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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 insurance and financial planning resources for its customers as well offering those services across its footprint. Currently, the company has 16 total locations in 14 communities across Minnesota. Company headquarters are in Mankato, Minnesota. Scott D. Bradley is the President and Chief Executive Officer leading the company to seek its vision for now and the future.

Our Leadership Team

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Melanie VanRoekel

Board Chair

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Scott D. Bradley

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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Maureen Wieser

Chief Operations Officer / Executive Vice President

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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

be aware of online banking scam

The FBI and other consumer protection agencies have published information about a new ongoing scam that involves con-artists contacting bank customers to falsely inform them that their online banking account has been compromised. The scammers ask the customers to login to their online banking account to change their password to a specific. Once it's reset by the customer, the attacker accesses the customer's account and can drain their funds in a number of different ways. 


  • United Prairie Bank will never contact you with a password to use or ask you for your online banking account password. You are always in control of your account passwords.
  • A best practice to help keep safe from scammers who use social engineering by using information from your social media account is to review your privacy settings on social media and restrict who can interact or view your pages. 

Here is an informative article for more information about this scam.


United Prairie Bank Nationally Ranked in Ag Lending

July 15, 2022 -

The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recently released its rankings of the top lenders for 2022. United Prairie Bank was ranked 14th in the nation in the Ag lending category of its peers. This ranking places United Prairie in the top 1.06% of banks in this peer group, which consists of community banks with $300 million to $1 billion in asset size.

The ICBA created these rankings based on a lender score out of 100 for each community bank based on FDIC data from 2021. The score combines the average of the bank’s percentile rank for lending concentration and for loan growth over the past year in the lending category and adjusted the score for loan charge offs. United Prairie Bank received a score of 89.86 out of 100.

United Prairie President and Chief Executive Officer, Scott Bradley commented, “United Prairie Bank has always been a champion for ag producers in our markets. I’m so proud of the work and dedication our entire team puts forth every day to help keep our agricultural clients thriving.”

This ranking places United Prairie Bank as the top Ag Lender in the State of Minnesota in the asset size category. It’s a milestone the company doesn’t take lightly.

“At the end of the day, we are in the people business. When we can deliver expertise to our clients that helps them grow, we grow as well,” added Bradley.


DWYER joins team as Financial Advisor

December 27, 2021 -

Adam Dwyer has joined United Prairie Financial Network as a Financial Advisor. Dwyer will be serving the Mankato market area to assist clients with their financial planning and investment needs.

Dwyer joins United Prairie with over 5 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently working as Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch.

“We’re excited to have Adam join our team of dedicated financial experts here at United Prairie. He’s a great addition to the Mankato staff and is eager to start serving clients,” commented Scott D. Bradley, President/CEO of United Prairie.

Adam resides in St. Peter, Minnesota, along with his girlfriend and their newly adopted dog, Finn. Adam recently made the St. Peter community home but is not new to town as he is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College. Adam is a big hockey fan, as well as a hockey referee for 15 years, and enjoys golf and hunting. He looks forward to engaging more deeply in the community and serving his clients.

Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through PFG Advisors. United Prairie Financial Network, United Prairie Bank, Securities America, and PFG Advisors are separate entities.


Augustin Promoted to Market President

November 17, 2021 – 

United Prairie Bank has promoted longtime leader, Eileen Augustin, to Market President of the Mountain Lake and Windom locations. She will start leading both the retail and lending team members in both offices in mid-November.

Former Market President, Jeremy Janssen, remains on the United Prairie team on a part-time basis serving clients as he now focuses more time on his commercial property management business.

Augustin started her career with United Prairie at the Mountain Lake location 37 years ago and has served in numerous leadership roles throughout her tenure, most recently as Operations Director and Security Officer for the company.

“Eileen has a strong presence in our company as a knowledge leader and champion of our culture. Her unique skillsets in leadership, operations and familiarity with the markets make her a great fit for this new role,” commented Chief Executive Officer, Scott D. Bradley.

Eileen grew up in the Mountain Lake area and is excited to begin this new chapter in her career. She and her husband, Kent, currently live on a hobby farm near Comfrey, where they own a construction company. Eileen enjoys traveling, riding motorcycle, gardening and watching all the wildlife on their property.


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Attention online banking customers: Be aware of an ongoing scam where attackers call online banking customers of banks and pretend their account has been compromised. Click here to learn more about the scam and how to protect yourself. 

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