There are all sorts of archetypal American heroes: John Wayne. John F. Kennedy. Abraham Lincoln.
My favorite: Jimmy Stewart, especially in his role as caring banker Geroge Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life." He wasn't just a friendly banker -- his work was as vital to the community good as soldiers defending our freedom, teachers inspiring our kids and doctors protecting our health.
And so it is today; a good bank or credit union is a vital part of financial prosperity, offering a hand with everything from buying that first house to providing a comfortable retirement.
Which financial institution in Eagan, Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights or elsewhere in northern Dakota County has earned your trust? Where do you turn to ensure that your money works as hard as you do?
The following financial institutions were nominated earlier this summer as the best of the best by our readers and editors. Now, you get to decide who will receive the Readers' Choice award.
Voting runs July 23-Aug. 17. You may vote once per poll.