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Bremer Bank hires Usher as new banker

Bremer Bank, a regional financial services company jointly owned by its employees and the Otto Bremer Foundation, announces the hire of Kristen Usher as personal banker in Detroit Lakes.

Prior to joining Bremer, Usher worked as a personal banker for another local bank. She has a business degree from Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Detroit Lakes and is an active volunteer with the United Way.

"We look forward to having Kristen join our personal banking team in Detroit Lakes," said Jackie Krause, personal banking manager at Bremer. "She has great experience working with retail clients in the banking industry and is also a committed contributor to the community."

Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately-held regional financial services company with $7.5 billion in assets, jointly-owned by its employees and the Otto Bremer Foundation. This unique ownership structure is the only one of its kind in the nation.

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 more than 100 locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Company profits are distributed in the form of charitable grants by the Otto Bremer Foundation to communities served by Bremer.

In 2007, more than $32 million in charitable donations were given across the Bremer footprint and employees donated nearly 92,900 volunteer hours to their communities.