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How To Change Your Online Banking ID

How do I change my Online Banking ID?

  • Log in to your Online Banking, go to the Options tab, and scroll down to “Modify Login Information”.

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  • Enter the Online Banking ID you would like, following the rules provided. Scroll down and click submit.

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And WooHoo!  You’re done!

For more information about Citizens Bank Minnesota’s Online Banking or any of our online services, visit: www.citizensmn.bank/personal/online-services.

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MBA Honors Sharon Nordby for 50 Years of Service

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Sharon Nordby and Citizens Bank Minnesota’s CEO, Lou Geistfeld.

Citizens Bank Minnesota employee, Sharon Nordby, was inducted into the Pioneer Banker Club at the Minnesota Banker’s Association Annual Summit on June 12.

“It is an award of the Minnesota Bankers Association to recognize and honor bankers who spend 50 years or more in the profession of banking in Minnesota,” Director of Education and Communications Eric Hauth said.

Sharon Nordby’s banking career began at Citizens State Bank of New Ulm (now Citizens Bank Minnesota), in New Ulm, MN as a full-time teller on January 15, 1967. She has been a true leader and has been a valuable asset to the bank throughout her many years at Citizens.

Over her years at Citizens, Sharon has seen many changes in the banking industry, made possible mostly by computers and improved technology. When she started in banking, interest and service charges were calculated manually and many ledgers were hand posted. Teller machines did not exist. Tellers doubled as bookkeepers. Checks were couriered to correspondent banks for clearance and manually posted to client’s accounts. The passbook savings rate paid at one time was much greater than the rate paid on any CD today.

In 1989, Sharon was promoted to Operations Officer/Assistant Cashier. Her duties included supervising the teller operations, vault management and security. She also served on the Management Team until her retirement in 2011.

Since July 2011, Sharon has been working on a part-time basis and truly enjoys the part-time position. Her fondest memory is that she met and worked with so many great people over the years along with meeting so many wonderful clients!

Your Resolution, Your Home

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Is purchasing a new home on your list of resolutions and goals for 2018?  We found this helpful article that has some great tips on how you can reach that goal! Full article

And as always, our team of Citizens Mortgage lenders is only a phone call away if you have any housing questions you need answered – 800-549-0194. More information can also be found on our website at: cbnu.mortgagewebcenter.com

 

The Farm Economy

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As the seasons change, so comes another harvest nearing an end. After harvest, many farmers will start to compile their farm records, perform year-end tax planning and plan for the upcoming year. The farm economy has seen its share of challenges and farmers continue to search for ways to remain viable after multiple years of declining profitability.

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Citizens Bank Minnesota is hosting a seminar with nationally known speaker, Dr. Michael Boehlje, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University. He previously held faculty and administrative positions at Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and Oklahoma State University. Dr. Michael Boehlje has devoted his career to helping farm and agribusiness managers and policymakers understand the pragmatic economic and financial consequences of their decisions.

The fundamental focus of his work has been to integrate concepts of economics, finance and strategy to solve problems of farm and agribusiness managers. A major theme of Dr. Michael Boehlje’s research, writing and lecturing for the past 10 years has been the importance of strategic planning and thinking, and positioning the firm for long term viability and success.

The following are a few of his recommendations he calls “Elements of Best in Class”:

1. Intense Cost Control
-Efficiency/productivity is critical
-Know your cost components per unit sold

2. Margin Management
-Know your costs of production
-Know your margins

3. Execution
-Timely operations
-Details, details, details

4. Buying Right
-Compare supplier offers
-Consider repairing rather than replacing

5. Managing Operating Risk
-Technology performance –pest control, fertility effectiveness/loss, seed selection
-Marketing/pricing of inputs and products
-Government programs and crop insurance participation

6. Debt/Capital Management
-Maintain working capital
-Reduce capital expenditures
-Don’t surprise your lender

7. Simplification/Automation
-Complexity creates confusion/mistakes

8. Do Fewer Things Better
-What is your hedgehog –what do you do better than anyone else?
-Focus and intensify

9. Data Management
-Collect efficiently
-Capture the insights
-Think carefully

Citizens understands the uncertainties of agribusiness and can help you plan your operation throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming seminar featuring Dr. Michael Boehlje! Watch for more information about the seminar coming out soon!

By: Scott Tauer, Vice President – Loan Officer

https://ag.purdue.edu/commercialag/Pages/Faculty-Staff/Boehlje.aspx

“THE FARM ECONOMY AND THE FUTURE OF AG LENDING” by Michael Boehlje
Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University and Senior Associate Centrec Consulting. West Lafayette, Indiana, August 7, 2017.

