The United Prairie Bank system has its roots in rural Minnesota. The organization was born in 1973 when former President, James G. Sneer, bought Farmers State Bank of Mountain Lake, Minnesota, now familiar United Prairie Bank. The bank was run with a strong emphasis in superior customer service, financial integrity and community involvement. The Mountain Lake bank thrived. Some years later, Mr. Sneer began to acquire other banks and export his successful blend of customer service and management practices to other towns in the region. In some cases, failing banks were rescued and resuscitated to once again become strong promoters of their local economies. In 1992, the banks then owned by Mr. Sneer changed their names 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.
Along with banks, the United Prairie system began to build insurance and financial planning resources for its customers. Today, United Prairie Insurance Agencies service almost all bank locations, offering a full range of coverage for personal, home, farm and business needs.
All United Prairie Banks are organized under a local market president, who within the bounds of sound banking practices and some broad-based policy, controls the day-to-day business and decision making for that branch. All UPB operations are held to high standards of customer service, transactional accuracy and financial soundness. United Prairie Bank carries strong overall safeness and soundness ratings available from banking regulatory agencies.
All United Prairie operations enjoy centralized administrative support through the United Prairie Service Center, officed in Mankato, MN. The Service Center provides specialized support in administration, credit, operations, compliance, investments, marketing and technology under the leadership of Scott D. Bradley, Chief Executive Officer, and Jeff Weldon, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.