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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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

Wear, Jennifer

 

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

 

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