MINNEAPOLIS -- Metropolitan Financial Corp. said it obtained approval from the Office of Thrift Supervision to acquire American Charter Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lincoln, Neb., and merge it into Metropolitan Federal Bank of Fargo, N.D.

The companies said the deal will close within a month and American Charter's 27 offices will become branches of Metropolitan Federal.

American Charter will add $984 million in assets to Metropolitan Financial's $5.1 billion.

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