Winner: Bell Bank
Locations: Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo; Wahpeton, N.D.; Breckenridge, Dilworth, Hawley, Detroit Lakes, Pelican Rapids, Fergus Falls, Alexandria, Minn.; Twin Cities metro area; Phoenix metro area.
Bell Bank, with locations all across the metro and the country, has won Best Bank in the Red River Valley.
"This community is really like a giant hometown, and that's why we consider ourselves people's 'hometown bank,' " said bank president and CEO Michael Solberg. "Bell Bank has worked with so many people, not just through our business relationships, but by teaming up in giving and volunteerism that build a strong community."
Offering America's Best Checking account, with features that include free ATM refunds, debit cards that can be customized with a personal photo or team logo and holiday gift cards, customers are constantly amazed with the "frees" they get through Bell. Having recently expanded into the insurance world by purchasing Warner and Company, as well as other various areas of the banking industry, Bell gives customers the opportunity to stick with what they know for all their banking needs.
"We hire team members who care about each other and our customers and treat people the way we’d want to be treated ourselves," Solberg said. "Our ownership group has always operated with the philosophy that if you create a family atmosphere in a company people are proud of, those employees will love what they do and treat their customers with amazing service. That’s what we’re known for, and that’s why our customers continue to tell other people to bank and do business with Bell."
Second Place: Gate City Bank
Third Place: VISIONBank
Fourth Place: Union State Bank
Fifth Place: Bremer Bank