Since we opened our doors for business in 1901, our focus has been on serving people and businesses in our community. That’s still the case over 100 years later. Local involvement and decision-making have always been the keys of our operation. We’re committed to meeting a wide variety of financial service needs for individuals and businesses alike. We specialize in small business loans, real estate, and a wide variety of banking products and services that can make your life and business run smoothly.
Landmark gives customers service and products comparable to the large, corporately owned banks, and we do so on a much more personalized basis. Our bankers have decades of experience in the industry. What does this mean to you? It guarantees you’re not just a number at Landmark. Besides knowing your name, we get to know you, and what makes you tick.
This highly personalized approach also carries over to our work in the communities we serve. You’ll find Landmark employees involved in many organizations and non-profit organizations. Why? Because they care about the communities they live and work in, and want to make them a better place to live, work and play.
A Little History of LCB
Originally opening in a small brick building on Main Street in downtown Isanti in 1901, State Bank of Isanti had total assets of $10,000. The Bank joined the other established businesses: the creamery, mercantile, hardware store, lumber company, funeral parlor, grocery store, and a livery stable. At the time, the community had a great need for banking services with the closest town miles away. On November 28, 1914, State Bank of Isanti changed its name to First State Bank of Isanti.
David C. Johnson acquired ownership in the mid-1970’s. Deeply committed towards quality of product, customer service and community support, David’s heart became rooted in local youth projects in the areas of sports, scholarship and the arts. The David C. Johnson Civic Arena in Isanti is named in his honor.
Upon his father’s death in 1995, Kevin L. Johnson became Bank President. Kevin shares his father’s commitment and carried the bank forward to become a national bank in 1996 when its name was changed to Landmark Community Bank. LCB’s second branch opened in 1997 in Ramsey, along with a third branch in 2004 which is located in White Bear Township. In January 2007, Landmark celebrated the opening of a new building on Highway 65 in Isanti.
Landmark’s management, employees and Board of Directors remain committed to both customers and their community. LCB is now part of a third generation of banking ownership, with Kevin’s son, T.Ryan Johnson, joining the Board this year.
Giving back to our Community
Landmark employees enjoy opportunities to serve, including soliciting continuous donations for their local food shelves. Last year, Ramsey staff won the collection competition, with enough food to feed 479 families! During the first six months of 2012, the Ramsey branch has brought in 487 pounds in donations for the food shelf.
Every 1st and 3rd Friday features The Blues Benefit, when all employees can wear jeans to support a cause simply by making a donation, which the Bank matches. So far in 2012, the food shelf, Animal Humane Society and Breast Cancer Foundation have all benefited from these donations.
With his heart for children, David Johnson would be so proud! Each Christmas, Landmark continues to sponsor the Giving Tree for the children of The Refuge Network, a three-county wide domestic abuse prevention organization. LCB staff and customers participate in purchasing gifts, brightening the holiday for these precious children. Our Ramsey branch also collects needed items at Christmas for Youth First—in 2011 the project provided new pillows and blankets. During the different holidays, our Ramsey branch displays essays and artwork from Ramsey Elementary and Kindercare.
With regard to our future business leaders, LCB hires an intern from Anoka High School each year, giving them the opportunity to learn about the business world through the high school BPA (Business Professionals of America) program. The student works during the school year and is graded on their work and progress.
Summers are the time to work on float decorating skills, as LCB has the privilege of sponsoring and participating in events and parades for Isanti Jubilee/ Rodeo Days, Manitou Days and Ramsey Happy Days.
Many of LCB’s employees also find opportunities to donate volunteer hours for their churches and community organizations, such as joining a team that fixes up the homes of the elderly or pitching in on a Habitat for Humanity project.