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Bremer Bank Hires Business Banker in La Crosse

La Crosse, Wis. – February 14, 2013 - Bremer Bank announces the hire of Mark Carpenter as vice president and senior business banker in the bank’s new La Crosse, Wis., location. Carpenter brings more than 30 years of banking experience to Bremer and will work to service the banking needs of business clients in the La Crosse market.

“As we continue to build our presence here in La Crosse, we are pleased to add talented business banking professionals like Mark to the Bremer team,” said Dale Walter, market president of Bremer Bank in La Crosse. “Mark brings years of banking and management experience and we are excited to build a team around him. We recently opened our loan production office here in La Crosse and will announce additional hires to our growing team in the coming weeks.”

Carpenter joins Bremer from BMO Harris, where he was a senior relationship manager in La Crosse. He has also held positions at Associated Bank and Norwest Bank (Wells Fargo). Carpenter has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. He is an active member of the community, serving on the boards of Mayo Clinic Health System and volunteering locally with the Roncalli Newman Center.

Carpenter will office out of the bank’s temporary loan production office located at 100 N. 6th Street in downtown La Crosse, while Bremer seeks a location to build a new bank. He can be reached at 608-779-7586.

“I am excited about this opportunity to join Bremer Bank, which has a strong reputation for providing best-in-class banking services and is financially stable, well-capitalized and positioned for growth,” said Carpenter. “I believe businesses in La Crosse will find that Bremer has outstanding offerings and I look forward to introducing area businesses to this great organization.”

The new La Crosse bank when completed will include multiple drive-up lanes and a drive-up ATM. The new bank will employ up to 20 people and offer a full-range of retail, ag and business banking, mortgage, investments and insurance products and services. The branch is expected to be open for business early fall, 2013.

Bremer Financial Corporation
Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately held, $8.9 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 80 locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. OBF uses its share of dividends to distribute charitable grants to Bremer Bank communities. In 2012, more than $30 million in charitable donations were given across the Bremer footprint and employees donated more than 150,000 volunteer hours to their communities. For more information, go to bremer.com.