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Small Minnesota Bank Fails

Regulators shut down 1st American State Bank of Minnesota in what is the 16th U.S. bank failure of 2010.

HANCOCK, Minn. (


) -- State regulators shut down

1st American State Bank of Minnesota

, of Hancock, Minn. Friday, bringing the total of number of failed U.S. banks this year to sixteen.

The bank had been assigned an E-minus (Very Weak) financial strength rating by Ratings

back in March, and was included in's

list of

undercapitalized banks and thrifts


As receiver, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. arranged for

Community Development Bank, FSB

of Ogema, Minn., to assume the failed institution's $16.3 million in deposits and $18.2 million in total assets. The FDIC agreed to share in losses on $11.7 million of the acquired assets.

Community Development Bank was not charged a premium to acquire the deposits, and the FDIC estimated the cost to its insurance fund would be $3.1 million.

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1st American State Bank's two branches were scheduled to reopen Monday as branches of Community Development Bank.

This was the 10th bank failure in Minnesota since the beginning of 2008.

Ongoing Bank Failure Coverage

All previous bank and thrift failures since the beginning of 2008 are detailed in's

interactive bank failure map:

The bank failure map is color-coded, with states having the greatest number of failures highlighted in red and states with no failures in gray. By hovering your mouse over a state you can see the totals for that state. You can click on the state to open a detailed map that pinpoints the locations of the failures and provides additional information.


leads all states with 32 bank or thrift failures from the beginning of 2008 through Friday, followed by




with 23 each and


with 18.

Large holding companies acquiring failed institutions during the current crisis have included

J.P. Morgan Chase

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, which acquired Washington Mutual, the largest-ever bank or thrift to fail in the U.S;

U.S. Bancorp

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SunTrust Banks

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Regions Financial

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Fifth Third Bancorp

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; Zions Bancorp;

PNC Financial

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; and


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The FDIC has extended through 2013 its increase to $250,000 from $100,000 for its basic limit on individual deposit insurance coverage. Although the agency also temporarily waived all deposit insurance limits for business transaction accounts (checking accounts), the insurance limit on these accounts are scheduled to go back to $100,000 on June 30.

After that happens, it will be more important than ever for business and municipal entities such as school districts to carefully monitor the health of their banks. It's very easy to have more than $100,000 of somebody else's money flowing through a business account. Ratings

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Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter Fla.

Philip W. van Doorn joined Ratings., Inc., in February 2007. He is the senior analyst responsible for assigning financial strength ratings to banks and savings and loan institutions. He also comments on industry and regulatory trends. Mr. van Doorn has fifteen years experience, having served as a loan operations officer at Riverside National Bank in Fort Pierce, Florida, and as a credit analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, where he monitored banks in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Mr. van Doorn has additional experience in the mutual fund and computer software industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Long Island University.