United Community Bank Named a MN Housing Top Producing Lender for Home Improvement Loans


PERHAM, MN – May 24, 2017. United Community Bank (Perham, Dent, Frazee) was named a Minnesota Housing Top Producing Fix Up Lender at the Gold Level for 2016.

Minnesota Housing is a state agency that works with local lenders like United Community Bank to provide affordable loans for home remodeling, repairs, energy efficiency upgrades and accessibility improvements. Homeowners can access the Fix Up Loan Program to receive loans from $2,000 to $50,000 with fixed interest rates, secured and unsecured options, and repayment terms up to 20 years. More information and eligibility requirements are available at www.mnhousing.gov. In addition to home improvement loans, Minnesota Housing also offers homebuyer loans and finances multifamily housing across the state.

The Minnesota Housing Top Producing Lender Program awards outstanding Fix Up lenders annually at three levels: Platinum, Gold, and Silver. Lenders meeting the threshold for each level based on regional production are recognized as top producers, and demonstrate a deep understanding of Minnesota Housing’s Fix Up Loan Program.

“The Fix Up Loan Program helps hundreds of Minnesota families make affordable improvements to their homes each year,” said Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal. “We can’t do that without the work of our great Top Producing Fix Up Lenders.”

“We are happy to be able to offer this loan program to our customers and hope more people take advantage of it for their home improvements,” said United Community Bank lender Lisa Glynn.

Minnesota Housing collaborates with individuals, communities, and partners to create, preserve, and finance affordable housing. Find out more at www.mnhousing.gov. Follow us at www.facebook.com/minnesotahousing and on Twitter @mnhousing.

To learn more about the Fix Up loan program visit https://www.ucbankmn.com/lending/fix-up-home-improvement-loans call Lisa Glynn or Perry Coleman at 218-346-5700.


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United Community Bank Honored for Community Involvement

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – February 1, 2017 – The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized twenty-four Minnesota banks for their community involvement. Banks play an important and vital role in their communities, and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA created the Community Champion recognition program.

United Community Bank of Perham, Dent, and Frazee (www.ucbankmn.com) is one of the twenty-four Community Champions that worked with hundreds of organizations in their communities, providing funding, volunteers, materials, supplies, or food for their neighbors. Recipients of the recognition range in size from small community banks to large banks with multiple branches.

In total, these banks donated over $1.2 million to over 600 organizations including the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, Minnesota Business Venture, local schools, churches, and non-profits. 931 employees from these banks dedicated over 34,000 hours at variety of volunteer events or programs.

MBA President/CEO Joe Witt congratulated the recipients. “This extraordinary level of volunteer participation by Minnesota banks demonstrates their deep commitment to the communities they serve,” said Witt. “In addition to providing the capital that helps families and local businesses thrive, the banking industry’s record of supporting local programs is second to none. The MBA is pleased to recognize these 24 banks for their commitment to making a real difference in their local communities.”

The MBA 2017 Community Champion recipients are: 

Americana Community Bank, Chanhassen
BankCherokee, St. Paul
Center National Bank, Litchfield
Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Hutchinson
Citizens Bank Minnesota, New Ulm
Citizens Independent Bank, St. Louis Park
Community Resource Bank, Northfield
Eagle Bank, Glenwood
F & M Bank, Vadnais Heights
Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Springfield
First National Bank Bemidji, Bemidji
First National Bank of Osakis, Osakis
Frandsen Bank & Trust, Arden Hills
KleinBank, Chaska
Liberty Bank Minnesota, St. Cloud
Merchants Bank, N.A., Winona
Northeast Bank, Minneapolis
Pine Island Bank, Pine Island
Pioneer Bank, Mapleton
Premier Bank of Rochester, Rochester
Security State Bank of Hibbing, Hibbing
State Bank of Wheaton, Wheaton
United Community Bank, Perham
Winona National Bank, Winona

The Minnesota Bankers Association is the state’s largest trade association devoted exclusively to the representation of commercial banks. The MBA was founded in 1889 and represents 95% of Minnesota’s chartered banks. The MBA is proud to support our member banks as they work to ensure vital communities throughout the state. For more information, please visit our website at www.minnbankers.com. 

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TWENTY-ONE MINNESOTA BANKS HONORED FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 

February 1, 2016 | Eden Prairie, MN


The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized twenty-one Minnesota banks for their community involvement. Banks play an important and vital role in their communities, and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA created the Community Champion recognition program. 

These twenty-one banks worked with hundreds of organizations in their communities, providing funding, volunteers, materials, supplies, or food for their neighbors. Over 43,000 hours and 950 employees participated in a variety of volunteer events or programs. 

