Two Great Names In Banking Have Come Together. Blackridgebank Is Now First Western Bank & Trust.

Written by: Brady Drake

BlackRidgeBANK has joined First Western Bank & Trust, a trusted name in banking for over 50 years. We’re the same great people you know and count on, now bringing you more financial products and services. Most importantly, we will continue to provide the local decision-making you have come to know and expect.

First Western Bank & Trust is independently owned. We offer the very best in customer service. We service our mortgage loans in-house. We provide the latest in technology with online, mobile and text banking. We are part of the “BaZing” network offering hundreds of discounts at area businesses nationwide.

At First Western, we take pride in the communities we serve and value the importance of giving back through charitable works. Our employees are actively involved with our service projects, sponsorships and worthy causes. As a long-time community bank in this region, we have been committed to helping people achieve their goals.

At First Western Bank & Trust, we’re not just here for you. We are you.

Carson Wentz

Football and banking have a lot more in common than you might think. Like experienced coaching, teamwork and trust. With the recent merger of First Western Bank & Trust and BlackRidgeBANK, you can count on their team to provide their customers with the best financial solutions available in a timely, professional manner. At First Western Bank & Trust, you can bank on us.

 — Carson Wentz Pro Quarterback

About First Western Bank & Trust

First Western Bank & Trust has been a community bank since 1964 when we opened in Minot, ND. Since then, we have added more locations in Minot, as well as in Bismarck, ND and Eden Prairie, MN. In October of 2019, we were joined by BlackRidgeBANK and all of its locations in North Dakota and Minnesota.

We operate as a full-service financial center providing traditional banking products as well as trust services, all lines of insurance, leasing, and much more. Technology and innovation drive us to be industry leaders to provide premier products and services to our customers.

We provide the advantages of a larger regional bank with the personalized local service of a small town bank. We believe that friendliness, sincerity, and a desire to help are the basis of good banking relations.

Now Serving These Communities:

• Alexandria, MN • Baxter, MN • Bismarck, ND • Carlos, MN
• Crosslake, MN • Eden Prairie, MN • Fargo, ND • Miltona, MN • Minot, ND
• Nisswa, MN • West Fargo, ND

We Offer A Full Range Of Financial Products 

Personal Banking

First Western Teller

Personal Banking with us is about hometown service with local bankers that know your community. It’s about banking the way you live and getting convenient access to your money the way you want it. It’s about working with people who care about your financial future and planning for the road ahead.

Checking & Savings Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, CDs / IRAs, Credit Cards, Personal Lending, Online Banking, Remote Deposit, Construction loans, Home equity loans, Home equity lines of credit

Mortgage Loans

First Western Customer

Buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions you’ll ever make. When you need financing to make your dream home a reality, we are here for you with local decision making and local loan servicing. We offer all types of mortgage loans including:

Conventional loans, FHA loans, VA loans, First time home buyer loans

Banking And Trust Solutions For Individuals, Farms And Businesses

Trust Services

You can invest comfortably with our experienced and tenured Trust Department staff. Financial security and wealth management are an integral part of how we help families benefit from their resources now and in the years to come. All of our personal trust services are delivered on a local level with a goal of providing you the piece of mind you seek. You can count on it.

Asset / Investment Management, Employer-Provided Retirement Plans, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), Personal Trust & Investment Services

Business Banking

First Western Builder

Whether you are a new or seasoned entrepreneur, our business bankers and lenders have the expertise to provide solutions for you. From small business lending to specialized business products and services, all decisions are made locally. No business is too small or too large for us.

Business Accounts, Business Financing, Credit Cards, Cash Management

Ag Banking

First Western Barn

Our Ag Lending staff understands the financial constraints placed on our local farmers and ranchers. Your expenses are paid at retail and your income is at wholesale. You put in the long hours and the late nights because your operation is your way of life. For over 40 years, we have been there with you. We offer a variety of ag financing solutions in-house or jointly with the Farm Services Agency and Bank of North Dakota.

Annual Operating Loans and Lines of Credit, Livestock Purchases, Ag Machinery / Equipment Purchases, Farm Infrastructure, Ag Real Estate, Crop Hail Insurance

*Insurance products and services are offered through First Western Insurance. 

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Brady is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media in Fargo, ND.