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I just received a check from the Douglas County Clerk of the District Court. I was amazed when I saw the check was written on a United Missouri Bank account. What is our court system doing using a bank from Missouri to do its business?

The county has a banking contract with UMB Bank, which was awarded after a former bidding process, said Douglas County Court Clerk Douglas Hamilton. “During the last contract cycle, UMB was determined to have the most beneficial banking product for the citizens of Douglas County,” Hamilton said. He said the contracts are awarded based on a number of criteria, including interest rates, banking fees and technology offerings. UMB Bank has a branch in Lawrence at 1441 Wakarusa Drive.

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