Recipients of the recognition range in size from small community banks to large banks with multiple branches. Many of these banks reported over 50 percent of the bank’s employees volunteered on behalf of their bank for organizations such as the Rotary, Feed My Starving Children, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Second Harvest Heartland, Catholic Charities, Boy Scouts, Minnesota Business Venture, Junior Achievement, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, local schools, churches, or non-profits. 

MBA President/CEO Joe Witt congratulated the recipients and stated “This extraordinary level of volunteer participation by Minnesota banks demonstrates their deep commitment to the communities they serve. In addition to providing the capital that helps families and local businesses thrive, the banking industry’s record of supporting local programs is second to none. The MBA is pleased to recognize these 21 banks for their commitment to making a real difference in their local communities.” 

Recipients are recognized with a certificate and recognition at the MBA Bank Day at the Capitol event in St. Paul. 

The MBA 2016 Community Champion recipients: 

Americana Community Bank, Maple Grove 

Anchor Bank, St. Louis Park 

Center National Bank, Litchfield 

Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Hutchinson 

Citizens Bank Minnesota, New Ulm 

Citizens Independent Bank, St. Louis Park 

Community Resource Bank, Northfield 

Eagle Bank, Glenwood 

F&M Bank Minnesota, Olivia 

F&M Bank, Vadnais Heights 

First National Bank Bemidji, Bemidji 

First National Bank Minnesota, St. Peter 

Frandsen Bank & Trust, Oslo 

Kensington Bank, Kensington 

Northeast Bank, Minneapolis 

Pine Island Bank, Pine Island 

Premier Bank Rochester, Rochester 

Security State Bank of Fergus Falls, Fergus Falls 

Sunrise Banks, St. Paul 

United Community Bank, Perham

United Prairie Bank, Mankato 

Venture Bank, Bloomington 


The Minnesota Bankers Association is the state’s largest trade association devoted exclusively to the representation of commercial banks. The MBA was founded in 1889 and represents 95% of Minnesota’s chartered banks. The MBA is proud to support our member banks as they work to ensure vital communities throughout the state. For more information, please visit our website at www.minnbankers.com. 

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United Community Bank Named in Top 150 Workplaces 2015

Top 150 Workplaces

June 22, 2015 | Perham , Minnesota

United Community Bank has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. The Top Workplaces special section was published in the Star Tribune on Sunday, June 14. The report can also be found at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2015. 

Produced by the same team that compiles the 24-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 69,100 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations. 

The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention. 

United Community Bank was ranked 59 on the small company list.

“Our staff is committed to serving customers, and has created a great place to not only bank but also work,” said Charlie Cavanagh, President.

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

United Community Bank (UCB) is an independent, family-owned and operated bank with locations in Perham, Dent, and Frazee, Minnesota. UCB reinvests in the communities and individuals they serve, knowing that a healthy local economy is essential to their success. Their over 70 employees assist customers in achieving their financial goals and are active in community volunteerism.

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,100 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses. 

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United Community Bank Honored for Community Involvement

January 22, 2015 | Eden Prairie, Minnesota

The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized United Community Bank for its community involvement. Banks play an important and vital role in their communities, and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA created the Community Champion recognition program.

United Community Bank was one of twenty-one banks honored for its community involvement. These Minnesota banks worked with hundreds of organizations in their communities, providing funding, volunteers, materials, supplies, or food for their neighbors. Over 43,000 hours and 950 employees participated in a variety of volunteer events or programs.

Recipients of the recognition range in size from small community banks to large banks with multiple branches. Many of these banks reported over 50 percent of the bank’s employees volunteered on behalf of their bank for organizations such as the Rotary, Feed My Starving Children, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Second Harvest Heartland, Catholic Charities, Boy Scouts, Minnesota Business Venture, Junior Achievement, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, local schools, churches, or non-profits.

MBA President/CEO Joe Witt congratulated the recipients and stated “Minnesota banks are the heart and soul of their communities. In addition to providing the capital that helps communities grow and thrive, the banking industry’s record of supporting local programs is simply unmatched. No other industry gives more time, talent and resources back into Minnesota’s communities. The MBA is pleased to recognize these 21 banks for their commitment to making a real difference in their local communities.”

Recipients are recognized with a certificate and recognition at the MBA Bank Day at the Capitol event in St. Paul.

