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Forum staff reports, Published September 25 2012

Bell State Bank & Trust to open new location

FARGO – Bell State Bank & Trust plans to open a new bank location in the Veterans Boulevard area here.

The newest branch is slated to open in February in the new Stop-N-Go plaza near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Veterans Boulevard, Bell State Bank & Trust president Michael Solberg said.

“Our new location will be adjacent to the new Sanford hospital, hotels and other businesses, all part of the economic boom in the area serving southwest Fargo and West Fargo,” Solberg said in a statement.

The 3,500-square-foot bank will include drive-up service.

Construction of the building just southeast of the interstate has begun.

The bank is expected to open in early 2013, subject to regulatory approval.

Bell State Bank & Trust currently has eight locations in the metro area. On Monday, it opened its two newest banks in former First National Bank locations in Hawley, Minn., and Dilworth. In April, it opened its first location in the Twin Cities area.

The bank, until Sunday known as State Bank & Trust, was founded in Fargo in 1966 and is now the largest independently owned bank in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

Fargo Planning Director Jim Gilmour said the Stop-N-Go plaza is a project led by the locally owned convenience store chain.

Stop-N-Go representatives were unavailable for comment Tuesday.