120 students from Alexandria will receive new backpacks stuffed with school supplies through the Bremer Backpacks initiative. Made possible by Bremer Bank’s expanded partnership with United Way, this first-of-its-kind initiative provides 5,000 children in need across the Upper Midwest with resources to tackle the upcoming school year.

During the week of June 10, hundreds of Bremer employees assembled the backpacks at the company’s Service Center in Lake Elmo. Crayons, markers, colored pencils, notebooks, pocket folders, glue sticks, scissors, pencil pouches, erasers and pencil sharpeners were some of the supplies. Backpacks were distributed to more than 65 Bremer locations throughout its footprint in Greater Minnesota, western Wisconsin and North Dakota.