St. Cloud-based bank buys failed Georgia-based bank

Stearns Bank agreed to take over Covenant Bank & Trust after regulators shut it down Friday. The nationwide tally of bank failures is now 15 for the year, including two in Minnesota.
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Stearns Bank agreed to take over Covenant Bank & Trust after regulators shut it down Friday. The nationwide tally of bank failures is now 15 for the year, including two in Minnesota.

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