Best of the Red River Valley 2020: Best Bank

Winner: Bell Bank

Locations: Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Dilworth and elsewhere

Bell Bank is back as reader’s choice of Best Bank, repeating its selection in 2019. With roots as a single location in north Fargo, Bell Bank has grown into a regional banking behemoth, the largest independent banking system in the Midwest, with assets of $8 billion.

Despite its size, Bell Bank, with headquarters in south Fargo, has been able to sustain a strong connection with its customers.

“Our ‘bottom line’ mission is unique compared to the ‘bottom line’ of most banks and financial institutions,” saYS Michael Solberg, Bell Bank’s president and CEO. “It’s simple: ‘Happy Employees! Happy Customers!’”


Recognition from the readers’ poll is gratifying. Solberg says it stems from what could be called a business version of the Golden Rule.

“People matter, and every one of our employees know that how we treat each other and our customers every day is the most important thing," he says. " This is truly an honor."

Second place: Gate City Bank

Third place: VISIONBank

Fourth place: Western State Bank

Fifth place: First International Bank & Trust

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