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A Glance Back and an Exciting Look Ahead at Citizens Bank Minnesota

Hello everyone!

2020…wow…probably one of the strangest, most unpredictable years in many of our lifetimes. Some of the past years unfortunate events will carry over to 2021, but I am optimistic the future is brighter. 

Even with all of the distractions brought upon us, Citizens Bank Minnesota had a very good year. The acquisition of Farmers State Bank of Watkins and Farmers State Agency of Watkins occurred in April, adding another location with highly qualified staff members to assist with any of your banking needs. Our mortgage department has been very busy assisting clients with purchases and mortgage refinances, and our commercial lenders have been working diligently in administering loans through the Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program (SBA-PPP).

2021 is going to be another year of growth for the bank – WooHoo! Growth continues to be a high priority for Citizens. As we were extremely excited to welcome the very talented staff from Farmers State Bank of Watkins, we were equally excited to welcome the new staff from the State Bank of Ormsby on January 25th! We continue to be committed to you by increasing locations to serve you, expand staff in key areas to deliver the ‘Ultimate Experience’ and by giving back to our communities through volunteering and donations. The second round of the SBA-PPP loan program was approved a few weeks ago and we encourage all of our commercial and agricultural clients to look into this program and to contact one of our lenders for assistance. Our mission is to help our communities!

The strong bank performance last year and continuing into 2021 could not have happened without the hard work and effort put forth by our staff. This group of employees is extremely talented and have demonstrated their talents this past year more than ever. I truly believe the incredible guidance from our Board of Directors, combined with our staff, insures 2021 will be a great year!

I wish all of you a safe and prosperous year. I hope we all can get out and support our local restaurants and entertainment businesses as things possibly return to a new normal. Thank you for your continued support.

Take care ~ Mark Denn, President/CEO

Citizens Bank Minnesota and its employees donate $3000.00 worth of gifts to area families and organizations in need.

Citizens Bank Minnesota and its employees were excited to help organizations and families in need this Holiday Season. Our Main Office in New Ulm partnered with Brown County Family Services through their “Adopt a Family” program to help an area family in need by purchasing gifts and other items they needed.  Our Watkins Branch was able to help purchase gifts to help a family in their area.  Our Lafayette Branch was able to purchase gift cards for teachers at the Lafayette Charter School as well as donate snacks to the workers at the Good Samaritan Center and The Lodge in Winthrop.  Our La Salle Branch was able to purchase gift cards for 5 elderly individuals in need. Our Lakeville Branch partnered with their upstairs tenant, David Charlez Design to raise money for 360 Communities. Money was donated by employees, raised through a variety of internal fundraising events throughout our locations, and a bank match was given making it possible to donate $3000.00 in gifts for these families and organizations.

We were happy to help these organizations as well as 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!

Operation: Stop The Spread!

September is the Minnesota Bankers Association’s Community Impact Month, and Citizens Bank Minnesota is once again proud to be participating!

This year we are focusing our efforts on “Stopping the Spread” and collecting items needed in schools to protect students and staff from COVID-19. 

If you are interested in donating, the following items are needed in classrooms:

  • Adult cloth masks or face shields
  • Youth cloth masks or face shields
  • White paper towels
  • Latex gloves, size Large & X-Large
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer

Monetary donations will also be accepted and used to purchase needed supplies.

Donations can be dropped off September 1st – 18th at any of our Citizens locations and the items will be distributed at our area schools.

Thank you for your support!

#BanksBuildMN

Important Information Regarding COVID-19

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 4:00 PM, our New Ulm and Lakeville lobbies will be closed until further notice. Admittance will be by appointment only. Drive-up and walk-up services will operate with normal hours.

New Ulm – 800-549-0194

Drive-Up hours: Monday – Friday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Saturday: 8:00 AM – Noon

Lakeville – 952-469-1919

Drive-Up hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Saturday: 9:00 AM – Noon.

Lafayette & La Salle offices will have limited lobby services. Please call for an appointment.

Lafayette – 800-459-7563

La Salle – 877-308-9546

Amid ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus COVID-19, Citizens Bank Minnesota is closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health. We wanted to reach out and share a few of the ways we are here to serve you, our customer, during this time.
Putting our Customers First: As always, our focus is the safety and well-being of our customers, employees and the communities we serve. Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted. We stand ready to work with those experiencing financial difficulty as a result, and we are taking the necessary steps to avoid potential disruptions of service to our customers.
Precautions: We are working diligently to take precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With that in mind, Citizens has enhanced precautions to help promote customer and staff safety:

  1. Consulting our Business Continuity Plan and following pre-planned procedures. Our critical systems and staff that are essential to day-to-day operations are set-up to work remotely and securely in the event on any facility changes. Many non-essential, non-customer facing bank employees are also being asked to work from home.
  2. We are asking customers who desire personal or specific banker services to set up office appointments.
  3. Customers facing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19 should contact us to discuss their individual situation.
  4. Notifying staff that if they have participated in high-risk travel activities in the past seven days or are scheduled for high-risk travel, to communicate with Human Resources to work though necessary precautions.
  5. Canceling all planned staff business travel to non-essential conferences or meetings.

