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Local bank donates $7,500 to Whitehall Public Library

September 25, 2023

Whitehall, WI, September 25, 2023 - First National Bank and Trust Company recently donated $7,500 to the new Whitehall Public Library. The funds will go toward the library’s “roots and wings” capital campaign for landscaping and library furniture.

The mission of the Whitehall Public Library is to serve the public by providing access to information, resources, and culture to stimulate curiosity and lifelong learning. The new library will provide more space for the growing Whitehall community and provide a direct boost to the local economy and benefits to the vitality of Trempealeau County.

“We are so grateful for the gift from First National Bank and Trust Company. This donation will ensure that our new building is a welcoming and comfortable place for our community,” said Whitehall Library Director, Amanda Hegge.

The new library will help meet ADA code, extra seating for visiting, increased quite zones, small study and tutoring areas, plus have a community meeting room. The 21st Century libraries help build community connections, foster youth development and a natural gathering place for people of all ages.

“We are grateful to be part of this project. Libraries are a great destination for lifelong learning and a source of community pride,” said Vice President of Community Banking with First National Bank and Trust Company, Josh Grzadzielewski.

To learn more about the “roots and wings” capital campaign visit,

Photo caption: Community member, Stephanie Mickelson and daughter, Aspen Mickelson, Whitehall Library Director, Amanda Hegge, and First National Bank and Trust Company employees, Josh Grzadzielewski, Anne Olson and Bev Caldwell.

About First National Bank & Trust Company: First National Bank & Trust Company is a community bank located in Clinton, Illinois as well as Arcadia, Whitehall and Independence, Wisconsin. Dedicated to community prosperity, the First National Bank and Trust Company was chartered in 1872 under the name DeWitt County National Bank and became part of the TS Banking Group in 2017. With $410 million in assets, First National Bank and Trust Company is dedicated to community reinvestment and gives 10% of its net income back to the community. For more information, visit