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April 29, 2010: Western Bank's Andrew Swammi Recognized as Leading Small Business Lender

St. Paul, MN. (April 29, 2010). Western Bank announced today that Andrew Swammi, Vice President of Commercial Banking at Western Bank, was recently recognized as the "Leading Small Business Lender on the Bank Qualified Revenue Bond Program� for 2009. A plaque was presented to Swammi by the city of Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) at a recent MCCD-CPED lenders recognition luncheon.

MCCD is an association of nonprofit community development organizations committed to expanding the wealth and resources of neighborhoods through housing and economic development initiatives. For over twenty years, MCCD members have worked together to increase opportunities for development of quality, community-based projects through collaborative action on public policy issues, loan fund development, public education efforts, and long-term strategic planning. Through these efforts, MCCD has been able to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiencies gained by a shared vision of cooperation on the economic development work of Minneapolis neighborhoods.

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.

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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.

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Chris Dressel
Western Bank

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