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Schutz, Weber to lead UPB

WORTHINGTON -- Jason Schutz and Ryan Weber have been promoted to jointly lead United Prairie Bank's Worthington operations, according to Scott D. Bradley, UPB Chief Executive Officer.

"This is a first in United Prairie's 40-year history that two experienced bankers will team up to lead in a single marketplace," Bradley said. "But Jason and Ryan have taken the initiative in leading the team here since the departure of our prior market president. The positive chemistry, attitude and upward performance trends have provided a great testimonial for their hard work.

"Basically, it's working so well we want them to continue," Bradley added.

United Prairie Bank's Worthington operation is one of 13 Minnesota locations operated by the $560 million asset bank. UPB is the second largest independently-owned community bank ag lender in Minnesota, according to American Banker weekly magazine's May 10, 2012 edition.

Both Schutz and Weber are company veterans of long tenure and lifelong residents of the Worthington area.

Schutz has been with United Prairie for 12 years, starting with UPB as a junior lender. Now an experienced ag and commercial lender, he is also a graduate of the Colorado Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, CO. Schutz and his wife, Melissa, and three children live in Worthington. Schutz is also engaged in farming.

Weber, a Worthington resident, has been with the bank since 2004. For some years, he led the bank's Round Lake operations as market president. When the Round Lake location was consolidated into the Worthington branch, Weber melded into that operation. Weber is also an experienced ag and commercial lender. He and his wife, Joni, have one child.