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First Western promotes staff

First Western Bank & Trust has announced three recent promotions.

Kris Lien has been promoted to assistant vice president-information technology manager. Lien joined the First Western team at the Main Bank in Minot as the bank’s IT manager 5 1/2 years ago.

Joy Springer has been promoted to computer tech I. She joined the First Western team in June of 2018 as a customer service representative. Most recently she was a universal banker I at the Main Bank in Minot. Springer graduated from Minot State University this spring with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and is now a part of the bank’s IT Department.

Josh Berdahl has been promoted to network analyst in the Minot region. Berdahl started with First Western in 2018 as a part-time computer operator and in 2020 became a full-time system tech. He is a graduate of Minot High School and MSU with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

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