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August 27, 2009: Western Bank's John Bennett elected to St. Paul Port Authority Board of Commissioners

St. Paul, MN. (August 27, 2009). Western Bank announced today that commercial banker John Bennett has been elected to the St. Paul Port Authority (SPPA) Board of Commissioners. Bennett, who has been at Western Bank for the past two years, will serve as one of seven members on the board.

"I am honored to be a part of the SPPA Board of Commissioners and look forward to helping the community of St. Paul and the East Metro find opportunities to create and grow prosperous businesses that yield new local jobs," said Bennett. "Continued economic development is vital in keeping the East Metro a competitive marketplace."

Since 1932, the Saint Paul Port Authority has contributed to the East Metro's growth and prosperity by providing businesses with cleaner land on which to expand, space on the Mississippi River to receive and ship commodities efficiently, loans for real estate and equipment purchases, and job training and career development for workers. The SPPA has carved 19 manufacturing business centers out of polluted and often abandoned land, and since 2000 it has helped create or retain more than 12,000 good-paying jobs in Saint Paul.

About Western Bank
Founded in 1915, Western Bank is an independent, community bank dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of businesses and offering a full range of services to all of our customers. The bank has five geographically dispersed locations serving customers throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The corporate office still serves the original St. Paul, Minnesota neighborhood in which it started, with other offices in Edina, Maplewood, Mounds View, and Oakdale. Western Bank has assets of nearly $340 million and provides a full line of deposit and loan services to businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals. Western Bank has always found ways to help customers, to improve the quality of life in our communities, to return profit to shareholders and to care for its employees. Visit www.western-bank.com for more information.

Information Regarding Forward Looking Statements:
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Media Contact:
Chris Dressel
Western Bank
651-290-8144
cdressel@western-bank.com

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