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Hoffman Promoted to Branch Manager

Citizens Bank Minnesota, Lafayette Branch, is pleased to announce that Colin Hoffman has been promoted to Branch Manager. Hoffman joined Citizens as an Intern in the summer of 2018, where he shadowed every department within the bank. In 2019, he accepted a position as a Client Service Representative in Lakeville and was promoted to Loan Processor/Administrative Assistant in 2020. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance. Outside of banking, Colin has been an active member in the operation of his family farm the past 10+ years and will be a member of the Tomahawk Amateur Baseball League.

Anderson Promoted to Branch Manager

Citizens Bank Minnesota is pleased to announce Nicole Anderson has been promoted to Branch Manager for their newly acquired Ormsby Branch. Anderson joined Citizens, La Salle Branch, in 2011 as a Client Service Representative. She later took the position for Loan Processor/Administrative Assistant in 2016. In 2019, she completed Personal Banker training and graduated from Citizens Leadership Academy, a two-year internal program focused on personal and professional growth. Outside of the bank, Nicole helps out with the St. James Dance Team program as Assistant Coach and is a current member of the Women’s Forum. Nicole and her husband Tom live south of St. James on the family farm.

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

Paycheck Protection Program 2021

The SBA reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers with enhanced guidelines.

If you are interested in this new opportunity for PPP funds, we encourage you to prepare for the various loans and programs for which you are eligible. We will provide guidance on how to apply for these programs through Citizens’ PPP Webpage. The program did have multiple changes last year and we will publish the up-to-date standard operating procedures as they become available. We have the current applications and requirements needed on the documentation checklist.

A high level summary of changes to the PPP Program:

1.    The SBA reopened the “First Draw” PPP program with more funding. This is only open to borrowers that did not receive an initial PPP loan in 2020.
2.    SBA has created and opened a “Second Draw” PPP program. This program has slightly different rules than “First Draw” PPP loans. It is targeted to borrowers that had a gross revenue reduction of 25% or greater in any quarter in 2020 versus the same quarter of 2019.
3.    Self-employed farmers may calculate their loan amount using gross farm income instead of net income on their Schedule F up to $100,000.00.
4.    There will be a simplified forgiveness for loans less than $150,000.00. There is also an expansion of eligible expenses for which a client can use the PPP funds.

We look forward in helping you process your completed PPP application in a timely manner! If you have any questions, please give us a call at 800-549-0194.

Citizens Bank Minnesota Lending Team

#BanksNeverAskThat

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. To coincide with this, the American Bankers Association (ABA) has launched a #BanksNeverAskThat antiphishing campaign to help Americans keep their bank accounts safe!

Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank. The ABA wants to help change that by raising awareness among banks and their customers of best practices for phishing defense.

Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/citizensmn and watch for multiple posts throughout the month to help you become a pro at spotting fraud. You’ll even have a chance to win weekly prizes courtesy of the ABA! Get tips and tricks to spot scams with the #BanksNeverAskThat quiz: bit.ly/2Dt8bCD

CARES Act Loans Program Update

Citizens Bank Minnesota continues to process Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for those businesses that qualify and have not yet taken advantage of the program. So far Citizens has helped over 250 businesses with PPP loans to help their employees. Click HERE to visit our website for additional information on applying.

Also, the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) has re-opened, with funds currently available only to agriculture businesses with 500 employees or less.

Those interested may apply for a loan of up to $2 million, and at the end of the application form, applicants can request an advance of up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee). The advance will be provided just days after the application has been submitted. The advance amount received doesn’t have to be repaid, even if you ultimately don’t qualify or decide to withdraw your EIDL application.

One important note is the amount of any EIDL advance received will be subtracted from the forgivable portion of PPP funds provided to the same applicant.
Unlike applying for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which requires applicants to work with their lender, clients must directly apply for an EIDL through the SBA.To learn more or apply for an EIDL, visit the SBA website at: sba.gov/disaster .

CARES Act – SBA Loan Assistance Information

**Please Note: The PPP application was updated late on 4-2-20. The updated link to the application, as well as an updated documentation link is listed below.

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. The CARES Act Loan Guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of the SBA.

How can we help?

Paycheck Protection Program

Citizens Bank Minnesota will be processing and approving your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications. To be efficient, we will be accepting applications and documentation HERE.

Important Links:

**PPP Application – There were changes made to the application on 4-2-20. Updated link is listed below.

Application

Documentation List – If you have submitted these items to Citizens Bank Minnesota previously, we will provide them for you. If you have not submitted them to Citizens Bank Minnesota, they are required to complete the application.

Calculator

Regulations for the Payroll Protection Program

All PPP forms available HERE.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Grant

To apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Emergency Economic Injury Grant, the application can be found at: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/ (This application does NOT go through Citizens Bank Minnesota.)

