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Stearns Bank Recognized Locally and Nationally as a 2021 Top Community Bank

Posted on: Sep 16, 2021

Independent Banker, Monitor Daily and Star Tribune honor Stearns Bank on annual best-of lists

St. Cloud, Minn. (September 16, 2021) – Stearns Bank N.A., a Minnesota-based financial institution, is being recognized locally and nationally by its customers and industry peers. At the national level, Stearns Bank ranked ninth for banks with more than $1 billion in assets on Independent Banker’s annual Best of the Best list, a publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA). Within the equipment finance and leasing industry, Monitor Daily’s annual Monitor 100 list – the only source of its kind that provides a total dimensioning of the largest equipment finance and leasing companies in the U.S – ranked Stearns bank as a top company. At the local level, readers of the Star Tribune voted Stearns Bank a "gold" winner in both the Best Bank and Best Ag Lender categories on the Star Tribune 2021 Minnesota’s Best list.


These awards speak to the quality-of-service Stearns Bank continues to provide at every level of their industry. Stearns Bank has been ranked multiple times on Independent Banker’s Best of the Best list and within the Monitor 100 list. For the Star Tribune’s Minnesota’s Best list, over 5,700 businesses, organizations, and individuals competed to be named in the top three spots of 300+ categories. After more than 525,000 votes were cast, Stearns Bank was voted gold twice.


About Stearns Bank

Minnesota-based Stearns Bank National Association is a $2.2 billion, independently-owned financial institution with locations in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona, and over 35,000 small business customers nationwide, in every U.S. state. Recognized as one of the nation’s top-performing banks by both American Banker and Independent Banker magazines, Stearns Bank specializes in small business lending and equipment financing. Driven by a passion to help others achieve their greatest ambitions, Stearns Bank gets the job done! For more information, visit


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