Stockman Financial Corp. in Miles City, Mont., has struck a deal to buy six branches and about $57 million of loans from WesterFed Financial Corp. in Missoula, Mont., for an undisclosed price.WesterFed, which has $1 billion of assets, said it intends to sell two of the acquired offices to Montana Security Inc., a $158 million-asset company in Havre, Mont.

The bankers involved said both deals were motivated by their reluctance to try to serve customers too far away from their bases. The branches are all in the state's eastern end, and the closest is 400 miles from WesterFed's headquarters.

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