Banking is all about deep relationships, but Great Southern Bancorp (GSBC) has drawn the line at booking its customers' trips to Vegas or insuring their Corvettes.

The decision stems from the kind of soul-searching going on at a lot of community banks. Several failed-bank deals have taken Great Southern to $4 billion of assets and the cusp of being a player in the Midwest. The Springfield, Mo., company announced late last week that it would sharpen its focus on banking by selling its insurance and travel agencies to specialists in those sectors.

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