Bell Bank Opens New Branch in Forest Lake


Forest Lake, MN (July 2, 2020) – At a time when many banks around the country are closing branches and slowing growth, Bell Bank in Minneapolis is opening its new branch in Forest Lake, Minn., next Monday, July 6.

While Bell is open for business this week, the team is also gearing up for Grand Opening Week, July 13-17. Customers and community members are invited to stop by to see the bank at 19810 Headwaters Boulevard North, meet the team and register for a chance to win a Grand Prize, neighborhood gift baskets, and other prizes. (For more details, visit

An open house all day Thursday, July 16, will include a 2 p.m. ribbon-cutting with officials from the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream truck on site from 1 to 3 p.m.

Located in a completely remodeled building that formerly housed another bank, the full-service branch features approximately 6,000 square feet of office space for personal and business banking and lending, mortgage lending, and the range of other financial services Bell offers.

Chad Lindgren, president of Bell Bank’s north central market, is responsible for guiding Bell’s commercial banking team and growth in the north metro market. In Forest Lake, Lindgren and Bell’s Twin Cities retail banking manager, Mike Yanisch, have established a team including Lisa Wasson, branch manager; Ward Greeley, commercial banker; Kimberly Allen, Brady Allen, Niki Gysbers and Curt Smith, mortgage lenders; and Diane Dietsch, personal banker.

“Bell Bank is a family- and employee-owned company with a shared purpose of taking care of our customers and our community,” Lindgren said. “We offer advanced technology and expansive financial services catered to what you need, combined with a community bank feel where we get to know you by name. We are excited to introduce Bell Bank to individuals, families and businesses in the Forest Lake area.”

Bell Bank in Forest Lake is staffed by a team of 12 experienced community bankers and lenders.

“Bell Bank is first and foremost a people-focused company,” ” added Wasson. “I think the community will know what’s different about banking at Bell the minute they walk through the door. Whatever you need, whether it’s bank accounts and loans, business loans and services, or a mortgage – you’ll be treated with the personalized service that’s absolutely our hallmark.”

Founded in 1966 and headquartered in Fargo, N.D., Bell Bank (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender) is one of the nation’s largest independently owned banks, with full-service banking locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Arizona and more than $8 billion in assets. Bell opened its first Twin Cities banking location west of downtown Minneapolis in 2012, adding full-service banks in Woodbury, Stillwater and Maple Grove and loan production/deposit production offices in Bloomington and White Bear Lake.

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