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Shortly after obtaining a two-year business degree from Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D., Karen Hagen moved to Detroit Lakes to take a job as a bank teller at First National Bank -- now Wells Fargo. She will retire from her position as a personal banker for the local branch next month. A retirement open house for her is set to take place on Thursday, June 4, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. (Photo by Vicki Gerdes)

Seeking new experiences: Wells Fargo's Hagen to retire

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For 37 years now, Karen Hagen has spent every weekday working at the same Detroit Lakes bank.

During that time, her job title has changed from teller to loan officer to personal banker, and the name of the bank has changed too -- from First National to Norwest to Wells Fargo.


She's had several different bosses, including Arnie Porkkonen -- who gave Hagen her first job as a bank teller -- the late Bob Harris, and most recently, Ladd Lyngaas.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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