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United Prairie has its roots in rural Minnesota. The organization started to take shape in 1973 when former President, James G. Sneer, bought Farmers State Bank of Mountain Lake, Minnesota. That original bank charter began in the year 1919. The bank was run with a strong emphasis in superior customer service, financial integrity and community involvement.

Some years later, Mr. Sneer began to acquire other banks in towns around in the region, bringing the strong values and business practices that brought early success. In some cases, failing banks were rescued and resuscitated to once again become strong promoters of their local economies. In 1992, the banks owned by Mr. Sneer were changed to the now-familiar United Prairie Bank.

In 2002, Stuart J. Sneer, the son of James and Susan Sneer, took over the presidency of the company after many years of individual bank management and system management as vice president. Today, the third generation of the Sneer family is involved in roles within the company.

Over the years, United Prairie began to build its resources for its customers as well offering those services across its footprint. Currently, the company has 10 locations in communities across Minnesota. Company headquarters are in Mankato, Minnesota. 

Our Leadership Team

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Melanie VanRoekel

Board Chair

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Scott Miller
Chief Executive Officer / President

 

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Scott Smits

Chief Credit Officer / Executive Vice President

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Lisa Witte

Chief Financial Officer / Executive Vice President

 

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Chief Operations Officer / Executive Vice President

 

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Chief Operations Officer / Executive Vice President

customer testimonial

I've been going to the United Prairie Bank of New Ulm since 1992. You get to talk to real people, and like on Cheers - everyone knows your name!
Can you convince a computer to fix a problem? And with a smile?

Brad K. - Hector, MN


United Prairie News

missy powers promoted to chief employee experience officer

 May 10, 2024 (Mankato, MN) – United Prairie Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Missy Powers to the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Employee Experience Officer.

Missy Powers joined United Prairie Bank over seven years ago as a Human Resources Manager. Since then, her dedication and leadership have been evident as she progressed to the role of HR Director.

In her new role, Missy will continue to drive excellence in employee experience, furthering the bank's commitment to fostering a positive and supportive workplace culture. Her passion for employee development and engagement will ensure that United Prairie remains a great place to work and grow.

"Missy's promotion is a well-deserved recognition of her deep commitment to our employees and organization," said Scott Miller, President and CEO of United Prairie Bank. "Her expertise and passion will greatly contribute to the continued success of our organization."

Congratulations to Missy on her promotion and new chapter in her career!

 

shelly doll is new chief operating officer (COO) for united prairie bank

 April 29, 2024 (Mankato, MN) – United Prairie Bank is excited to announce Shelly Doll has joined the leadership team in the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Current COO, Maureen Wieser, will be retiring at the beginning of June.

Shelly comes to United Prairie with a breadth of experience in strategic planning, bank operations, payments, operational risk, product and technology management for Capital One, Stearns Financial and most recently, City National Bank. She has led various system conversions, technology integrations and process transformations for these large organizations and is looking forward to connecting with people more in her new position with UP.

“I’ve had some amazing experiences throughout my career, allowing me to be in the thick of technology advancements in the banking industry,” said Doll. “The thing I’m most excited about with joining United Prairie Bank is the culture and being back in our MN communities. I’m looking forward to building strong relationships with our team and clients, shaping the future of community banking as we continue to grow and thrive as a leading community bank.”

Shelly is a native of Richmond, Minnesota. In her spare time, Shelly is an avid gardener and reader. She enjoys spending time with her family taking in Minnesota’s natural beauty hiking any of our State Parks, fishing and water activities on our 10,000 lakes or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Minnesota Twins, at Target Field.

 

Scott Miller Joins United Prairie Bank as New President and CEO

Scott Miller March 15, 2024 (Mankato, MN)—United Prairie Bank’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Miller as President and CEO effective March 13, 2024. Miller will be responsible for the overall direction of the bank including its financial performance, balance sheet management, business development and operations. United Prairie Bank is a family-owned, community bank headquartered in Mankato, Minnesota, with 10 locations across southern and central Minnesota.

"This strategic appointment of a leader with Scott’s industry-specific experience represents our commitment to healthy growth as we approach the threshold of $1 billion in assets,” says United Prairie Bank’s Board Chair Melanie VanRoekel. “Surpassing this exciting goal, commits United Prairie Bank to increased banking compliance, risk management and infrastructure requirements. Scott’s expertise and insight will be invaluable as he leads us into our next phase while ensuring a high level of customer satisfaction.”

Miller’s 40-year career has been focused on building financial institution knowledge. Miller served as a partner for Crowe, LLC—the eighth largest accounting and consulting firm in the US and leading provider of risk management and credit consulting services. His tenure at Crowe included oversight of the Credit Consulting practice with 130 plus clients providing services ranging from loan review to complex model validation as well as collaboration with executives at financial institutions across the US. Prior to Crowe, LLC, Miller spent over a decade with Old Kent Bank & Trust in multiple commercial lending leadership positions including Vice President, Senior Credit Officer and Vice President, Commercial Lending.

United Prairie Bank is not new territory for Miller. He joined the United Prairie’s Board of Directors in 2022. Since then, he has had the opportunity to participate in the bank’s strategic planning, observe operations and become engaged with branch leadership.

“I am honored to be joining the team at United Prairie. Their dedication to building long-term, quality relationships to help our customers reach their financial goals and succeed is unmatched,” said Miller. “United Prairie is at an exciting point in time. I look forward to helping our customers, community and bank grow and thrive.”

Farmers State Corporation sells Agency

 October 19, 2023 – Farmers State Corporation, the holding company for the United Prairie financial services entities, has made the decision to sell the insurance agency portion of their business holdings.

As of October 1, 2023, First MainStreet Insurance (FMSI), headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has attained ownership of United Prairie Insurance Agency.

“As our company grows, it became clear that we needed to seek a buyer that is well-equipped with the vision, expertise and infrastructure to succeed Farmers State for the agency to continue to thrive. We’re very pleased to have chosen First MainStreet Insurance,” commented United Prairie board chair, Melanie VanRoekel.

United Prairie President and CEO, Scott Bradley, adds, “I’m confident this company shares the values and commitment that the insurance agency team and communities will recognize and appreciate.”

United Prairie Insurance Agency will continue to do business under the familiar United Prairie brand and employees will continue in their roles under new ownership and remain in their current facilities.

“It’s important to note that Farmers State Corporation and United Prairie Bank remain strong and sound. Our company is as committed as ever to growing our company and communities together through our top-notch banking team and services,” Bradley stated.


About First MainStreet Insurance:
First MainStreet Insurance, L.C. is an affiliate of TrueNorth Companies, L.C. Established in 2017, the First MainStreet mode focuses on community-based agencies to perpetuate their business while maintaining the local presence and legacy. First MainStreet supports these agencies by providing access to additional resources and insurance markets. Currently, the platform has 37 agencies across 4 states. To learn more about First MainStreet Insurance and the communities they serve, visit www.firstmainstreet.com.

 

united prairie named one of the top workplaces in mn

June 18, 2023 – United Prairie has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list of those selected is available at startribune.com. Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health, and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from 124,719 employees at Minnesota public, private, and nonprofit organizations. The results of the Star Tribune Top Workplaces are based on survey information collected by Energage, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.

United Prairie CEO and President Scott Bradley said, “There are hundreds of employers that participate in this program and it’s an honor to be placed in this category. Thank you to all our employees for their contributions to this distinction.

United Prairie COO Maureen Wieser added, “We received this honor because of our team’s dedication to continuous improvement. I’d like to thank our employees for all they do in their service to each other and to our clients.”

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

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