The Citizens Team: We will continue to monitor the situation and take actions to protect our staff while allowing business to be conducted safely at our locations.
To stay up-to-date, enroll in our text club by texting CITIZENSMN to 474747 or visit our Facebook page.
Alternative Banking Options: For your convenience and protection, we encourage you to access your account from home using our digital and telebanking services. We offer Online BankingMobile BankingMobile Deposit, and Telephone Banking. You can also drop off payments in our night deposit boxes.
The United States maintains a world-class payments system. Customers are encouraged to take advantage of their debit and credit cards when making purchases.
Don’t forget – our ATM locations take cash and check deposits.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 1-800-549-0194 or email us at customerservice@citizensmn.com .

Citizens Bank Minnesota’s 6th annual Race 2 Raise 5K

Join us for our 6th annual Race 2 Raise 5K, where all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society!

  • Saturday, May 16, 2020
  • Race day registration closes at 7:30 AM
  • Race begins at 7:45 AM at Citizens Bank Minnesota, 105 North Minnesota Street, New Ulm – back parking lot.
  • Course will use city streets, sidewalks and the Bike Trail System.
  • Race will end at the Mueller Park parking lot.
  • Professional chip-timing provided by Gopher State Events.
  • Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in age groups.
  • All paid participants will receive a technical t-shirt if registered by May 4, 2020.
  • Both walkers and runners are welcome – stroller friendly!
  • Post-race refreshments of bottled water, bananas and freezies will be provided.
  • Enjoy a FREE beverage afterwards at the B&L Bar when you show your race bib (valid only on May 16, 2020)
  • Early registration fee: $27 for adults (18+), $20 for students (ages 6-17), children 5 and under are free.
  • Same day registration fee: $32 for adults (18+), $25 for students (ages 6-17).

Questions? Please email Sarah Seifert at sseifert@citizensmn.com 

REGISTER ONLINE AT: www.tempotickets.com/Race2Raise2020 

DOWNLOAD A PAPER REGISTRATION FORM HERE 

To view the 5K ROUTE, click HERE 

Thank you to our sponsors: Citizens Bank Minnesota, Citizens Agency, Century 21 Red Shoe Realty, Anytime Fitness New Ulm, DLC Manufacturing & Fabrication, The Candyman, Schwartz Design Services LLC, B&L Bar

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”. http://bthelight4someone.org

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! https://www.citizensmn.bank/citizens-way/community-events

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 holds quarterly WooHoo! Workshops to Assist Businesses in the Area

WooHoo! Workshop – Minnesota Wage Theft Law

Citizens Bank Minnesota is supporting community businesses by sponsoring quarterly educational workshops and events that help businesses grow and prosper. 

“We want to be a resource for businesses, to strengthen and fuel their growth and stability.  In our eyes, this will help create jobs, which benefits everyone who lives here,” said Julie Baumgartner, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Citizens.  “This is part of our mission as a true community bank.”

WooHoo! Workshops are free to businesses.  Citizens has already hosted several workshops, including topics such as QuickBooks Basics, Minnesota Wage Theft Law, and a Consulting Café, which featured free consultations with specialists from the Small Business Development Center in Mankato.

The workshops are advertised on the bank’s website, http://www.citizensmn.bank, Facebook and LinkedIn pages, and through e-mail to New Ulm Chamber of Commerce members.  Should you wish to be added to our mailing list, contact Kris Wilfahrt at kwilfahrt@citizensmn.com

Citizens looks forward to you joining us at our next WooHoo! Workshop!

Citizens Bank Minnesota delivers loads of snacks to 4 area organizations

New Ulm Staff with food donations

New Ulm staff with food donations

Lafayette staff with food donations and with Sandy Hartley and Mark Haler

Lafayette staff with food donations

La Salle staff with food donations

La Salle staff with food donations

Lakeville staff with food donations

Lakeville staff with food donations

Did you know approximately 13 million American children are at risk of hunger?  Because of this, Citizens Bank Minnesota chose to collect snacks for children in need in the area for their community snack backpack programs. These snack backpack programs help ensure students in need have access to healthy meals during the weekend and return to school ready to learn.

This effort was in conjunction with the Minnesota Bankers Association’s Community Impact Month.  Across the state, 94 banks and over 458 branches will join forces in September to serve their local communities.  Citizens employees were able to raise $715, which employees used to shop for snacks to donate to four area organizations. Several boxes of snacks were donated by employees and community supporters as well! The organizations donated to include: United Way of Brown County Project Lunch Box, Watonwan County Backpack Program, Lafayette Charter School Food Backpack Program and Kenwood Trail Middle School Snack Pack Program in Lakeville.

Citizens will hold monthly collections throughout the school year, so be on the lookout for future collection dates in your area.

Launched by the Minnesota Bankers Association, the Community Impact Month 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! #BanksBuildMN

To learn more about the area Backpack Snack programs and future collection dates, please visit our website at: www.citizensmn.bank/citizens-way/community-impact

 

 

Help Us Support Local Backpack Snack Programs

backpack

September is Community Impact Month! Launched by the Minnesota Bankers Association, Community Impact Month creates an opportunity for banks to highlight the many volunteer opportunities available to help build stronger local communities.
Citizens Bank Minnesota is taking this one step further and supporting area Backpack Projects throughout the 2019-2020 school year, and we are asking for your support!
Please consider monetary or snack donations for area BackPack Snack Programs. Our first collection dates are September 3 – 6, 2019. For a full list of items needed for each of our locations, visit our website at: http://bit.ly/backpacksnacks  Thank you for your support!

#banksbuildmn #WooHooItsWhatWeDo

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.

CADA

CADA

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

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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.

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