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Alerus Financial Corporation Announces Three-for-One Stock Split

GRAND FORKS, ND (August 29, 2014) — Alerus Financial Corporation announced that its board of directors approved a three-for-one stock split of the company’s shares to be payable in the form of a stock dividend. Shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 8, 2014 will receive two additional shares of common stock for each share they own, payable on September 12, 2014.

Alerus Financial Corporation Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Randy Newman stated “We are very proud of the financial performance achieved by Alerus Financial over the last few years, and we believe this stock split may broaden our investor base and improve the trading liquidity of our stock.”

About Alerus Financial Corporation:
Alerus Financial Corporation is a diversified financial services company providing commercial and consumer banking, residential mortgage, insurance, trust, securities brokerage, investment advisory, and retirement plan administration, recordkeeping and advisory products and services, through its wholly owned subsidiary bank, Alerus Financial, N.A., and its affiliates Alerus Investment Advisors Corporation and Alerus Securities Corporation. Alerus’ banking offices are located in North Dakota’s Red River Valley, Minnesota’s Twin Cities, and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Forward—Looking Statements:
The following information appears in accordance with the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

This press release contains forward-looking statements about Alerus Financial Corporation. Statements that are not historical or current facts, including statements about beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements and are based on the information available to, and assumptions and estimates made by, management as of the date made. These forward-looking statements may cover, among other things, anticipated future revenue and expenses and the future plans and prospects of Alerus Financial Corporation. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Global and domestic economies could fail to recover from the recent economic downturn or could experience another severe contraction, which could adversely affect Alerus Financial Corporation’s revenues and the values of its assets and liabilities. Global financial markets could experience a recurrence of significant turbulence, which could reduce the availability of funding to certain financial institutions and lead to a tightening of credit, a reduction of business activity, and increased market volatility. Stress in the commercial real estate markets, as well as a delay or failure of recovery in the residential real estate markets, could cause additional credit losses and deterioration in asset values. In addition, Alerus Financial Corporation’s business and financial performance is likely to be negatively impacted by effects of recently enacted and future legislation and regulation. Alerus Financial Corporation’s results could also be adversely affected by continued deterioration in general business and economic conditions; changes in interest rates; deterioration in the credit quality of its loan portfolios or in the value of the collateral securing those loans; deterioration in the value of securities held in its investment securities portfolio; legal and regulatory developments; increased competition from both banks and non-banks; changes in customer behavior and preferences; effects of mergers and acquisitions and related integration; effects of critical accounting policies and judgments; and management’s ability to effectively manage credit risk, residual value risk, market risk, operational risk, interest rate risk, and liquidity risk.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Alerus Financial Corporation undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

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