Eitzen State Bank opened its third location on Monday in Suite A at 111 S. Walnut St. in downtown La Crescent, Minn. It’s in the same office building as AcenTek.

Like the other two locations, the new branch office offers full-service banking and insurance services, bank Vice President Toby Burrichter said.

Eitzen State Bank began in 1909, and its main office is in Eitzen, Minn. It also has an office in Caledonia.

Kim Erickson is manager of the new La Crescent branch office, which has three full-time employees and is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A grand opening will be held at a later date.

The La Crescent branch office’s telephone number is 507-895-2227. The bank’s website is www.eitzenstatebank.com.

Eitzen State Bank decided to open a La Crescent office in order to increase customer service, Burrichter said. Also contributing to the decision was the fact that Tom Stahl, head loan officer at the La Crescent office, lives in Dakota and has worked as a lender for the past 29 years, including 25 years in La Crescent.

Two law firms, Tlustosch Law Office LLC and Passe Law Office LLC, have opened at 223 N. Third St., just north of Wettstein’s in downtown La Crosse.

Attorney Candice Tlustosch opened her office there in December. She returned to private practice after serving as a La Crosse County Circuit Court judge for much of 2015. She had practiced law in the Coulee Region and Minnesota for 10 years before taking the bench.

Tlustosch has a general practice and handles most areas of law, but she focuses on family law, criminal defense and estate planning. Her office’s telephone number is 608-345-2121 and its website is www.tlustoschlawoffice.com.

Attorney Nick Passe opened his law office in January after 8½ years with Moen Sheehan Meyer Ltd. He is president-elect of the La Crosse County Bar Association and focuses on family law, criminal defense, civil litigation, probate, real estate and estate planning matters.

Passe’s office telephone number is 608-783-5545 and its website is www.passelaw.com.

The two law practices have parking for clients in the Wettstein’s lot, Passe said.

The Buckle apparel store in Valley View Mall opened Monday in a temporary location — the former Victoria’s Secret space — so that its original storefront can be remodeled and expanded.

The Buckle will return this spring to the expanded space — which will occupy about 6,737 square feet, up from 4,344 square feet previously, said Laurie A. Cafe, the mall’s marketing director. The expansion will take in about half of the space formerly occupied by Wet Seal.

The other half of the former Wet Seal space became part of the new, larger location that Victoria Secret and PINK moved to this past fall.

The Buckle’s temporary location is next to The Children’s Place and ULTA. Its original storefront is between Express and Victoria’s Secret.

Steve Cahalan can be reached at stevecahalan.reporter@gmail.com or at 608-782-9710, ext. 8819.

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