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From left are Security BankUSA Vice President Tiffany Baer Paine, President John Baer and Vice President Ryan Baer in the bank lobby. Security BankUSA is celebrating 100 years of service to Bemidji under four generations of the Baer family with contributions to local charities and nonprofits. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Security bankUSA: Family business spans four generations, 100 years

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The year Security State Bank was chartered on Feb. 7, 1910, a young man named Homer C. Baer moved to Bemidji from Kenyon, Minn., for a job.

He started work at the bank and eventually bought it in 1915.

In 1946, the second Homer Baer, whom everyone called "Bill," joined the bank. He became president in 1959.

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