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Bremer Announces Additions to Private Client Services Team

St. Paul, Minn. – July 8, 2011 - Bremer recently added Debbie Ruth and Joe Kaufman to its Private Client Services team. Ruth joins Bremer as a senior vice president and Kaufman joins as a vice president in private banking. Both Ruth and Kaufman will be based in St. Paul.

Ruth joins Bremer with more than 12 years of experience in private banking. She spent the past 10 years at US Bank as a vice president in private banking and as a wealth management advisor. Ruth has also held private banking and branch manager positions at Marquette Capital Bank and the former Firststar Bank. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Augsburg College.

Prior to joining Bremer, Kaufman was an assistant vice president and regional private banker in the Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group based in the Twin Cities. He has also held several other positions within the Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group including: senior performance analyst, brokerage sales and operations analyst. Kaufman has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

“Debbie and Joe bring a wealth of private banking expertise and service experience to Bremer,” said Brent Iserman, executive vice president and regional bank manager at Bremer Bank. ”They have both worked with a variety of clients over the years on determining the right financial solutions for estate planning, investment management and private banking. We are very committed to working with our clients on servicing all of their financial needs and Debbie and Joe will be tremendous additions to our team.”

Bremer Financial Corporation
Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately-held, $7.9 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. For more information, go to