Mission Statement

To recognize and serve the needs of our customers, community, and employees, as we build a legacy of caring!

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Performance
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Personal Responsibility


The legacy of this financial institution dates back to the mid-1900s, but the story of BANKWEST begins in 1980 with the purchase of Rockford State Bank by the Huston family.  With the determination, business fortitude and wisdom of the background of the family, the Huston family rooted the mission and values deep into the Rockford community.  From this foundation, we continued to grow steadily over time and eventually were presented with the opportunity to serve another community in nearby Hanover, MN.  As the needs of our community expanded, so did our business services.  In the mid-1990s, we increased our commercial loan business and started lending in the home real estate industry.  In the 2000s, we continued to grow with the opening of our Buffalo, MN branch and broke ground for a new home office in Rockford and a permanent building in Hanover.  In more recent years, we’ve kept pace with the technology boom with our implementation of internet banking, mobile deposit and we’ve proudly partnered with Kasasa that will lead our banking into the future and help our customers make the most out of their banking experience with us.

Customer Testimonials