The Best of the Red River Valley 2021: Best Bank

Readers named Bell Bank 'Best Bank' in the Best of the Red River Valley 2021 competition.

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Readers named Bell Bank 'Best Bank' in the Best of the Red River Valley 2021 competition. Special to The Forum
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What stands out about your business?

“What makes us stand out among the many banks around us, from the big national institutions to the local players, is that our growth has largely been organic (rather than through mergers and acquisitions) – and most importantly, that we’ve never lost sight of our core values as we grew,” President and CEO Michael Solberg said. “We’re large enough to provide a full range of sophisticated financial services, but small enough to know you by name and continue to act in the best interest of our customers.”

What’s the key to your success?

“It may sound trite, but it’s true – our ‘secret sauce’ is our top-notch team. We focus on hiring and retaining great people who live out our ‘bottom line’ mission: ‘Happy employees! Happy customers!’” Solberg said. “When you have people who are proud of where they work and what they do, they will consistently go the extra mile to take care of their co-workers and our customers.”

Second place: Gate City Bank


Third place: VISIONBank

Fourth place: First International Bank

Fifth place: Alerus

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