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Farmers & Merchants State Bank Takes Another Step Forward in Lake Mills

Farmers & Merchants State Bank is excited to take another step in the right direction by moving the Smith home to provide space for building the new location of Farmers & Merchants State Bank.

“It’s very rewarding that we were able to be environmentally responsible by moving the home” said Bill Campbell, Bank President & CEO. Campbell went on to say “our bank customers have asked us to have a location in Lake Mills for a long time. We listened and look forward to opening our doors in late 2022.”

The Smiths are happy with the outcome as well knowing that the home will be kept in the family. Alberta McGraw, the most recent home renter, said “the inside of the house is in great condition; it’s really nice that it will be used as a family home.”

Art Zastrow built the home in the mid 1960’s. Originally it was also the location of Art’s Bait Shop where fish tales were told for many years. The bait shop was located in the basement of the home and operated as a bait shop by subsequent owners.

The Smith home successfully made the journey to its new destination in rural Jefferson County on September 23, 2021 traveling at the speed of 20 miles per hour.