The MBA 2015 Community Champion recipients:

Americana Community Bank, Maple Grove

BankVista, Sartell

Center National Bank, Litchfield

Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Hutchinson

Citizens Bank Minnesota, New Ulm

Citizens Independent Bank, St. Louis Park

Community Resource Bank, Northfield

Eagle Bank, Glenwood

F&M Bank, Lino Lakes

Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Springfield

First Southeast Bank, Harmony

KleinBank, Chaska

National Bank of Commerce, Superior

Northeast Bank, Minneapolis

Premier Bank Rochester, Rochester

Security BankUSA, Bemidji

Security State Bank, Fergus Falls

Sunrise Banks, St. Paul

United Community Bank, Perham

Voyager Bank, Eden Prairie

Winona National Bank, Winona

The Minnesota Bankers Association is the state’s largest trade association devoted exclusively to the representation of commercial banks. The MBA was founded in 1889 and represents 95% of Minnesota’s chartered banks. The MBA is proud to support our member banks as they work to ensure vital communities throughout the state. For more information, please visit our website at www.minnbankers.com.

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United Community Bank Rated No. 3 of Regional Banks in Rural Development Loans

November 24, 2014 | Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

The Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation (MMCDC) named United Community Bank as their third top producer in mortgages for 2014. MMCDC works to assist communities and individuals achieve a better quality of life.


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United Community Bank Selected as MBFC Lender of the Year for 2014

October 22, 2014 | Saint Cloud , Minnesota

Minnesota Business Finance Corporation is proud to announce that United Community Bank of Perham, Minn. has been selected MBFC’s Lender of the Year. This honor is given to the Third-Party Lender with the highest dollar amount of SBA 504 debentures approved by MBFC and the SBA.

Tom Saehr, President and CEO of MBFC presented the award to Charlie Cavanagh, President of United Community Bank, Ryan Rustad, Cedric Rossow, and Bryce Anderson at MBFC’s Annual Membership Meeting held on Wednesday October 22nd at the Holiday Inn in Saint Cloud, Minn.

The Lender of the Year is presented a plaque and a trip to attend the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) 2015 Annual Meeting.



United Community Bank Hosts Get Smart About Credit

October 15, 2014 | Perham, Minnesota

United Community Bank hosted its annual Get Smart About Credit course for Perham-Dent high school students studying finance. The students' curriculum is sponsored by the bank, and students look forward to visiting the bank to learn about the its electronic services as well as what credit is and how to build it. The Get Smart About Credit program, sponsored by the American Banker's Association, is a national campaign of volunteer bankers who work with young people to raise awareness about the importance of using credit wisely.



United Community Bank Supports Local Playground Fund

September 17, 2014 |  Perham, Minnesota

The Heart of the Lakes Elementary School in Perham, Minnesota, received a new playground in September 2014, just in time for the upcoming school year. United Community Bank was a proud supporter of the playground fundraising campaign. On Friday, September 19, the school hosted a Back to School Bash including a celebratory ribbon cutting and barbeque. UCB presented its donation to the school's principal, Jen Hendrickson, in addition to giving away two large-ticket giveaways.


ICBA Recognizes United Community Bank  for 80 Years of Membership

September 10, 2014 | Perham, Minnesota

Washington, D.C. (August 2014)— The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) recognizes United Community Bank of Perham for reaching an important milestone as an ICBA member. This year marks the community bank’s 80th year as a member of ICBA, the only national trade association dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of the nation’s nearly 6,500 community banks.

“ICBA is fortunate to have United Community Bank as a member of the association for 80 years,” said Camden R. Fine, ICBA president and CEO. “Community banks such as United Community Bank are relationship bankers that are passionately committed o serving the needs of their local customers and communities. It’s community banks like United Community Bank that drive economic stability and prosperity on Main Street and make their communities better places to work, live and prosper.”

Community banks reinvest in their communities daily because they are an integral part of the economic, financial and civic fabric of thousands of towns and cities across America. They are common-sense lenders that do right by their customers and exist solely to serve the needs of their local customers and communities.

“As an ICBA member, United Community Bank is proud to be part of a nationwide network of community banks that advocate on behalf of this great industry and its valued customers,”said Charles Cavanagh, President. “United Community Bank looks forward to continuing its role with ICBA to help strengthen and preserve the community banking industry so that consumers across the nation can experience the difference of working with a local community bank for years to come.”

Of the nearly 6,500 community banks nationwide, nearly 5,000 are ICBA members. Representing more than 24,000 locations nationwide and employing 300,000 Americans, ICBA members hold $1.2 trillion in assets, $1 trillion in deposits, and $750 billion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community.


About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for more than 6,500 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services. For more information, visit www.icba.org.