First Three Complete Citizens Leadership Academy

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2017-2018 Citizens Bank Minnesota Leadership Academy Graduates

Citizens Bank Minnesota is pleased to announce that Melissa Bergeman, Lisa Reinarts and Jenn Wendorff recently completed Citizens Leadership Academy (CLA).  The CLA is an internal two-year program that was developed to grow leadership skills of staff members to prepare them to take on bigger roles in the organization as opportunities arise.  The two-year program focuses on personal and professional growth.   The bank looks for individuals who not only have a commitment to Citizens, but also have a desire to achieve extraordinary accomplishments through a leadership role.   Bergeman is a dedicated Citizens employee of 9 years and her current role is Citizens Connection Manager. She graduated cum laude from Minnesota State University Mankato earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Communication with minors in Technical Writing and Interdisciplinary Communications. Bergeman lives in Madelia with her daughter Faith.  Reinarts is a dedicated Citizens employee of 10 years and her current role is Assistant Operations Manager. She graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Management with minors in Accounting and Business Administration. Reinarts lives in Courtland with her husband Brandon and their sons Keagan and Kellan.  Wendorff is a dedicated Citizens employee of 15 years and her current role is Personal Banker. She is a graduate from Rasmussen College, earning an Associate Degree in Business. Wendorff lives in New Ulm with her husband Dustin and their children Makenna and Brody.   Citizens currently has 14 staff members in Leadership Development Programs who will complete their programs at year end 2019 and 2020.

WooHoo! We’re awarding $8,000 in Scholarships!

Graudating High School Seniors - check out the 2019 Citizens Bank Minnesota Scholarship

Graduating High School Seniors – check out the 2019 Citizens Bank Minnesota Scholarship!

We now offer 6 Scholarships!

  • 1-$1,000 Renewable up to three years
  • 3-$1,000 One time scholarships
  • 2-$500 One time scholarships

We’ve made the process of applying easier!  Simply watch two short, informative videos and answer a questionnaire for each. When the applications become available in February, if you meet the requirements, we’ll email you the application.

Visit citizensmn.bank/personal/scholarship for all the details or email Lori with any questions you may have at: ldummer@citizensmn.com

By Lori Dummer, Scholarship Coordinator

Mark Denn Appointed to Citizens Bancorporation of New Ulm, Inc. Board of Directors

 

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Mark Denn appointed to Citizens Bancorporation of New Ulm, Inc. Board of Directors

Citizens Bancorporation of New Ulm, Inc, parent company of Citizens Bank Minnesota, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Denn to the Board of Directors of both companies.

Denn has been a Vice President and Branch Manager at the Citizens Bank Minnesota’s LaSalle office since joining the bank in 2000. He was recently appointed Executive Vice President and will assume responsibility for day to day operations of the bank in January of 2019.

Denn joins Dustan Cross, Lou Geistfeld, Bob Hinnenthal, Al Holm, Jim Schuetzle, Bryon Christenson, Walt Luneburg, and Ted Marti on the bank boards.

Citizens Bank Minnesota has offices in New Ulm, Lafayette, La Salle and Lakeville Minnesota

Citizens delivers 107 blankets to six area organizations

September 17-21, 2018 was Minnesota Bankers Association’s Community Impact Week, in which Citizens Bank Minnesota was a proud participant. Across the state, 86 banks and over 259 branches joined forces to serve their local communities. Citizens chose to collect blanket and fleece donations to create comfort for those in need. Citizens employees were able to create 107 fleece tie blankets to give to six area organizations. Those organizations include New Ulm Virginia Piper Cancer Center, NUMAS Haus, the foster care system of Watonwan County Human Services, Mayo Clinic of St. James, Madelia City Hall to be used by police, rescue and fire, and 360 Communities in Lakeville.

Launched by the Minnesota Bankers Association, the Community Impact Week creates an opportunity for banks to highlight the many volunteer opportunities available to help build stronger local communities.  Citizens and their employees were proud to be a part of this effort and we thank everyone who donated at all of our locations!

