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Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies

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The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR Part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank Start Printed Page 1682holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below.

The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The application also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Additional information on all bank holding companies may be obtained from the National Information Center website at​nic/​.

Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than February 1, 2001.

A. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Phillip Jackson, Applications Officer) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690-1414:

1. Alpha Financial Group, Inc., Employee Stock Ownership Plan, Toluca, Illinois; to become a bank holding company by acquiring 31.61 percent of the voting shares of Alpha Financial Group, Inc., Minonk, Illinois, and thereby indirectly acquiring voting shares of Alpha Community Bank, Toluca, Illinois.

In connection with this proposal, Alpha Financial Group, Inc., Employee Stock Ownership Plan has applied to acquire indirectly voting shares of Alpha Insurance Services, Inc., Washburn, Illinois, and thereby engage in Insurance agency and underwriting activities in small towns pursuant to § 225.28(b)(11)(iii)(A) of Regulation Y.

B. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (JoAnne F. Lewellen, Assistant Vice President) 90 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55480-0291:

1. Frandsen Financial Corp., Forest Lake, Minnesota; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of Oslo Bancorporation, Oslo, Minnesota, and thereby indirectly acquire Valley State Bank of Oslo, Oslo, Minnesota.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, January 3, 2001.

Robert deV. Frierson,

Associate Secretary of the Board.

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[FR Doc. 01-483 Filed 1-8-01; 8:45 am]