Lenders Gone Wild

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    Minnesota's small banks on the brink

    Minnesota's small banks made so many big bets on real estate that the state ranks fifth nationally in the number of banks with excessive levels of bad loans. Expect more banks to fail. Updated Mar. 22, 2011

  • The collapse in real estate values is taking a toll on Minnesota’s small banks and credit unions. Regulators have seized and closed two banks since 2008, with dozens on a secret watch list - and banking officials say more will fail. That could have big implications for Minnesota’s economy.

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Main Street Bank in Forest Lake.

  • Lenders Gone Wild: Part 1

    Article By: KAREN PAURUS , Publish / Update March 22, 2011 4:29 PM

    James Lileks talks with business reporter Jennifer Bjorhus about the aggressive lending practices of some Minnesota banks and credit unions.

Thumper Pond in Ottertail Co.

  • Lenders Gone Wild: Part 2

    Article By: KAREN PAURUS , Publish / Update March 22, 2011 4:30 PM

    Business reporter Chris Serres talks with James Lileks about the current state of Minnesota credit unions.

  • Lenders Gone Wild: Part 3

    Article By: KAREN PAURUS , Publish / Update March 22, 2011 4:30 PM

    Business reporter Chris Serres talks with James Lileks about bank regulators and the role they played in the failing of some Minnesota banks and credit unions.

  • Reporter's Notebook: The grim repo

    Article By: KAREN PAURUS and GLEN STUBBE , Publish / Update March 22, 2011 4:31 PM

    Photographer Glen Stubbe rides with a repo man as he repossesses two vehicles from owners who had fallen behind on their payments.

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