California's North Valley Bancorp announced a deal this week to buy Six Rivers National Bank in Eureka for about $25 million of stock, edging out an in-town bank that had courted Six Rivers for two years.

The deal, announced Monday and slated to close in the first quarter, would let Redding-based North Valley grow to 20 branches spread over five northern California counties. North Valley currently has $300 million of assets and operates 12 branches in two counties.

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