny Object on the Hill (apologies to the late Ronald Reagan) is so mesmerizing that no journalist can turn away from it.And Flyover State is just too distant from The Power.That kind of mentality would have obsessed 24-7 on Abe Lincoln’s perils and travails — oh, the names he was called … [Read more...] about Raasch: If a governor falls in a Flyover State, is it national news?
Now that the Mavs no longer have to act like the Washington Generals, and the worst they can do in the lottery is sixth, it’s time to consider their good fortune. Which is a funny epitaph for a 24-win season.Straight up: If the Mavs should get really lucky with the ping pong balls and end up No. 1, it’s a no-brainer. Arizona’s center, DeAndre Ayton, is the best pro in the draft, if you believe NBA scouts and the FBI.Just the same, the Mavs’ 12.1 percent chances of going first don’t exactly inspire confidence. Doesn’t seem like Mark Cuban’s kind of karma lately.The consensus second pick is the Euro, Luka Doncic. Terrific basketball IQ. A kid already excelling at the highest level outside the NBA.If the Mavs drafted Doncic, they’d get a guy who could facilitate a shift to the new NBA. Not real athletic, though. And the Mavs would still be the Mavs.What Rick Carlisle needs is a player who might actually change the direction of the franchise, … [Read more...] about Kevin Sherrington: Why Mavs need to gamble a little and draft Mo Bamba
June 28, 1927-April 10, 2018 Ardella Schafer, 90, Bismarck, passed away suddenly on April 10, 2018. Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 16th at Century Baptist Church, 205 Colt Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58503. Lunch and burial will follow. Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 15th at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, ND. Visitation will also be held from 10:00 am – 11:00 am on Monday, April 16th at Century Baptist Church prior to services. Ardella Viola (Bauch) Schafer was born in Underwood, ND on June 28, 1927, the daughter of Aleck and Louise Bauch. Ardella married Lloyd Schafer on November 11, 1945. They lived on a farm near Underwood, ND where they raised their son Rodney. After retiring from farming in 1982, they moved into the city of Underwood, resid- ing there until 1996 when they moved to Bismarck. Ardella is survived by: her husband of 72 years, Lloyd Schafer, Bismarck, … [Read more...] about Ardella SchaferRussia says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UKTrump lawyers launch court challenge on FBI raidNew study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a dayHuey Lewis & The News cancels Hostfest appearance & all other appearancesTrump: US, allies attacking Syria to stop chemical weaponsTrump: US, allies strike Syria to stop chemical weaponsNewsletter
Nation and World News By Associated Press | Thursday, April 12, 2018, 12:05 a.m. Share this story California joins Guard border mission, shuns Trump’s message SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown accepted President Donald Trump’s call to send the National Guard to the Mexican border, but rejected the White House’s portrait of a burgeoning border crisis and insisted that his troops will have nothing to do with immigration enforcement. ADVERTISING The Democratic governor broke a week of silence Wednesday by agreeing to contribute 400 troops, though not all will be on the border. Brown’s commitment brought pledges from the four states that border Mexico just shy of the low end of the president’s target to marshal 2,000 to 4,000 troops. Brown cast his decision as a welcome infusion of federal support to fight transnational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers. “Combating these criminal threats … [Read more...] about AP News in Brief 04-12-18