Meet Our Mortgage Team

Our pros at BlackRidgeMORTGAGE are committed to helping you find the right mortgage product for your needs. We understand that every borrower is different, so we offer a variety of products to meet your individual requirements. We make the process of securing a mortgage simple and straightforward by offering you the latest in financial tools that enable you to make sound financial choices.

Alexandria Region

Heidi Bruns
Mortgage Loan Originator

Heidi has more than a decade of experience in the banking industry, with the past seven years focused on mortgage lending. She specializes in helping clients achieve their dream of owning a home. Heidi attended North Dakota State College of Science and the University of Mary while earning a degree in Business Administration. Heidi has lived in the Alexandria area for more than ten years. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying time at the lakes.

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Richard Hawes
Mortgage Loan Originator

Rich has been in the mortgage industry since 1999. He has a great deal of experience in all facets of the industry and the products contained. A family man with a wife and four children. Born and raised in Minnesota though new to the Alexandria area. He enjoys spending time with family, golfing and travel.

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Bismarck Region

Doug Wentz
Mortgage Loan Originator

Doug has more than 24 years of mortgage expertise. Doug grew up in Jamestown, ND.  He graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen with a degree in Business and Marketing. He has resided in Bismarck since 1996. In his free time, Doug and his wife Laurie enjoy traveling, often to their children’s sporting events. They have been Bison fans since 2009 when their oldest son Zach played baseball at NDSU. The Bison tradition continued when Carson chose to join the NDSU football team in 2012, and their oldest daughter Caitlin also chose NDSU to pursue a degree in education. Doug, Laurie and their youngest daughter Bailey, along with their son Blake and the rest of the family, plan to spend a lot of their free time in Philadelphia cheering on Carson and his new team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Marita Olson
Mortgage Loan Originator

Marita has more than 20 years of experience in Finance, Real Estate and Banking. She joined the BlackRidgeMORTGAGE team in 2013 and had been committed to providing her clients with high-quality customer service to meet their specific needs. Marita has a strong work ethic and takes personal pride in educating and guiding her clients throughout the lending process. Marita spent her first year of college at South Dakota State University, located in her hometown, prior to transferring to Minnesota State University – Moorhead, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. In her time off, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, boating, and any activity involving sunshine and water.

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Brainerd Lakes Region

Darlene Hardy
Mortgage Loan Originator

Originally from Hill City, Darlene has called the Brainerd lakes area home for nearly 15 years. She is a licensed CPA who graduated from Bemidji State and has been in the mortgage business for over 17 years. The former owner of Budget Mortgage, Darlene joined the BlackRidge Mortgage team in 2009 and strives to provide education to her clients in addition to the right home financing package. Darlene also finds time to be an Ambassador for the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and is a member of Business Networking International. Darlene enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

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Sandy Bebler
Mortgage Loan Originator

Sandy has been in the banking and finance industry for over 18 years and has recently moved to the Brainerd Lakes area from Willmar. Sandy possesses a strong work ethic and is dedicated to finding the best solution to her clients’ needs. She takes great pride in providing friendly customer service throughout the mortgage process from the initial consultation to the closing. Sandy strongly believes in community involvement: she has served as President of the Humane Society of Kandiyohi County, served on the Willmar City Planning commission, and also served as a Board Member of the YMCA and as an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce.

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Tanner Rogers
Mortgage Loan Originator

Tanner joined BlackRidgeMORTGAGE in early 2017 as a Mortgage Loan Associate, and was recently promoted to Mortgage Loan Originator. He graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a degree in Finance. Tanner hails from Worthington MN, a quiet farming town that has instilled in him strong family values, honesty, and integrity. He is a member of the Brainerd Jaycees and has volunteered with the YMCA. An avid sports enthusiast, Tanner plans to serve as positive role model for area youth sports through coaching and volunteer work.

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Fargo Region

Mike Mihulka
Mortgage Loan Originator

Mike has worked over eight years in both banking and mortgage. He brings previous experience in mortgages from Town and Country Credit Union to his position as a Mortgage Loan Officer with BlackRidgeBANK and enjoys helping people with USDA loans. When not in the office, Mike participates in various sports and cheers on his children in their travel ball sports. His family also enjoys watching hockey and are avid UND Fighting Hawks Hockey fans.

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Sarah Parkhouse
Mortgage Loan Originator

Sarah has more than a decade of experience in the banking industry, with a strong focus on mortgage lending. Sarah excels at helping her clients every step of the way during the home buying, building or refinancing journey, to ensure the process is smooth and seamless. Having grown up in this area, Sarah provides her clients added perspective on the communities and vibrant neighborhoods. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling, spending time at the lakes and running with her Siberian Husky.

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Brenda Holman
Mortgage Loan Originator

Brenda has over 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry with experience in various banks before joining BlackRidgeBANK as a Mortgage Loan Officer. She specializes in programs like Rural Development, First Time home buyer loans and VA loans. Her passion is in helping people find a way to buy their first home or build their dream home. In her free time Brenda enjoys spending time at the lakes with her spouse and three children.

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