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Casselton Residents and Bremer Bank Featured on National TV

St. Paul, Minn. - November 19, 2010 - Some Casselton-area residents are about to be featured on primetime TV! David Brancaccio, host and correspondent of Fixing the Future: NOW on PBS, will be featuring Bremer Bank on his program, identifying it as a successful business model for the future.

A broadcaster for 33 years, Brancaccio also served as the long-time host of public radio's business program, "Marketplace," which won two of the top honors in broadcast journalism, the George Foster Peabody Award and the DuPont-Columbia Award.

In this one-hour, PBS special airing November 18th (check local listings for times), Brancaccio visited communities across America that are using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity in the current economy.

Fixing the Future: NOW on PBS features a sustainable business network in Bellingham, Washington; worker-owned cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio.; a time-bartering system in Portland, Maine; and Bremer Bank.

A common feature of all these business models is how they improve the economy by building relationships and community. “David and his producers liked the fact Bremer really got to know its clients and that ultimately, dividends to our primary owner (the Foundation) were used to enhance the health of communities through charitable support to nonprofits,” explained Teresa Morrow, Bremer’s director of Corporate Communications.

Bremer banker Ron Mueller and bank clients, Randy and Michele Thompson of Page, and Russ and Malinda Rulifson of Prosper all spent time with the film crew, sharing insights about farming and life in rural North Dakota. “It was a really exciting day!” said Ron Mueller, president of the Casselton bank. “Being able to share that day with some wonderful clients that I’ve had the privilege to work with for many years was frosting on the cake.”

The film crew also spent time at the MN State Fair, visiting the official bank of the Fair – Bremer!

Additionally, Bremer CEO Pat Donovan taped an interview with American Public Radio’s ‘Marketplace” program (the daily business show heard nationally on public radio). The interview is tentatively scheduled to air on Nov. 18 (6:30 pm – check local listings) in a radio segment that highlights some of the client interviews taped for the TV program.

“I am extremely excited about the interest being shown by both national public radio and PBS in Bremer’s banking model,” said Donovan. “I believe both stories will portray a very positive reflection of Bremer Bank and the vision of our founder, Otto Bremer, which is carried out every day by our 1,800 dedicated employees.”

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 bremer.com.