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Tribune photo by Ron Adams George Borgerding, left, North American State Bank board chair emeritus, discusses the bank’s long history with current bank president and CEO Dean Perry.

Respect, dedication among values that helped North American State Bank reach 125th


WILLMAR — Christopher Borgerding decided he wanted to go into business for himself rather than work in his family’s bank in Melrose.

The young German arrived in Belgrade to open a new bank on May 17, 1889.

Next month, the bank he founded, North American State Bank, will celebrate 125 years in business.

The bank will host a community open house from noon to 3 p.m. at its Belgrade location on May 17.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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