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Citizens Bancorporation of New Ulm, Inc., parent company of Citizens Bank Minnesota, is pleased to announce the following promotions.

Julia Baumgartner, SVP/Chief Operations Officer

Baumgartner joined Citizens in 1991 as a Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2015. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kansas State University with a B.S. degree in Finance as well as a B.A. in Spanish. She is also a graduate of the Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her new role, Baumgartner will be responsible to ensure that the Bank has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place for the day-to-day operation of the Bank.

Tim Hoscheit, SVP/Chief Credit Officer

Hoscheit joined Citizens in 1986 as an Agricultural Loan Officer and was promoted to Vice President in 1991. Hoscheit was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2015. He is a graduate of Western Wisconsin Technical College with an Associate Degree in Finance. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado. In his new role, Hoscheit will be responsible for the review of the Bank’s loan portfolio on a continuing basis while providing support, direction, credit information, and loan policies and procedures to ensure its overall quality.

John Rieser, SVP/Chief Financial Officer

Rieser joined Citizens in December 2010 as an Assistant Vice President, Credit Analyst and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Financial Officer in 2017.  He is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, IA with a B.A. degree in Accounting.  John is currently attending the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will graduate in 2019. In his new role, Rieser will be responsible for all accounting and financial analysis for the Bank, including budgeting, asset/liability management, financial reporting and tax planning.

Scott Tauer, VP/Branch Manager, La Salle

Tauer joined Citizens, La Salle Branch, in June 2010 as an Assistant Vice President, Lending and was promoted to Vice President, Lending in 2015. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato with a B.S. degree in Business Management and a minor in Economics.  Scott has over 15 years of lending experience and specializes in Agricultural lending and Crop Insurance. He is also a 2018 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Pat Brennan, Senior Vice President

Brennan joined Citizens in 1990 as a Commercial and Agricultural Lender and was promoted to Vice President in 1991. He is a graduate of Mankato State University with a Business degree. Pat has 41 years of Agricultural Lending experience including Crop Insurance Sales. He is a graduate of the Minnesota Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School and Agricultural Lending School as well as a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Shirley Laraway, Senior Vice President

Laraway joined Citizens in May 1996 as a Vice President, Mortgage Loan Officer. She is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. degree in Finance and Management. Shirley has 30 plus years of lending experience and specializes in Mortgage Lending.

Kevin Yager, Senior Vice President

Yager joined Citizens, Lafayette Branch, in December 1992 as a Vice President, Agricultural Lender. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.A. degree in Ag Business and Economics. Kevin has 43 years of Agricultural Lending experience including Crop Insurance Sales. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado.

Brant Drill, Vice President

Drill joined Citizens in April 2004 as a Consumer Loan Officer and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Lending in 2005. He is a Graduate of South Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business. He is also a 2013 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jenn Wendorff, Assistant Cashier/Assistant Director of Client Services

Wendorff joined Citizens in June of 2003 as Receptionist. In 2005, she became a Client Service Representative and was promoted to Senior Client Service Representative in 2012. Wendorff was promoted to a Personal Banker in 2018. She has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Rasmussen College.

Mark Denn, Executive Vice President

Mark Denn, recently promoted to Executive Vice President, is now taking on the day-to-day management of the bank. Current bank President, Lou Geistfeld has announced his plans to retire at the end of 2019 at which time Denn will assume those responsibilities.

Citizens Bank Minnesota has its home office in New Ulm and branch offices in Lafayette, Lakeville and La Salle.


MBAThe Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) has recognized 35 Minnesota banks for their community involvement. Banks play a vital role in their communities and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA created the Community Champion recognition program.

Citizens is one of thirty-five Community Champions that worked with several organizations in their communities, providing funding, volunteers, materials, supplies, or food for their neighbors. Citizens’ employees volunteered on behalf of the bank for organizations including American Cancer Society, United Way Day of Caring, Adopt-a-Family, Junior Achievement, National Teach Children to Save Day, local school programs, churches and non-profits. Recipients of the recognition range in size from small community banks to large banks with multiple branches.

In total, these banks donated over $3.9 million to their communities and worked with over 500 organizations in the past year.  These organizations included the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, Feed My Starving Children, local schools, churches, and non-profits.   Over 1,500 employees from these banks dedicated 49,381 hours at a variety of volunteer events or programs in 2018.

MBA President/CEO Joe Witt congratulated the recipients. “As this recognition highlights, Minnesota banks continue to demonstrate an extraordinary level of commitment to the communities they serve,” said Witt. “In addition to providing the capital that helps families and local businesses thrive, the banking industry’s record of supporting local programs is second to none. The MBA is pleased to recognize these 35 banks for their commitment to making a real difference in their local communities.”

