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Bremer Bank Promotes Shane Johnson to Southwest Minnesota Region CEO

Willmar, Minn.

September 23, 2015 - Bremer Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Johnson to region chief executive officer of the Southwest Minnesota Region, effective October 5, 2015. He will assume responsibilities from Roger Madison, who is retiring at the end of the year. Madison will remain with Bremer until then, and he and Johnson will work together to ensure a smooth transition.

Johnson has nearly 15 years of experience at Bremer, starting as a personal banker in Willmar. In his most recent position as senior retail manager, Johnson has served a vital role in Bremer’s new market expansion into Mankato and Owatonna. He was also critical to the successful integration of 13 former Eastwood Bank locations in Rochester, Winona, Austin and surrounding communities into the Bremer organization.

“I am thrilled that Shane is moving into this key role,” said Greg Hilding, group president. “His energy, varied background and wealth of knowledge will be invaluable in his new position. He is also a strong leader, with years of experience building and managing cross-functional teams. Most important, Shane is dedicated to the well-being of our clients and to ensuring the service they receive is nothing less than stellar.”

Before becoming a banking professional in 1999, Johnson graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar. He then went on to Minnesota State University-Mankato, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

Outside of work, Johnson is actively involved in the community, currently as a board member for both the Greater Mankato Area Junior Achievement and the Mankato Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has also served as board president for Habitat for Humanity, as well as for the Willmar Fests annual event. Johnson and his wife have three daughters and will be moving back to the Willmar area.

“Shane is looking forward to reconnecting with the Willmar community,” said Hilding. “This is where he started his career with Bremer and worked for a decade. He’s excited about the opportunity to once again serve the people and businesses in the area.”

Bremer Financial Corporation

Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately held, $12 billion regional financial services company jointly owned by the Otto Bremer Trust and Bremer employees. Founded in 1943 by Otto Bremer, the company is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and provides a comprehensive range of banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, trust and insurance products and services throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Clients include small businesses, mid-sized corporations, agribusinesses, nonprofits, public and government entities, and individuals and families.

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