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First Western Bank & Trust Finalizes Merger of BlackRidgeBANK
BISMARCK, N.D. – First Western Bank & Trust’s acquisition and merger with BlackRidgeBANK is officially complete. The operations of the two banks are now under the First Western Bank & Trust name.
“First Western Bank & Trust is excited to have BlackRidgeBANK officially become part of our family,” said First Western Bank & Trust CEO Brenda Foster. “These two banks are now joined together to offer our customers an expanded range of banking services and products in more locations to serve them. The same great people will continue to provide the same great personalized local service which our customers have come to enjoy.”
With similar cultures, a focus on customer service and commitment to serving their communities, these two organizations are a perfect match. Their goal is to give customers enhanced business banking, consumer banking, ag banking, leasing, home loans, insurance and trust services at convenient locations from Minot, ND to Minneapolis, MN.
The combined organizations will have assets of nearly $1.7 billion, with more than 300 employees at 15 different locations in 11 communities across North Dakota and Minnesota. The communities they will serve include Minot, Bismarck, Fargo and West Fargo in North Dakota as well as Eden Prairie/Minneapolis, Alexandria, Carlos, Miltona, Baxter/Bemidji, Crosslake and Nisswa in Minnesota.
First Western Bank & Trust has been and will continue to be a community bank and a place where customers know they can Bank on Us. They will continue to support and invest in the communities they serve and strive to make them a better place to live, work and do business. First Western Bank & Trust’s customers will continue to receive the exceptional personal service they have come to expect from both First Western Bank & Trust and BlackRidgeBANK, now under one name.
October 16, 2020
I am pleased to announce that First Western Bank & Trust will merge with BlackRidgeBANK on Monday, November 16, 2020. This merger will add 11 new locations in North Dakota and the lakes area of central Minnesota to the First Western Bank & Trust name and family. With this merger, we will offer an expanded range of banking products and services in more locations to serve you better.
As we embark on this transition together, our core values will remain the same. Our personal banking, business banking, ag banking, trust, insurance, and mortgage lending teams will continue to make decisions locally. Innovation and technology will drive us to evolve and adapt in an ever-changing world. Our customer service will remain second to none. And most importantly, we will continue to be active supporters, partners and volunteers in our local communities. As always, please call or stop in for a visit at any of our locations, existing or new.
Thank you for choosing First Western Bank & Trust over the past 56 years. We look forward to continuing to serve you.
Brenda K. Foster
Chairman, President & CEO