Fargo ND Region Team

Darren Klabo


Darren has more than 12 years of commercial banking experience and has been a member of BlackRidgeBANK since it was founded in 2007. As BlackRidgeBANK’s President, Darren’s focus is providing consultative and customized commercial lending solutions. With extensive experience in conventional and unconventional financing programs and loan structures, Darren provides commercial customers with sound advice, a common-sense approach to banking and fast turnaround times. In his personal time, Darren enjoys spending time with his wife and children and staying active in the community.

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Laurie Pulkrabek

Operations Manager

Laurie has spent her entire professional career in banking. As operations manager, she relies on her extensive background in management, operations and retail banking to ensure that BlackRidgeBANK customers receive only the highest levels of quality and functionality. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys reading, going to the lake, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

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Marc Knutson

Commercial Loan Officer

Marc has more than seven years of experience in the banking industry. As a commercial loan officer with BlackRidgeBANK, he enjoys creating customized lending solutions that fit his clients’ needs. A native of Fargo, Marc is a 2006 graduate of North Dakota State University, with a degree in business administration and a concentration in finance. In his spare time, Marc enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, working on cars and enjoying the outdoors.

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Kyle Haugland

Commercial Loan Officer

Kyle has more than 9 years in the banking industry. As a commercial loan officer, he values his relationships with his customers and takes pride in his high level of service. Kyle earned his degree from North Dakota State University in 2006 in business administration with a concentration in finance. Outside of the office, Kyle enjoys playing golf, following sports and spending quality time with his family and friends.

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Diana Chase

Consumer Loan Officer

Diana brings with her over 22 years of extensive banking experience in areas of consumer lending, operations and auditing. Her philosophy has always been to provide the highest quality of customer service to Clients by assisting them with attaining the best consumer products and services to meet their individual needs. As a Consumer Lender, Diana has access to a vast range of consumer products to assist her in continuing her exceptional customer service to the Clients of BlackRidgeBANK. In her spare time, Diana likes spending time outdoors, walking, watching movies, and being with her family and friends.

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Jenni Kirchhevel

Cash Management Officer

Jenni has over nine years of banking experience in various capacities including audit, compliance, risk management, lending, operations and personal/commercial banking.  As the Cash Management Officer with BlackRidgeBANK, Jenni identifies deposit solutions to meet our commercial clients' everyday  needs.  She goes above and beyond expectations to create an outstanding banking experience for clients.  Jenni is a South Dakota State University graduate with a degree in Consumer Affairs.  In her spare time, Jenni enjoys running, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

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Brent Herman

Credit Analyst

Brent graduated from Ohio University with majors in  Accounting and Finance.  He has ten years of experience in the banking industry and enjoys helping create solutions for customers. Brent brings extensive knowledge in commercial credit analysis, loan structuring, and the overall credit administrative process. His time spent working directly with the commercial lenders provides efficiencies to the department which in turn leads to improved client responsiveness and satisfaction.  In his spare time, Brent enjoys spending time with family, golfing, and enjoying the lake.

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Dana Rinke

Commercial Banking Assistant / Credit Analyst

 A native of Fargo, Dana is a 2009 graduate of the University of North Dakota.  He has a bachelor's degree in business administration with concentrations in entrepreneurship and marketing. He provides support to the commercial lending staff in a number of capacities in an effort to maintain the level of service and responsiveness that our clients have come to appreciate. In his free time, Dana enjoys spending time with his friends, hunting, and spending time at the lakes.

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Jesse Rostad

Mortgage Loan Officer

Jesse has worked in the banking industry for more than twelve years.  As a mortgage loan officer he takes pride in finding a strategy that works with each of his customer's financial goals.  A native of Barnesville, MN, Jesse earned his business degree in 2001 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  Outside of the office, Jesse enjoys spending time with his family, going to the lakes, and following sports.

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