The Minnesota Bankers Association is the state’s largest trade association devoted exclusively to the representation of commercial banks. The MBA was founded in 1889 and represents 95% of Minnesota’s chartered banks. The MBA is proud to support our member banks as they work to ensure vital communities throughout the state. For more information, please visit our website at

First Three Complete Citizens Leadership Academy

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2017-2018 Citizens Bank Minnesota Leadership Academy Graduates

Citizens Bank Minnesota is pleased to announce that Melissa Bergeman, Lisa Reinarts and Jenn Wendorff recently completed Citizens Leadership Academy (CLA).  The CLA is an internal two-year program that was developed to grow leadership skills of staff members to prepare them to take on bigger roles in the organization as opportunities arise.  The two-year program focuses on personal and professional growth.   The bank looks for individuals who not only have a commitment to Citizens, but also have a desire to achieve extraordinary accomplishments through a leadership role.   Bergeman is a dedicated Citizens employee of 9 years and her current role is Citizens Connection Manager. She graduated cum laude from Minnesota State University Mankato earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Communication with minors in Technical Writing and Interdisciplinary Communications. Bergeman lives in Madelia with her daughter Faith.  Reinarts is a dedicated Citizens employee of 10 years and her current role is Assistant Operations Manager. She graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Management with minors in Accounting and Business Administration. Reinarts lives in Courtland with her husband Brandon and their sons Keagan and Kellan.  Wendorff is a dedicated Citizens employee of 15 years and her current role is Personal Banker. She is a graduate from Rasmussen College, earning an Associate Degree in Business. Wendorff lives in New Ulm with her husband Dustin and their children Makenna and Brody.   Citizens currently has 14 staff members in Leadership Development Programs who will complete their programs at year end 2019 and 2020.

WooHoo! We’re awarding $8,000 in Scholarships!

Graudating High School Seniors - check out the 2019 Citizens Bank Minnesota Scholarship

Graduating High School Seniors – check out the 2019 Citizens Bank Minnesota Scholarship!

We now offer 6 Scholarships!

  • 1-$1,000 Renewable up to three years
  • 3-$1,000 One time scholarships
  • 2-$500 One time scholarships

We’ve made the process of applying easier!  Simply watch two short, informative videos and answer a questionnaire for each. When the applications become available in February, if you meet the requirements, we’ll email you the application.

Visit for all the details or email Lori with any questions you may have at:

By Lori Dummer, Scholarship Coordinator

Protect Your Identity with Deluxe Provent Identity Theft Protection from EZShield


Citizens Bank Minnesota and Deluxe Provent/EZShield are pleased to offer you Identity Theft Protection service! Check out this short video to see how EZShield protection can help you stay secure: EZShield Identity Theft Protection

Every year millions of consumers are affected by identity theft. It costs a great deal of time and money to restore your identity. Criminals continually find ways to steal your personal information and perpetrate fraud. But now you can do something to help protect yourself.

You can also learn more about Deluxe Provent Identity Theft Protection from EZShield on our website at:

Tips For Securing Your Social Media Accounts

cyber security awareness logoOctober is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which highlights the importance of cybersecurity and online safety.

One of the biggest online presence that today’s society has is on social media platforms. Because they are being linked to an increasing number of applications on phones and other devices, it becomes even more necessary to secure them.

Securing your personal social media accounts

The different social media platforms have security features that you should take advantage of. Here are some tips for keeping your accounts secure:

  • Close the accounts that you’re not using. Forgotten social media accounts may be compromised without being noticed. Hackers can leverage these and access other accounts linked to it, like your email.
  • Check what apps are connected to your social media. Do you use Facebook or Google to sign in for any other applications? Assess if this type of access is necessary.
  • Practice good password hygiene. Use different passwords for your social media accounts, and also make sure each password is complex and unusual. Enabling 2-factor authentication can prevent unauthorized parties from accessing your accounts.
  • Keep your mobile apps updated. Make sure you have the latest version of the platform you’re using. Security patches protect you from the newest known threats.
  • Use a unique email for your social media accounts. If possible, create a whole new email specifically for social media accounts so that if you are compromised, the hackers won’t have access to any valuable information.

Securing corporate accounts

Social media is also used as the public face of enterprises or even entrepreneurs who use it as an advertising tool or an avenue to establish their brand. Hackers sometimes take over a company’s social media to promote their own brand, gain followers, or even spread a specific message. This form of hacktivism is an ongoing problem, especially with Twitter accounts.

Here are some tips to keep corporate social media accounts secure:

  • Monitor your social media regularly—keep an eye on what’s happening on all your social media platforms.
  • Limit access to only the necessary people—the fewer people with access, the better. This makes it easier to control the posts and avoid any deliberate sabotage.
  • Separate what is personal and what is professional—you don’t want to accidentally post something personal on a corporate account.
  • Audit which tools have access to your accounts—regulate tools that help with posting since they might be vulnerable to attacks.
  • Be aware of the latest security solutions—some platforms might be moving away from passwords soon, or they may be implementing a new security feature that you may want to implement.
  • Like all users, practice good password hygiene and also implement strict policies about patching and updating.


Protect Your Citizens Bank Minnesota Debit Card With The MyCardRules App

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The power to protect your Citizens Bank Minnesota Debit Card is in the palm of your hand!

Download this FREE mobile app that allows you to conveniently control when, where and how your Debit Card can be used!

  • Turn your cards off and on: Misplaced your card? Turn it off until you find it!
  • Get instant alerts: Receive alerts based on the rules you set.
  • Control where and how your Debit Card can be used: Out shopping or on vacation? Set the card to work only where you are!
  • Plus much more!

How to set up MyCardRules:

Download the app in the Apple or Google Play store

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Choose New User and enter in your card number:

MCR1    MCR2

MCR3Enter security code, zip code, and expiration date and accept MyCardRules Terms and condition and privacy policy:





Enter email address, password, re-enter password, and user full name, then next.

Password: 8-12 characters in length, with at least one number and one letter.

And you should be all set! You now have control over when, where and how your Citizens Bank Minnesota debit card can be used!

Contact Citizens at 800-549-0194 if you have any questions and we’d be happy to help!

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