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Mortgage veterans at the helm of the new Cornerstone

Anyone who drives Sixth Avenue has probably noticed new signage on the mall that houses Lamont Companies, 205 Sixth Ave. SE

Cornerstone Mortgage opened in Suite 102 on January 3.

Cornerstone is actually a full-service bank, but not locally. The Aberdeen location is considered a mortgage origination office.

The employees at this office are the main reason Cornerstone decided to expand its mortgage services to Aberdeen, said Dick Groeger, Regional Mortgage Manager.

Groeger further described MeChelle Lang, mortgage consultant, and Donna Alberts, mortgage assistant, as “seasoned and knowledgeable.”

Lang has more than 22 years of experience in the field, according to a press release, while Alberts is 18. Before joining Cornerstone, they both worked at Wells Fargo in Aberdeen.

Their experience — and a few other qualities — is why consumers should do business with Cornerstone, Groeger said.

“We have the knowledge. We have a strong dedication needed to help clients get their dream home,” he said.

Additionally, Cornerstone has what Groeger calls unique programs, including a community hero program where teachers, medical professionals, firefighters and law enforcement officials can get a discount on school fees. fence, and a veteran/active military salute program.

So far business has been good, although Groeger was a little nervous at first. “Starting a new business in town, you always wonder who is going to find you. But Donna and MeChelle have a good following. People looked for them,” he said.

Cornerstone Bank is based in North Dakota and has another South Dakota location in Sioux Falls.

Lang can be reached at 605-290-6542 and Alberts can be reached at 605-380-4942.

Amazon Tax

Tuesday was the first day Amazon collected local and state sales tax from residents of South Dakota.

Despite a push to buy local and support small businesses, we know people are shopping more online. For this reason, it’s important to note that you can shop online while benefiting your local community beyond paying sales tax by choosing to shop at

It has the same products and prices, with the added benefit that the Amazon Smile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of qualifying purchases.

When you search for “Aberdeen SD” on the site, over 100 local nonprofits and charities come up. There are also several national organizations to choose from.

News and Notes

• The 2017 Chamber Ambassadors Community Champions Luncheon will be held February 14 at 11 a.m. at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 1400 Eighth Ave. NW. The event is sponsored by Aberdeen Development Corp. and the Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The cost of lunch is $30 per ticket or $240 per table of eight. RSVP by calling the chamber at 605-225-2860.

• The studio, 208 S. Main St., will host a Power Hour for webpage and layout at noon on Tuesday. Travis Schaunaman of Production Monkeys will help participants evaluate their current websites or plan to create a new one, while giving 10 tips for overall improvement.

Lunch is provided. Power Hours are free for Atelier members and $15 for non-members. Sign up at or by calling 605-725-1833.

• The planned merger of Horizon Health Care Inc. and allPOINTS Health Services was announced by board members, according to a January 25 press release. Together, the health centers will form a network of 31 medical, dental and school clinics across the state of South Dakota.

Once the merger is complete, allPOINTS clinics will operate as part of Horizon Health Care Inc., according to a press release.

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Me Chelle Lang