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About Stearns Bank

We get the job done! ®

It’s a simple motto, and one from which we never stray. We take pride in our hardworking roots and tenacious pursuit of excellence in the industry. 

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Stearns Bank Chairman of the Board Norman Skalicky

We Are Stearns Bank

At Stearns Bank, we have woven a sense of urgency, hard work and integrity into all we do. As a nationally recognized, top performing bank, we are known for our outstanding personal service and commitment to customer success. Today, we are strong enough to thrive in any economic condition and flourish through a culture of service, family, community and teamwork.

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The Stearns Bank Story

A modern bank with traditional roots

Stearns Financial Services Inc. (SFSI) is a well-capitalized, $2 billion independent financial holding company based in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Founded in 1912, the bank was acquired by Norm Skalicky in 1964. His daughter, Kelly Skalicky, became President in 2018 and recently rose to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Stearns Bank continues to extend its foundation of excellence with bank locations in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida.

Through decades of growth, we’ve never forgotten our roots. We remain anchored in our friendliness, fairness and financial excellence. We delight in making every customer’s life a little easier.

Our Mission and Vision

We are driven by our passion to help others achieve their greatest ambitions. We get the job done™ with urgency, tenacity and unlimited imagination.

We are an unrivaled trailblazer, most admired for our people, our imagination, our simplicity. Business starts here and thrives here — we are the bank you can’t live without.

Stearns Bank values

Stearns Bank Awards, Recognition

American Banker Best Banks to Work For
Stearns Bank was named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2019 by American Banker magazine. The award recognizes U.S. banks for outstanding employee satisfaction.
StarTribune Top 150 Workplaces 2019
The StarTribune, Minnesota’s largest newspaper, named Stearns Bank one of the state’s Top 150 Places to Work in 2019.
Independent Community Bankers of America
Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) listed Stearns Bank fifth in the nation in its peer group. Rankings are based on three-year average Return on Assets (ROA).
American Banker magazine
American Banker magazine ranked Stearns Bank ninth in its peer group for 2019. The ranking is based on a three-year average return on equity.

Our Values

Integrity & Accountability Sense of Urgency Employee Ownership Ambitious Hard Work Surpassing Expectations Financial Discipline Proactive Communication Community & Family Values Trailblazing Creativity Common Sense Culture of Success Tenacious Pursuit of Excellence Teamwork Constant Progress

History of Stearns Bank

  • 1912 Stearns County State Bank is chartered in Albany, Minnesota Total Assets: $300,000 Stearns County State Bank in Albany, Minnesota
  • 1964 Norman C. Skalicky purchases majority ownership in Stearns County State Bank in Albany, Minnesota Total Assets: $3.5 million Stearns County State Bank 1960s
  • 1966 Norman C. Skalicky purchases majority ownership in First State Bank in Albany, Minnesota, and combines both into a National Charter Total Assets: $7.5 million Stearns Bank Albany branch
  • 1976 Stearns Bank purchases National Machine Tool; begins leasing operations; Holdingford, Minnesota, charter is acquired Total Assets: $32.3 million Stearns Bank Holdingford branch
  • 1978 Stearns Bank opens a branch location in St. Cloud, Minnesota; Upsala, Minnesota, charter is acquired Total Assets: $46.7 million Stearns Bank Upsala branch
  • 1984 Stearns Bank starts an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Total Assets: $82.1 million
  • 1990 Stearns Bank and other banks form a holding company, Stearns Financial Services (SFSI) Total Assets: $136.8 million
  • 1997 Stearns Bank opens a location in Scottsdale, Arizona Total Assets: $589 million Stearns Bank Arizona location
  • 1998 Stearns Bank establishes a dedicated Small Business Administration (SBA) Division Total Assets: $674.6 million
  • 1999 Stearns Bank opens the Financial Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota Total Assets: $916.8 million Stearns Bank Financial Center, St. Cloud, MN
  • 2008-2012 Stearns Bank acquires from FDIC over $2 billion in failed bank assets and $1.2 billion in deposits Total Assets: $1.97 billion
  • 2016 Stearns Bank exceeds the benchmark of over $2 billion in assets Total Assets: $2.048 billion
  • 2018 Stearns Bank expands Equipment Finance Division in Albany, Minnesota Total Assets: $2.225 billion Stearns Bank Equipment Finance Division, Albany, MN