KleinBank wins a state award

The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized 21 Minnesota banks for their community involvement, including KleinBank, which has a branch in Coon Rapids.

Banks play an important and vital role in their communities and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA created the Community Champion recognition program, according to Gerriann Brower, director of education, Minnesota Bankers Association.

These 21 banks worked with hundreds of organizations in their communities, providing funding, volunteers, materials, supplies or food for their neighbors, Brower wrote in a press release.

The 21 banks volunteered over 180,000 hours and over 1,800 employees participated, she wrote.

Recipients range in size from small community banks to large banks with multiple branches.

MBA CEO/President Joe Witt congratulated the recipients. “Minnesota banks are the keystone of their communities,” Witt said.

“We created the Community Champion Recognition program to build awareness of the good things banks do to strengthen their communities.

“No industry does a better job of giving back to their communities than the banking industry and the MBA is extremely proud to recognize these 21 exemplary banks.”

Recipients were recognized with a certificate and at the MBA Bank Day at the Capitol event Feb. 5 in St. Paul.

The Minnesota Bankers Association is the state’s largest trade association devoted exclusively to the representation of commercial banks. The MBA was founded in 1889 and represents 95 percent of Minnesota’s chartered banks.

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