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Bell State Bank and Trust receives five stars from bank research firm

Bell State Bank and Trust was rated a five-star bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., an independent bank research firm.

Taking financial data from federal regulators, a five-star rating means that a bank is financially sound and is operating well above its capital requirements.

Bauer's five-star rating is the highest rating the firm awards and means that Bell State Bank and Trust is considered a trusted institution in terms of its financial strength.

Headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. financial institutions since 1983. The company's ratings are independently established.

Founded in 1966 and headquartered in Fargo, N.D., Bell State Bank and Trust is an independently owned bank with 20 banking locations. Bell's Alexandria bank, headed by market president Jeff Restad, opened a mortgage and loan office in 2002 and a full-service bank in 2006.

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