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Citizens 2020 Craft Retreat to Benefit “B the Light”

Calling all crafters, scrappers, quilters, jewelry makers and more! Join Citizens 4 Citizens at our annual craft retreat as we “Craft for a Cause”!  All proceeds from this event will benefit “B the Light”.

When? Friday, March 27, 2020 from 5 PM – 10 PM and/or Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 9 AM – 9 PM

Where? St. George Parish Center, 63128 388th Lane, New Ulm, MN

Cost? Friday only (includes 1 meal) – $25 Saturday only (includes 2 meals) – $40 Both days (includes 3 meals) – $60

We have special pricing for children! Friday only (includes 1 meal) – $10 Saturday only (includes 2 meals) – $20 Both days (includes 3 meals) – $25

We will also be offering ‘Make and Take’ projects! Etch a wine glass or beer mug for $7, or a set of 4 glasses for $20.  Or if you are interested in home decor, you can make a rustic painted mason jar sconce for $12! 

Visit our website to view and download all the forms for this event!

Registration deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020.  You can mail registrations with payment to: Citizens Bank Minnesota c/o Stacy Merkel P.O. Box 547 New Ulm, MN 56073

Citizens Bank Minnesota Donates over $2,100.00 to Area Nonprofits

Citizens Bank Minnesota recently donated $818.00 to CADA (Committee Against Domestic Abuse) and $1287.00 to Virginia Piper Cancer Center of New Ulm. The funds were raised through Citizens Jeans for Change where employees pay $5.00 the first Friday of every month to wear jeans to work, and employee potlucks throughout the year. The proceeds are then given to area non-profits.  CADA is a nonprofit victim advocacy and emergency shelter organization and Virginia Piper Cancer Center provides outpatient care that is individually tailored and convenient for patients.



Pictured from left to right: Lou Geistfeld, President/CEO of Citizens, Stacy Merkel, AVP/Auditor of Citizens, Ra’e Holm, CADA, Sara Neidecker-Schoo, CADA, Denise Fischer, Insurance Agent of Citizens Agency, and Mark Denn, Executive Vice President of Citizens.

Virginia Piper


Pictured from left to right: Lou Geistfeld, President/CEO of Citizens, Lynn Fink, AVP/Compliance Officer of Citizens Sarah Schauer, NUMC Foundation, Vicky Beltz, Assistant Manager Oncology, Kay Meinzer, Personal Banker, Citizens, and Mark Denn, Executive Vice President of Citizens.

2019 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K Fundraiser

Citizens Bank Minnesota held their 5th annual Race 2 Raise 5K on Saturday, May 18, 2019. This was a running/walking event that started in the New Ulm bank parking lot and utilized streets and the bike trail system, finishing at German Park. The 5K was professionally chip-timed with medals being awarded to the top 3 males and top 3 females in seven different age groups. Despite the threat of storms and cooler temps, the rain stayed away and we had 119 participants there that morning, raising $2,824.15 for the American Cancer Society!  We hope to see YOU at the starting line in 2020!

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Citizens 4 Citizens donates to the Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery

Craft Retreat donationCitizens Bank Minnesota recently donated $800.00 to the Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery. The funds were raised through the Citizens 4 Citizens Craft Retreat held on March 15 & 16, 2019. The retreat was started in 2012 with the idea that the event would provide participants with time to work on projects of their choice without the distractions of home.  The proceeds are then given to area non-profits.  The Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery is a 24-hour home that exists to provide a temporary, safe and loving environment for children while supporting and strengthening families experiencing a stressful situation.

Pictured from left to right:

Lou Geistfeld, President/CEO of Citizens, Stacy Merkel, AVP/Auditor of Citizens, Melanie Mohror, Southern MN Crisis Nursery Board Vice Chair, Lynn Fink, AVP/Compliance Officer of Citizens, and Mark Denn, Executive Vice President of Citizens.

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MBAThe Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) has recognized 35 Minnesota banks for their community involvement. Banks play a vital role in their communities and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA created the Community Champion recognition program.

Citizens is one of thirty-five Community Champions that worked with several organizations in their communities, providing funding, volunteers, materials, supplies, or food for their neighbors. Citizens’ employees volunteered on behalf of the bank for organizations including American Cancer Society, United Way Day of Caring, Adopt-a-Family, Junior Achievement, National Teach Children to Save Day, local school programs, churches and non-profits. Recipients of the recognition range in size from small community banks to large banks with multiple branches.

In total, these banks donated over $3.9 million to their communities and worked with over 500 organizations in the past year.  These organizations included the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, Feed My Starving Children, local schools, churches, and non-profits.   Over 1,500 employees from these banks dedicated 49,381 hours at a variety of volunteer events or programs in 2018.

MBA President/CEO Joe Witt congratulated the recipients. “As this recognition highlights, Minnesota banks continue to demonstrate an extraordinary level of commitment to the communities they serve,” said Witt. “In addition to providing the capital that helps families and local businesses thrive, the banking industry’s record of supporting local programs is second to none. The MBA is pleased to recognize these 35 banks for their commitment to making a real difference in their local communities.”

The Minnesota Bankers Association is the state’s largest trade association devoted exclusively to the representation of commercial banks. The MBA was founded in 1889 and represents 95% of Minnesota’s chartered banks. The MBA is proud to support our member banks as they work to ensure vital communities throughout the state. For more information, please visit our website at

Citizens Bank Minnesota employees donate $3,000.00 worth of gifts to 6 families in need.

Citizens Bank Minnesota employees were excited to help 6 families in need this Holiday Season. Our main office in New Ulm as well as our three branch locations in Lafayette, La Salle and Lakeville each adopted area families as well as delivered needed supplies to the Crisis Nursery. Money was donated by employees, raised through bake sales and free-will donation luncheons, and a bank match was given making it possible to donate $3,000.00 in gifts for these families.

We were happy to help these families who would have had an otherwise difficult time purchasing the needed items themselves. It was also a great way to remember what the Holidays are truly all about!

Citizens For Citizens

2017 Citizens For Citizens

Some of the employee team members of Citizens For Citizens.

The employees of Citizens Bank Minnesota take great pride in volunteerism and helping our neighbors within the community. We have been active in this effort for many years and through evolution and change, we are now Citizens for Citizens. By having a variety of fundraisers during the year, we will be able to donate all proceeds to several non-profits/charities in and around the communities we serve. This year they include the Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery, NUMAS Haus, Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation and Relay for Life. Our Lafayette branch is donating proceeds to the Lafayette Area Ambulance, our La Salle branch is donating to the Watonwan County Backpack program, and our Lakeville branch is donating to PawPads. Our fundraisers include pot lucks, an employee silent auction, a crafters’ weekend and a 5K walk/run, among others. Our hope is to impact the lives of our neighbors in some way through these efforts.

By: Barb Marti, Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

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