Report: Twin Cities bank fees among lowest in the nation

Bankrate.com, which tracks thousands of financial institutions in the U.S., found the average ATM fee is $2.15 per transaction -- the second lowest in the nation.
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Bankrate.com, which tracks thousands of financial institutions in the U.S., found the average ATM fee is $2.15 per transaction -- the second lowest in the nation.

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Twin Cities ATM fees lowest in US

Banks charge an average of about $2.20 in the Twin Cities to people who pull cash from an automated teller machine that is outside their own bank's network. That compares to the nationwide high in Denver of $2.80, MPR reports. Customers often get hit with yet another fee, charged by their own bank for using an out-of-network ATM. That average charge of $1.58 in the Twin Cities is about mid-way between the nationwide high and low for that fee.

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Free checking returns to TCF Bank

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