Lake Area Bank to be Acquired by Royal Credit Union & First Resource Bank

July 12th, 2022

Update on Lake Area Bank (Lindstrom and Forest Lake Location) Acquisition Transaction –

Ameri Financial Group, Inc., announced it has signed a definitive agreement with Waseca Bancshares, Inc., to acquire the charter of Waseca Bancshares’ subsidiary Lake Area Bank in Lindstrom, Minn. Ameri Financial Group is purchasing the Lake Area Bank offices in Lindstrom and Forest Lake and will merge them into its subsidiary, First Resource Bank.

Read the entire press release here.

(Note – Royal Credit Union is still acquiring all other existing Lake Area Bank branches. Please see the previous update for the latest information regarding the Royal Credit Union/Lake Area Bank acquisition)

April 18th, 2022

Update on Restructured Royal Credit Union Acquisition Transaction –

We previously announced that Lake Area Bank shareholders entered into an agreement to sell the entirety of Lake Area Bank to Royal Credit Union, and that the sale was contingent on regulatory approval. The transaction has been delayed due to the necessary regulatory approvals taking much longer than expected.

As a result, Lake Area Bank and Royal Credit Union have restructured the transaction to an acquisition agreement of the following:

  • The White Bear Lake, Stillwater, and Hugo Lake Area Bank branch offices
  • The majority of the Lake Area Bank Business Banking
  • The Lake Area Mortgage Division

This restructured agreement remains contingent on regulatory approval. Provided regulatory approval is obtained in a timely manner, the restructured transaction is expected to occur later in 2022.

  • Lake Area Bank will continue to own and operate our Lindstrom and Forest Lake branch offices as Lake Area Bank  after the closing of the Royal acquisition.  Lake Area Bank is actively working to determine the future of our Lindstrom and Forest Lake offices including a potential sale to another financial institution.   You will be notified as soon as additional information is available.

If your accounts are included in the acquisition to Royal Credit Union, you will become a Royal Member and your Lake Area Bank accounts will convert to Royal accounts when the acquisition is complete. Royal Credit Union and Lake Area Bank continue to work toward creating a smooth transition for those customers as they become Royal Members.

More information will be shared here on our website and directly with customers as the acquisition process moves forward. As always, we value our customers and thank them for their continued business with Lake Area Bank.

Please feel free to contact any one of our branches directly with questions.  Branch phone numbers can be found here.

August 19, 2021

To Our Valued Customers –

Lake Area Bank shareholders have entered into an acquisition agreement to sell to Royal Credit Union effective first quarter 2022. Although this was a difficult decision, we are excited to join a financial institution that aligns with our strong corporate values and commitment to customers and our communities.

Why have we made the decision to sell?

Lake Area Bank is a family-owned bank with a strong and dedicated shareholder group since 1985.  It is time for the next journey.  This sale provides opportunity for our organization to carry forward for years to come.  Aligning with Royal Credit Union allows us to continue supporting our customers and communities as we have for over 100 years. We feel confident you will experience the same level of service you’ve come to expect with Lake Area Bank.

What does this mean for you?

As a current customer of Lake Area Bank, upon the sale in early 2022, you will become a member of Royal Credit Union. We hope to make this transition as seamless as possible. Royal Credit Union is a strong financial institution with a background in bank acquisitions and a solid understanding of the transition process.  There will be some changes in the coming months, but we are committed to minimizing the impact to you and your accounts.  Rest assured, we are still here and ready to assist you.

Additionally, Royal Credit Union is planning to purchase our existing Lake Area Bank real estate, further expanding their physical footprint in Minnesota.  Because of this, we have every reason to believe they have intent to remain in our current communities.

What are the benefits to working with Royal Credit Union?

  • Royal Credit Union is a strong and growing financial institution with values and a purpose consistent with ours. Founded in 1964, they demonstrate a powerful commitment to their communities, members and employees.
  • Similar to a bank, credit unions are federally insured. Royal and nearly all credit unions are insured through NCUA (National Credit Union Administration).
  • Credit union Members are owners of the credit union and have a say in how the credit union is operated. Members can vote at annual meetings, run for the Royal Credit Union Board of Directors, and serve on committees such as the Audit Committee and the Nominating Committee. 
  • Typically, credit unions charge their members fewer fees and lower loan interest rates – and pay higher rates on deposits. Royal has fewer fees than most institutions, even other credit unions, and their interest rates are among the best in our markets.
  • Comparable to Lake Area Bank, Royal is deeply rooted in their communities. Similarly, Lake Area Bank’s core purpose has been to make a difference in people’s lives. Royal’s core purpose is to make a positive impact in the lives we touch. We believe you will continue to experience the same personal connections you value at Lake Area.
  • With an asset size of over $3.5 billion, Royal Credit Union can provide expanded offerings in both business and personal banking accounts and services. Furthermore, you will have access to additional locations and benefits to becoming a member of Royal.

We encourage you to visit to learn about Royal Credit Union.  We are confident you will be pleased with how they operate and what they have to offer their members.

I understand you may have additional questions.  Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to answer them.  As the coming months unfold, we will continue reaching out with additional information. 

You are, and will continue to be, a valued customer and we look forward to continuing to serve your financial needs for many years to come as a Royal Member.


Marc Campbell, CEO
Lake Area Bank


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