Citizens Travels to Alaska

A group of 40 travelers from Citizens Bank Minnesota recently returned from a 12-day Alaskan Denali Explorer Trip.  Alaska’s awesome beauty isn’t confined to its interior – but extends along the 1,000 mile-long coastal waterway known as the Inside Passage.  Their journey began in Vancouver, Canada where the group boarded the Island Princess Cruise Ship for seven days and cruised north through the Inside Passage stopping in Icy Straight Point, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and College Fjord National Parks.  In Whitter they boarded a deluxe train for a scenic ride to the south rim of Denali National Park. For the next four days they enjoyed touring the beautiful interior of Alaska including the little village of Talkeetna and Denali National Park.  While in Denali, the group experienced Summer Solstice Celebration with 24 hours of sun.  The trip concluded in Fairbanks with a sternwheeler river cruise.  The group enjoyed wonderful weather while viewing some of the world’s most beautiful scenery.

Our 2019 trip is Australia / New Zealand.  There is limited ship availability.  Please call or email Jean at 507-276-2406 / gwiz.jean@gmail.com or Lori at 507-354-3165 / ldummer@citizensmn.com if you would like information.

Why WooHoo! U?

WooHoo UCitizens Bank Minnesota knows that banking experience at an early age can shape a young person’s financial identity, attitudes and habits in a way that can last a lifetime. Kids learn many things in school, but usually personal finance is not one of them. That responsibility falls on the parents/guardians. Citizens is here to help!

WooHoo! U is a tiered savings account that earns 3.04% APY on balances up to $4,999.99. With WooHoo! U, youth savers will earn a great interest rate and develop sound saving habits. You can learn more by visiting our website at: www.citizensmn.bank/personal/savings-and-cds

Stop in to talk with one of our Client Service Representatives and open your account today!

2018 Citizens Scholarship Winners

Jordan Golberg, a Lakeville North High School graduate, and Truman Pippert, a graduate of New Ulm Cathedral High School, were recently presented with the Citizens Bank Minnesota’s eighteenth annual scholarship awards.  These scholarships are part of the Community Bankers Scholarship Program TM.  Both of these students received a $1,000.00 scholarship that is renewable for a potential value of $4,000.00 over four years of post-secondary education.

Hayden Fischer, a graduate of Lakeville South High School, and Jacob Radloff, a graduate of New Ulm High School, were the recipients of a $500.00 Citizens Bank Minnesota scholarship.  The scholarships are offered through a random drawing to graduating high school seniors from the New Ulm and Lakeville area who have completed the Citizens Real Life Skillz online classes.

Each year, Citizens awards two or more high school seniors with scholarships. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors, have an active Citizens checking account and complete Citizens financial literacy courses. The scholarship program was developed to support our belief in the youth and their potential to make a difference in our community. Citizens is proud to invest in their futures by promoting education and excellence.

golberg-jordan.jpgJordan, son of Brad and Susan Golberg, will be attending Iowa State University this fall, pursuing a degree in engineering.

pippert-truman.jpgTruman, son of Chris and Tami Pippert, will be attending Creighton University this fall, pursuing a degree in business & dentistry.

Fischer, HaydenHayden, son of Jodi Fischer and Ryan Fischer, will be attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities this fall, pursuing a degree in engineering.

Radloff, JacobJacob, son of Doug and Patricia Radloff, will be attending South Dakota State University, Brookings this coming fall, pursuing a degree in agricultural engineering.

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

By: Lori Dummer, Marketing Assistant/Youth Club Coordinator

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!

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Citizens Referral Promotion

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Starting April 2, 2018 through December 31, 2018, Citizens Bank Minnesota clients will receive their choice of a Citizens 1/4 zip shirt OR $25 Cash when they refer a friend* to open one of the following accounts:

WooHoo! Checking – An Account That Will Make Your Piggy Bank Jealous!

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Make My Life Easy Checking – The Right Amount Of Checking For Your Everyday Needs!

*By referring your friend, you are acknowledging that the recipient will be aware that you are a client of Citizens Bank Minnesota. A 1099 will be issued for cash received. Offer only valid for WooHoo! Checking, WooHoo! Simple and Make My Life Easy Checking. One reward per household. Promotion subject to change. This promotion runs from April 2 – December 31, 2018. Member FDIC

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Types of IRA’s for Children

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There are two different types of IRAs that are suitable for children: traditional and Roth. The primary difference between traditional and Roth IRAs is when you pay taxes on the money that you contribute to the plan. With a traditional IRA, you pay taxes when you withdraw the money during retirement (at your then-applicable tax rate). A traditional IRA contains pre-tax earnings. With a Roth IRA, you pay taxes when you put the money into the account, so it contains earnings after tax.

The money grows tax free while it’s in either a traditional or Roth IRA. But the benefit of a Roth is that when the child withdraws the money many decades from now, he or she won’t have to pay income tax on it. What’s more, there are no required minimum distributions (RMDs) on the money. Of course, these rules may change in the next 40 years, but that’s where they are now.

If you claim your child as a dependent, he may be required to file an income tax return of his own if his income exceeds a certain amount set by the IRS ($6,300 for 2017). If your child earns less than this amount, she is likely in a 0% income tax bracket and she probably won’t benefit from the up-front tax deduction associated with traditional IRAs.

Because many kids don’t earn enough money to benefit from the up-front tax deduction associated with traditional IRAs, it makes sense in most cases to focus on Roth IRAs. In general, the Roth IRA is the IRA of choice for minors who have limited income and who, therefore, would not benefit from a deductible traditional IRA.

Starting an IRA for your child can be a wonderful thing. At their young age, compounding kicks into high gear due to the long time horizon. And usually they will be in a low, or even zero tax bracket so the Roth is normally the best choice.

If a child keeps [a Roth] until age 59-1/2 (under today’s rules), any withdrawal will be tax free. In retirement, he or she would likely be in a much higher bracket, so  would effectively be keeping more of his or her money.

Benefits of IRAs for Kids

A single $1,000 IRA contribution made at age 10, for example, could grow to $11,467 over 50 years, assuming a conservative 5% average annual growth rate. Contribute $50 each month, and the account might grow to $137,076 (with the initial $1,000 contribution and the same hypothetical growth rate of 5%). Or double the contribution to $100 each month and the account could reach $262,685. As children make more money and eventually become adult earners, their annual contributions are likely to be higher, and the IRA could grow correspondingly. Setting aside money each month or year for an IRA – even if the contributions are small – helps your child develop awareness and healthy financial habits.

Another benefit of IRAs is that your child may be able to tap into the account for qualified higher education expenses and up to $10,000 towards a down payment on a first home without penalty. With a Roth IRA, you can withdraw any contributions, but not the investment earnings, for any reason without tax or penalty.

Information courtesy of: Investopedia.com

Visit www.citizensmn.bank or contact Citizens Bank Minnesota at 507-354-3165 to find out more information about the great rates we offer on our IRA CD’s!  The future starts NOW!

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