Here is a list of documents that you will need to provide to complete the application:

If you would like, we can send you the documents in a secure email.
For the fastest help with the application, watch the training, download the slide deck, or access these step-by-step instructions.

Let us know if you have any questions – we are here for you!
Citizens Bank Minnesota Lending Team

Questions? Please give us a call at 800-549-0194.

Citizens Bank Minnesota acquires Farmers State Bank of Watkins

Citizens Bank Minnesota is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to acquire Farmers State Bank of Watkins, located in Watkins MN.  Farmers State Bank will merge with and into Citizens Bank Minnesota. In addition to the Bank merger, Citizens Bancorporation of New Ulm, Inc., parent company of Citizens Bank Minnesota, has entered into an agreement to purchase Farmers State Agency of Watkins, Inc., an insurance agency.  An April 18, 2020 closing date is expected for both acquisitions.  

Citizens Bank Minnesota is community-owned and operated with over 144 years of strength and stability.  Being chartered in 1876, it is one of the oldest banks in Minnesota with total assets of $430 Million.  Citizens main office is located in New Ulm, with branch offices in Lafayette, La Salle and Lakeville, Minnesota.  

Citizens Agency is an independent insurance agency representing more than 20 companies with a full-line of insurance products and services. 

Citizens is well known for its energetic community involvement and support for growth and success in the areas it serves.  The bank takes pride in being community-owned with stock widely held by residents of the area.  Bauer Financial, an independent bank research firm, has consistently rated Citizens a 5-Star institution for the past 30 years.  In 2019 Citizens was named New Ulm’s Large business of the year and New Ulm Journal’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Financial Institution.  For more information, we encourage you to visit www.citizensmn.bank

Farmers State Bank of Watkins was founded in 1914 and has been providing financial services to the town of Watkins and the surrounding area for over 100 years.  The existing staff of Farmers State Bank of Watkins and Agency will continue providing the same quality service for clients, with added benefits of Citizens WooHoo! Banking products, enhanced technology and more to come. “We are excited to be joining with Citizens and believe the transaction will enhance our ability to serve the banking needs of our Watkins customers,” said David Neisen, President of Farmers State Bank of Watkins. 

 “We are excited for Watkins to join the Citizens team and believe they will be a great fit with our culture, which is essential to our continued success,” said Mark Denn, President and CEO of Citizens Bank Minnesota.  “All of ourlocations are high performing and committed to the customers and communities they serve.  We are honored for this opportunity and ready to move forward together and have some fun.”

Dustan Cross, Chairman of Citizens Board of Directors states, “The Board of Directors and the shareholders are proud of the hard work and due diligence undertaken by our Bank’s management team to bring this merger together.  We believe this acquisition will continue our Bank’s long-term strategic goal of smart and sustainable growth to ensure that Citizens Bank Minnesota remains a premier source of financing and other products for all of its customers.” 

Citizens looks forward to serving the Watkins community!

Don't Let Your Banking Be Disrupted! Citizens Is Here For You!

Our lobbies may be temporarily closed, but we are all still here for you! We have employees working at all of our locations and can see you by appointment. Just give us a call to set one up!

  • New Ulm: 800-549-0194
  • Lafayette: 800-459-7563
  • La Salle: 877-308-9546
  • Lakeville: 952-469-1919

And don’t forget – our drive-up and walk-up services in New Ulm and Lakeville are open with regular hours.

  • New Ulm: Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Saturday – 8:00 AM – Noon.
  • Lakeville: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Saturday – 9:00 AM – Noon.

We have the tools that allow you to bank from home!

Online & Mobile Banking: You can do your banking anytime and from anywhere! Click here to learn more about Online Banking, and here to learn more about Mobile Banking.

ATM Deposits: Our ATMs in New Ulm and Lakeville are very user-friendly and have some great features!

  • Accepts cash AND check deposits
  • Deposits after 2:30 PM will be posted next day
  • Open 24/7!

Telephone Banking: With our CitizensOn-Call Telephone Banking Service, your accounts are accessible anytime, day or night. All you need is a telephone. Click here for more information about this service.

WooHoo! Text Club: Want to stay up-to-date on the latest notices, event information, updates, alerts and announcements from Citizens? Simply text CITIZENSMN to 474747 and fill out the form to opt in!  ZERO spam and NEVER shared! *Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel at any time.

Please remember: Banks are the safest place to keep your money. We may have temporarily closed our lobbies, but your deposits remain safe at our bank, as does your access to your funds. You can find more information regarding this here.

For the most up-to-date information regarding Citizens and COVID-19, please visit our website at: https://www.citizensmn.bank/ask-us/covid-19-information

WooHoo! Citizens Is The Bank For You!

Where you can you get Ultimate products, service and experience? At Citizens Bank Minnesota of course! We’re the home of “WooHoo! Banking” and we have everything you need in a bank. As you can see from our latest video, we’re pretty sure that if we were you, we’d want to bank with Citizens too!

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