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On top of that, “The quality of her work is unsurpassed,” he said, adding that she’s “accurate, fast and she goes with the flow.”
Christine Hobrough, a region manager at the bank, said that when the branch moved into a new building a couple of years ago, “We talked about how this is Mary’s branch.”
Litke, who gets plenty of feedback from customers, lobbied for a drive-through and more ample parking, both of which materialized at the new location. She cut the ribbon at the branch’s grand reopening.
A constant amid change
Bart Ward, who has worked with Litke on the city’s Halloween Committee, has known Litke from the bank “since forever.” His dad used to make special trips from the Lake Mille Lacs area to do his banking in Anoka, just to see Litke.
Anoka City Council member Steve Schmidt and Litke go way back, as well. Schmidt’s dad, Julian, hired her at the old State Bank of Anoka.
While so many things have changed since then, Litke has remained constant. “She’s always very pleasant and glad to see you. She keeps track of your kids and grandkids, all of that stuff. She’s willing to share herself, too — what’s going on with her kids and family,” he said.
Similarly, City Council Member Jeff Weaver, who read the proclamation for Mary Litke Day, said that Mary Ellen, as he calls her, is always upbeat. “I tell her that on a cloudy, gloomy day, she makes the sunshine come out.”
Anna Pratt is a Twin Cities freelance writer.