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ROTHMEIER JOINS METROPOLITAN FINANCIAL BOARD

 MINNEAPOLIS Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Metropolitan Financial Corporation (NYSE: MFC) announced today that Steven G. Rothmeier has been elected to its board of directors effective Jan. 1, 1993. Rothmeier, formerly associated with Northwest Airlines, Inc., is currently the chairman and chief executive officer of Great Northern Capital.
 Rothmeier joined Northwest Airlines, Inc. in 1973 as corporate financial analyst and was promoted to manager, economic analysis, just five months later. His career with the company progressed quickly as he was elected to the following posts at the following times: director of economic planning, 1978; chief financial officer, 1978; executive vice president and director, 1982; executive vice president - finance and administration, 1983; president and chief operating officer, 1983. Rothmeier was named chairman and chief executive officer of Northwest Airlines, Inc. in 1986.
 In 1989, Rothmeier accepted the position of president of IAI Capital Group, where he served until he founded Great Northern Capital, a private merchant banking firm, in March, 1993.
 With a masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and bachelors degree from the University of Notre Dame, Rothmeier was awarded the U.S. Army Commendation and Bronze Star medals during his military tour of duty in Vietnam.
 An accomplished author and frequent public speaker, Rothmeier also serves as the chairman of Alliant Techsystems, Inc., and director of Honeywell, Inc., Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Company, E.W. Blanch Holdings, Inc., and Department 56, Inc. He is also active in numerous community and civic organizations.
 Metropolitan Financial Corporation is a regional financial services holding company. Its full service consumer savings bank, Metropolitan Federal Bank, fsb, Fargo, N.D., operates over 190 offices in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin and Arizona. At June 30, 1993, the company had 30,776,821 shares of common stock outstanding and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MFC.
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 /CONTACT: William P. Bartkowski of Metropolitan Financial, 612-928-5000/
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