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Citizens employees made 107 blankets for comfort

Employees deliver blankets to 360 Communities in Lakeville

Employees deliver blankets to 360 Communities in Lakeville

Citizens employees deliver blankets to NUMAS Haus in New Ulm

Delivering blankets to NUMAS Haus in New Ulm

Delivering blankets to the New Ulm Virginia Piper Cancer Center

Employees deliver blankets to the New Ulm Virginia Piper Cancer Center

Protect Your Identity with Deluxe Provent Identity Theft Protection from EZShield

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Citizens Bank Minnesota and Deluxe Provent/EZShield are pleased to offer you Identity Theft Protection service! Check out this short video to see how EZShield protection can help you stay secure: EZShield Identity Theft Protection

Every year millions of consumers are affected by identity theft. It costs a great deal of time and money to restore your identity. Criminals continually find ways to steal your personal information and perpetrate fraud. But now you can do something to help protect yourself.

You can also learn more about Deluxe Provent Identity Theft Protection from EZShield on our website at: www.citizensmn.bank/personal/identity-theft-protection

Tips For Securing Your Social Media Accounts

cyber security awareness logoOctober is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which highlights the importance of cybersecurity and online safety.

One of the biggest online presence that today’s society has is on social media platforms. Because they are being linked to an increasing number of applications on phones and other devices, it becomes even more necessary to secure them.

Securing your personal social media accounts

The different social media platforms have security features that you should take advantage of. Here are some tips for keeping your accounts secure:

  • Close the accounts that you’re not using. Forgotten social media accounts may be compromised without being noticed. Hackers can leverage these and access other accounts linked to it, like your email.
  • Check what apps are connected to your social media. Do you use Facebook or Google to sign in for any other applications? Assess if this type of access is necessary.
  • Practice good password hygiene. Use different passwords for your social media accounts, and also make sure each password is complex and unusual. Enabling 2-factor authentication can prevent unauthorized parties from accessing your accounts.
  • Keep your mobile apps updated. Make sure you have the latest version of the platform you’re using. Security patches protect you from the newest known threats.
  • Use a unique email for your social media accounts. If possible, create a whole new email specifically for social media accounts so that if you are compromised, the hackers won’t have access to any valuable information.

Securing corporate accounts

Social media is also used as the public face of enterprises or even entrepreneurs who use it as an advertising tool or an avenue to establish their brand. Hackers sometimes take over a company’s social media to promote their own brand, gain followers, or even spread a specific message. This form of hacktivism is an ongoing problem, especially with Twitter accounts.

Here are some tips to keep corporate social media accounts secure:

  • Monitor your social media regularly—keep an eye on what’s happening on all your social media platforms.
  • Limit access to only the necessary people—the fewer people with access, the better. This makes it easier to control the posts and avoid any deliberate sabotage.
  • Separate what is personal and what is professional—you don’t want to accidentally post something personal on a corporate account.
  • Audit which tools have access to your accounts—regulate tools that help with posting since they might be vulnerable to attacks.
  • Be aware of the latest security solutions—some platforms might be moving away from passwords soon, or they may be implementing a new security feature that you may want to implement.
  • Like all users, practice good password hygiene and also implement strict policies about patching and updating.

Source: www.trendmicro.com

Protect Your Citizens Bank Minnesota Debit Card With The MyCardRules App

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The power to protect your Citizens Bank Minnesota Debit Card is in the palm of your hand!

Download this FREE mobile app that allows you to conveniently control when, where and how your Debit Card can be used!

  • Turn your cards off and on: Misplaced your card? Turn it off until you find it!
  • Get instant alerts: Receive alerts based on the rules you set.
  • Control where and how your Debit Card can be used: Out shopping or on vacation? Set the card to work only where you are!
  • Plus much more!

How to set up MyCardRules:

Download the app in the Apple or Google Play store

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Choose New User and enter in your card number:

MCR1    MCR2

MCR3Enter security code, zip code, and expiration date and accept MyCardRules Terms and condition and privacy policy:

 

 

 

 

Enter email address, password, re-enter password, and user full name, then next.

Password: 8-12 characters in length, with at least one number and one letter.

And you should be all set! You now have control over when, where and how your Citizens Bank Minnesota debit card can be used!

Contact Citizens at 800-549-0194 if you have any questions and we’d be happy to help!

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