MINNEAPOLIS - John F. Grundhofer still cultivates the image of a dealmaker, even though his company is viewed more often these days as a target, not a buyer.

The 61-year-old chairman and chief executive of U.S. Bancorp, who has pasted together about 20 midwestern and western banks and thrifts to create the nation's 14th-largest banking company, seems eager to do at least one more big deal before he retires.

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