As the major investor in Bremer Financial Corporation, the Otto Bremer Foundation is committed to the communities and seven regions that are homes to Bremer banks. The Foundation seeks to serve as a resource to local and regional organizations that help to move these communities forward.
The Foundation actively seeks to understand community concerns, challenges and goals through visits by staff and trustees, meetings with nonprofit and community leaders, periodic convenings and other means. We consider a number of factors in determining geographic eligibility for a grant or program-related investment, including physical proximity to Bremer Bank communities and how the work of a specific program or organization will positively affect residents of those communities.
We have identified seven distinct geographic regions where Bremer banks are located so that we can develop a deeper understanding of the various regions in which we fund. By focusing on these regions we will broaden our understanding of that geographic area, and develop and expand relationships within each region that can lead to synergies that will benefit individuals and organizations.
Our regions and communities are listed below the map.
Region 1: Western North Dakota
Bismarck, Carrington, Devils Lake, Max, Minnewaukan, Minot, Richardton, Rugby
Region 2: Red River Valley
In Minnesota: Breckenridge, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fisher, Moorhead, Warren
In North Dakota: Casselton, Fargo, Fordville, Gilby, Grafton, Grand Forks, Larimore, Lisbon, Wahpeton
Region 3: Central and Northern Minnesota
Aitkin, Baxter, Brainerd, International Falls, Princeton, Rice, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud
Region 4: Western and South Central Minnesota
Alexandria, Brandon, Fergus Falls, Mankato, Marshall, Morris, Owatonna, Perham, Redwood Falls, Starbuck, Watertown, Willmar
Region 5: Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
Arden Hills, Brooklyn Center, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Roseville, South St. Paul, St. Anthony, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, Stillwater, White Bear Lake, Woodbury
Region 6: Western Wisconsin
Amery, Bayfield, Colfax, Danbury, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Frederic, La Crosse, La Pointe, Menomonie, New Richmond, Siren, Washburn
Region 7: Southeastern Minnesota
Austin, Eyota, Houston, Kasson, Rochester, Rollingstone, St. Charles, Stewartville, Winona