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Citizens Delivers Random Acts of Kindness to 425 People

September 18-22, 2017 was Minnesota Bankers Community Impact Week, in which Citizens Bank Minnesota was a proud participant. Across the state, 95 banks and over 250 branches joined forces to serve their local communities. Citizens chose to split its staff of 94 into 13 teams and perform Random Acts of Kindness throughout the communities they serve. Citizens employees were able to impact 11 organizations and over 425 individuals. Some of the acts performed were providing healthy snacks to Davita Dialysis Center in New Ulm, serving hot dogs to the community in Lafayette and bringing a football jersey along with snacks to a local student who was recently hurt while playing football.
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!

Check out our video to see the businesses and individuals that Citizens impacted this year!

Harvest Safety – Part 2 of 2

TRACTOR AND SUNSETAvoid Harvesting Hazards. Know the drill. Knowing how to identify hazards is only the first step. Once you identify them, you have to learn to manage them safely or avoid them altogether. Stop and think about possible hazards while you’re operating the equipment. Be alert. Ask questions. Here are a few serious harvesting hazards to avoid:
• Avoid entanglement. Every combine or baler gets a plugged intake area occasionally. This area is also known as a pull-in point, and it can grab you in an instant. To avoid entanglement:
− Operate the equipment with care and attention.
− Ensure all protective guards and shields are securely in place.
− Clear plugged equipment only after the power is turned off and the key is in your pocket.
− Don’t overestimate your ability to react – entanglement injuries happen very quickly.
− Decrease the incidence of plugged machines through regular maintenance, late-season
weed control, and by operating during optimal conditions.
− In wet field conditions, wait a few hours or an extra day, if possible, to reduce plugging.
− If you must harvest in marginal conditions, expect crops to plug the equipment and allow extra time to unplug it.

• Don’t slip up. Most people recognize the entanglement hazard. Few realize that many more injuries are related to slips and falls around farm machines. During an average workday, you might have to mount and dismount from the combine dozens of times. The top of an average combine is 12 to 16 feet high. The operator’s platform is usually 6 to 8 feet high. Falls from these heights can cause serious injuries. If you are fatigued or careless, the likelihood of a fall dramatically increases.

Then there’s the slip factor. Ladders and platforms are often painted metal. They’re
slippery in normal conditions – treacherous when wet, muddy, icy or coated in crop
residue.

To prevent painful falls:
− Keep platforms free of tools or other objects.
− Clean ladders, steps and platforms regularly.
− Wear well-fitting, comfortable shoes with non slip soles.
− Use the grab bars when mounting or dismounting.
− Find a stable position from which to refuel or perform maintenance.
− Use three points of contact when getting in or out of machinery – one hand/two feet or
two hands/ one foot.
− Don’t underestimate the impact of fatigue, stress, drugs, alcohol, or age on your stability.

The Last Word
Harvest is a productive time. The pressure may be exhilarating, but it also creates serious stress. This can only mean one thing: an increased risk of injury. To prevent injury and reap the benefits of the harvest you’re working so hard at; take responsibility for your own safety. Injuries happen when you take shortcuts in performing routine tasks, work while mentally or physically fatigued, or fail to follow safety guidelines.

Article Courtesy Of: Fairmont Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

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Citizens Bank Minnesota employees donate $3,052.00 worth of gifts to families in need.

 

Citizens Bank Minnesota's New Ulm main office provided gifts for a local family in need.

Citizens Bank Minnesota's Lafayette staff provided Christmas food boxes for local families in need.

Lafayette staff prepare Christmas food boxes for local families in need.

Citizens Bank Minnesota employees were excited to help families in need this Holiday Season. Our main office in New Ulm as well as two branch locations in La Salle and Lakeville each adopted an area family. Money was donated by employees, raised through a bake sale and free-will donation luncheons, and with a bank match it made it possible to donate $3,052.00 in gifts for these families. We were able to fulfill all the needs the families had, plus more!

Citizens Bank Minnesota, Lafayette Branch, also participated in our Adopt-a-Family project.  Together with the New Ulm Jaycees and guidance from Nick Peterson, an Ag Lender in Lafayette who is involved with the Jaycee’s Christmas Food Basket Project, the Lafayette staff was able to help families in need of food for the Christmas Holiday by collecting money from employees and from fundraising.  With a matching donation from the bank, they were able to assemble 10 Christmas Food Baskets consisting of two boxes full of food, including a large ham.  The Jaycees work with the New Ulm Food shelf and families may sign up if they would like a Christmas Food Basket. The Lafayette staff distributed the baskets and enjoyed seeing the faces of grateful recipients, both young and old.

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!

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