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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.

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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.

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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.

Teach Children To Save – 2019

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Jefferson Elementary 2nd graders made this awesome ‘thank you’ poster for us!

Citizens Bank Minnesota is a proud participant of National Teach Children to Save (TCTS). TCTS is an opportunity to foster relationships in our communities, while giving young people the tools and inspiration for a successful financial future.

This year several Citizens employees visited 908-second grade students in eleven schools to talk about saving money. We discussed the importance of saving, how interest is earned, the safety of saving in a bank, and how to earn money to save for important items in the future. The presentation includes a saving activity, which is a good visual, interactive way to illustrate the benefits of saving at a bank.

Citizens offers a great youth savings account, WooHoo! U!  This account is a tiered savings account that starts with a rate of 3.04% APY!

LEARN MORE about this youth savings account on our website here: WooHoo! U

If you are interested in opening a savings account for your child or grandchild at Citizens, please stop in to talk with one of our Client Service Representatives today!

By Lori Dummer, Marketing Assistant

Citizens Bank Minnesota’s Awards Eight Scholarships to High School Students

Citizens Bank Minnesota is proud to support the youth of our communities by awarding scholarships to area students. This year marks the nineteenth year of the program! These scholarships are part of the Community Bankers Scholarship Program TM and 8 students were awarded the annual Citizens Bank Minnesota scholarship.

Amber Adelman, a graduate of Lakeville South, Faith Bergeman, a graduate of Madelia High School, and Hannah Blumhoefer, a graduate of New Ulm Public High School were recently presented with a $1,000.00 scholarship that is renewable for a potential value of $4,000.00 over four years of post-secondary education.

Elle Cooper, a graduate of New Ulm Public High School, Johanna Stelljes, a graduate of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, and Jennifer Wear, a graduate of Sibley East High School were the recipients of a $1,000.00 scholarship.

Taylor Forstner, a graduate of New Ulm Public High School and Connor Schaper, a graduate of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School were the recipients of a $500.00 scholarship.

Citizens awards eight scholarships to customers graduating from high school. Applicants must be high school seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two year or four year college in the fall following graduation. Scholarships are available to Citizens Bank Minnesota’s customers who complete the online educational banking videos and have a Citizens checking account. Citizens is proud to invest in their futures by promoting education and excellence.

 

Amber, daughter of Judi Adelman and Duane Adelman, will be attending Northeastern University this fall, pursuing a degree in economics.

 

 

 

 

 

Faith, daughter of Melissa Bergeman and Eric Gunderson, will be attending the College of Saint Benedict this fall, pursuing a degree in nursing or pre-med.

 

 

 

 

Hannah, daughter of Scott and Shelly Blumhoefer, will be attending Iowa State University this fall, pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

 

 

 

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Elle, daughter of Brigette and Scott Cooper, will be attending the University of Wisconsin, Madison this fall, pursuing a degree in engineering.

 

 

 

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Johanna, daughter of Ross and Laura Stelljes, will be attending the University of North Dakota this fall, pursuing a degree in commercial aviation.

 

 

 

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Jennifer, daughter of Tom and Renee Wear, will be attending Iowa State University this fall, pursuing a degree in agribusiness.

 

 

 

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Taylor, daughter of Kevin and Jodi Forstner, will be attending Minnesota State University, Mankato this fall, pursuing a degree in biology-dentistry.

 

 

 

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Connor, son of Patricia and Blake Schaper, will be attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities this fall, pursuing a degree in biological sciences.

 

 

 

 

For more information about the scholarship visit: www.citizensmn.bank/personal/scholarship

By Lori Dummer, Marketing Assistant/Scholarship Coordinator

 

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.

Top 10 Reasons to WooHoo! With Citizens

Citizens is the home of WooHoo! Banking® and ultimate service. We have the best products and services to fit your banking needs! Watch our latest video and you’ll see why you’ll want to WooHoo! with us too!

For more information visit us at: http://www.citizensmn.bank

CITIZENS BANK MINNESOTA HONORED FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

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 www.minnbankers.com.

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