October 22, 2021



Deerwood Bank Named Newsweek’s Best Small Bank in Minnesota

Deerwood Bank Named Newsweek’s Best Small Bank in Minnesota

Deerwood Bank is both thrilled and humbled to announce that we’ve been named “Best Small Bank in Minnesota” by Newsweek, a nationally syndicated news magazine. The ranking recognizes financial institutions in each state who best serve their customer’s needs, among other factors.

Newsweek evaluated over 2,500 financial institutions and addressed more than 30 individual factors to reach their final decisions. Financial institutions were assessed on the overall health of the bank, customer service performance, online banking features, branch presence and interest rate offerings and fees.

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized in this way,” says John Ohlin, Deerwood Bank President. “Our banking methodology has always been ‘nice and simple,’ which really just means we cut the complexity from banking.”

The pandemic has emphasized the importance of online banking capabilities, flexibility in work environment, and the significance of incredible staff. During the last 18 months, Deerwood has shined brightly in each of those areas.

“Being a small community bank means we had the flexibility to be able to pivot when the pandemic hit and really ensure we were focusing on things that made our customers’ and team’s lives easier,” says Ohlin. We helped hundreds of small local businesses get PPP funds during the early pandemic, launched updated online services for our customers, and allowed our employees the flexibility they needed to find a new work/life balance that fit them and their families. To be recognized for these efforts among others is a real honor.”

Deerwood Bank has 13 bank locations throughout Minnesota and we pride ourselves on providing customers with a ‘nice and simple’ experience, from easy-to-use digital services and products to a no-fees mentality. We add in a little ‘Minnesota nice’ and strive to have a strong community presence in each of the communities we serve.

From business lending that allows a business to add on their dream location, to helping a young couple finance their first home, to teaching youth about financial literacy with our Buckaroo accounts, Deerwood Bank serves every niche with incredible customer service and nice and simple solutions.

To view the full list of rankings and methodology, visit https://www.newsweek.com/americas-best-banks-2022/best-small-banks-state.

Jed Rusk Named as Director of Marketing and Communications

Jed Rusk

Office: 218.316.3539
Email: jed.rusk@deerwoodbank.com

Jed Rusk is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Deerwood Bank. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stout with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and Advertising. Jed handles all of Deerwood Bank’s business-related content, including press releases and community announcements.  When Jed gets a free moment, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, and their Golden Retriever, Leo. If Jed isn’t around the bank, you can probably find him at the local hockey arena or out on the golf course.

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