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Berndt Named Outstanding Banker

St. Paul, Minn. - November 18, 2010 - Jana Berndt, president of Bremer Bank Breckenridge, has been named an ‘Outstanding Woman in Banking’ for 2010 by the Northwestern Financial Review.

Berndt is featured in the November edition of the publication and is one of only four women in the Upper Midwest being honored.

Berndt’s banking career started early. Her father was bank president in Crookston MN., and she mowed the yard and planted flowers at that bank.

A graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Berndt got her feet wet at a bank in Moorhead before moving to Bremer Bank in Breckenridge, MN, where she started work as a customer service representative. Since those early days, Berndt has worked in Marketing, Human Resources, lending, and has served as a teller supervisor and retail manager.

In 2000, Berndt was named president of the Breck bank, becoming the first female bank president in Bremer’s history.

Berndt continues to wear many hats, as a business and community leader, musician, wife and mother of three children. She has served on North Dakota State College of Science Foundation Board of Directors, St. Francis Healthcare Campus Finance and Board of Directors, Breckenridge/Wahpeton Endowment Fund, Rotary International, United Way Board and Community Vacation Bible School.

Most recently, Berndt led the Bremer expansion with the successful construction of a new bank in Wahpeton. “Jana’s a great example of what makes Bremer different,” said David Kjos, charter president. “She cares about her employees, her clients and her communities. This honor is well-deserved!”

Bremer Financial Corporation
Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately-held, $7.6 billion regional financial services company owned by its employees and the Otto Bremer Foundation (OBF). Founded in 1943 by Otto Bremer, the company is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and provides a comprehensive range of banking, investment, trust and insurance services to its nearly 100 locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. OBF uses its share of dividends to distribute charitable grants to Bremer Bank communities. In 2009, more than $25 million in charitable donations were given across the Bremer footprint and employees donated more than 160,000 volunteer hours to their communities. For more information, go to