DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Carl Pohlad, one of the country's most aggressive bank acquirers, told a group of community bankers here that they will have to make tough choices going forward if they plan on remaining independent.

Mr. Pohlad, who is a celebrity among. community .bankers because he owns the Minnesota Twins and 21 banks in 11 states, spoke to the group at a meeting last week sponsored by American Trust and Savings Bank.

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