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Bremer Names Bleske Chief Financial Officer

St. Paul, Minn. – May 16, 2013 - Bremer announces the hire of Mitch Bleske as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bremer Financial Services. Bleske joins Bremer with more than 15 years of banking experience and will replace Bob Buck, who is retiring from Bremer May 31.

Bleske will be moving from Jackson, Miss., to Minnesota where he grew up. He most recently was the Treasurer and an executive committee member for Trustmark National Bank, a $12 billion bank. Prior to Trustmark, Mitch spent several years at United Community Banks where he was Senior Vice President, Director of Capital Markets and Treasurer. Bleske started his career at U.S. Bancorp, where he held several treasury roles.

“We are really looking forward to having Mitch join Bremer and our executive team,” said Pat Donovan, president and chief executive officer of Bremer Financial Corporation. “He’s a real talent and has deep banking and treasury experience, including managing the financials for a bank similar to our size. We also, of course, love that he is from the Midwest and he is excited to come back to Minnesota.”

Bleske has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s of business administration degree from the University of St. Thomas. He was an active member of the community in Jackson and hopes to engage in the Twin Cities community as well.

“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to work at an organization with such a strong reputation in the marketplace,” said Bleske. “There is no greater story than the Bremer Story and to be a part of that is very exciting. My family and I are also looking forward to moving back to the Midwest and to Minnesota.”

Bremer Financial Corporation
Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately held, $8.5 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 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 $36 million in charitable donations were given across the Bremer footprint and employees donated more than 100,000 volunteer hours to their communities. For more information, go to