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January 13, 2010: Bridget Manahan Joins Western Bank as Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking

St. Paul, MN. (January 13, 2010): Western Bank announced today that Bridget Manahan recently joined Western Bank as Senior Vice President in charge of the commercial and nonprofit banking functions, as well as the treasury management function. Manahan will also play an integral role in developing bank-wide strategies and policies as a member of Western Bank's management team.

Western Bank is grateful to have an individual of Manahan's caliber joining its organization. "Manahan shares Western's strong commitment to servicing the bank's customers and the greater community," said Tony Lemaire, President & CEO of Western Bank. "She complements the team very well and has extensive experience in all aspects of credit, relationship management, business development and team leadership."

Manahan graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. She is a veteran in business banking with over 31 years of banking experience including in-depth lending experience in a variety of industries. Prior to joining Western Bank, Manahan most recently worked at M&I Bank. She has also worked at M&I Business Credit, Diversified Business Credit, National City Bank and Norwest Bank.

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:
This press release contains forward-looking statements. The statements regarding Western Bank contained in this release that are not historical in nature, particularly those that utilize terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "likely," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "believes" or "plans," or comparable terminology, are forward-looking statements based on current expectations and assumptions, and entail various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Western Bank undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Media Contact:
Chris Dressel
Western Bank
651-290-8144
cdressel@western-bank.com

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