February 5, 2010 – 8:34 pm

1st American State Bank of Minnesota, Hancock, Minnesota is the 16th FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, at an estimated cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $3.1 million.

1st American State Bank of Minnesota, Hancock, Minnesota was closed today by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Community Development Bank, FSB, Ogema, Minnesota, to assume all of the deposits of 1st American State Bank of Minnesota.

The two branches of 1st American State Bank of Minnesota will reopen on Monday as branches of Community Development Bank, FSB. Depositors of 1st American State Bank of Minnesota will automatically become depositors of Community Development Bank, FSB. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship to retain their deposit insurance coverage. Customers should continue to use the former 1st American State Bank of Minnesota branches until they receive notice from Community Development Bank, FSB that it has completed systems changes to allow other Community Development Bank, FSB branches to process their accounts as well.

This evening and over the weekend, depositors of 1st American State Bank of Minnesota can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.

As of December 31, 2009, 1st American State Bank of Minnesota had approximately $18.2 million in total assets and $16.3 million in total deposits. Community Development Bank, FSB did not pay the FDIC a premium to assume all of the deposits of 1st American State Bank of Minnesota. In addition to assuming all of the deposits, Community Development Bank, FSB agreed to purchase essentially all of the failed bank’s assets.

The FDIC and Community Development Bank, FSB entered into a loss-share transaction on $11.7 million of 1st American State Bank of Minnesota’s assets. Community Development Bank, FSB will share in the losses on the asset pools covered under the loss-share agreement. The loss-share transaction is projected to maximize returns on the assets covered by keeping them in the private sector. The transaction also is expected to minimize disruptions for loan customers. For more information on loss share, please visit: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/lossshare/index.html.

Customers who have questions about today’s transaction can call the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-523-8159. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9:00 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST); on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., CST; on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m., CST; and thereafter from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., CST.

Please do not hesitate to visit the FDIC webpage for 1st American State Bank.