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Harvest 2020

As an eventful, and often times stressful, 2020 crop season comes to an end with the pandemic and Covid-19 occurring in our world, it appears the harvest season is going extremely well with excellent harvest conditions.

  • Farm Safety
    • Please check to make sure all safety equipment (i.e. safety shields, fire extinguishers, etc.), are in place and in working order.
    • Be especially careful and diligent around any moving equipment and/or parts. Don’t assume anything as things happen faster than we expect.
    • Make sure to use your flashers and be aware of your surroundings.
    • Wear protective and reflective clothing.
    • When working around and in grain bins, use appropriate safety equipment and if at all possible, have a second person around in case of an emergency.
  • Crop Insurance
    • Be aware of your crop insurance coverage and contact your agent as quickly as possible after harvest to turn in yields in case of a claim.
    • Crop insurance yield claims need to be filed within 10 days of harvest completion.
    • Please keep load records of your yields for each farm and mark your bins if you are comingling production from several farm units.
  • Farm Finances
    • Did you have a marketing plan built into your 2020 cash flow projection and are you adhering to it?
    • Do you remember/know your break-even commodity prices from the cash flow completed this past year with your lender?
    • Should you be meeting with your lender to review your spring cash flow plan to see how it relates to current marketing opportunities?
    • Have you signed up for round 2 of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (C-FAP 2) which had a beginning signup date of September 21, 2020 and runs through December 11, 2020? Note, C-FAP 2 has expanded coverage for additional agricultural commodities so make sure and review C-FAP 2.
    • USDA has announced that dairy margin coverage program enrollment for 2021 opened up as of October 13, 2020. (DMC program).
    • USDA has announced that October 30, 2020 is the deadline to sign up for the WHIP+ program which stands for Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program as a result from the 2018 and 2019 losses due to hurricanes, floods, snow storms, tornados, typhoons and excessive moistures that occurred during those calendar years.
    • If you utilize an operating line of credit, does your 2020 line of credit have enough availability to cover your expected fall expenses.
    • If there are expected 2020 prepaid expenses being purchased as part of your year end, do you have a 2020 operating line of credit in place?
    • If you are expecting to seal your grain and potentially utilize the FSA CCC loan program, please notify and consult with your operating lender prior to doing so.
    • Do you have a capital replacement plan or budget?
    • Do you, as a farm business, have scheduled anticipated capital improvements and purchases built into your cash flow?

2020 has been an interesting and challenging year considering the Coronavirus that has taken the world by storm. To date, we have had outstanding fall harvesting conditions which has accelerated harvest with the number of farm units completing harvest at this time with average to above yields and improved prices.

From all of us at Citizens Bank Minnesota, we wish you a continued safe and prosperous harvest!

By: Duane J. Laffrenzen, Vice President

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#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

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!

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2020 Citizens Bank Minnesota Scholarship Recipients

Citizens Bank Minnesota is proud to support the youth of our communities by awarding scholarships to area students. This year marks the twentieth year of the program! These scholarships are part of the Community Bankers Scholarship Program TM and 6 students were awarded the annual Citizens Bank Minnesota scholarship.

Anna Sekerak, a graduate of Lakeville North High School was recently awarded with a $1,000.00 scholarship that is renewable for a potential value of $4,000.00 over four years of post-secondary education.

Rachel Hohensee, a graduate of New Ulm Public High School, Emily Stevensen, a graduate of Madelia High School, and Anson Tiong, a graduate of Lakeville South High School were the recipients of a $1,000.00 scholarship. 

Kincaid Diersen, a graduate of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School and Lauren Mages, a graduate of New Ulm High School were the recipients of a $500.00 scholarship.

Citizens awards six 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.

Anna, daughter of Cara and Raymond Sekerak, will be attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities this fall, pursuing a degree in pre-med/genetics, developmental and cell biology.

Rachel, daughter of Mary and Jeff Hohensee, will be attending the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse this fall, pursuing a degree in bio-medical science.

Emily, daughter of Nichole Perrine and Chuck Stevensen, will be attending Bemidji State University this fall, pursuing a degree in social work.

Anson, son of Zhifang Liu and Taihoom Tiong, will be attending the University of California – Berkeley, this fall, pursuing a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.

Kincaid, son of Greg and Kelly Diersen, will be attending Marin Luther College this fall, pursuing a degree in education, biology and chemistry.

Lauren, daughter of Jeremy and Kari Mages, will be attending the University of Sioux Falls this fall, pursuing a degree in nursing.

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

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!

Emergency Loan Program Applications Being Accepted

On Monday, March 23, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced a Small Business Emergency Loan program to help business owners who are experiencing temporary cash flow shortages as a result of statewide orders to close restaurants, bars and other select public services.

Because of our long history of partnering with DEED in other lending programs, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) was chosen as one of nearly two dozen statewide organizations to accept Small Business Emergency Loan applications. 

Businesses located in SMIF’s 20-county region must submit applications directly to our SMIF lenders. See contact information below .

While the outline of DEED’s Small Business Emergency Loan program is available online, agency staff still are developing application approval criteria. For the time being our lenders are accepting applications and recording them in the order in which they are received. Loan consideration will start when DEED provides application approval criteria.

SMIF will require additional documentation before a loan application can be processed. We also strongly encourage applicants to confer with their bank about possible accommodations on existing loans.  

We understand the urgency of this situation for businesses across our region. We will do everything in our power to respond and act quickly to help our entrepreneurs and our communities. Please check our emergency response page for updates. We also will send email updates with criteria from DEED as soon as information becomes available.

Click HERE for the Emergency Loan Application.

Contact SMIF lenders with questions or to submit the application.

Source: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Thanks to a concerted effort by the state of Minnesota and the SBA to contain the economic impact of Coronavirus, the state’s small businesses are now eligible for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and can apply for a loan online. For info and forms you’ll need, please read the info below before going online.

MORE ABOUT EIDL LOANS

  • This program can provide low-interest loans of up to $2 million to businesses and private non-profits.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills. 
  • The current interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses; for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • These loans have long-term repayment options, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on borrower’s ability to repay.
  • Read the News Release regarding  MINNESOTA Declaration 16365 and Fact Sheet. 

EIDL LOAN TRAINING VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE

If you have questions on this loan and best practices for applying, watch this14 minute EIDL Application Training (link is external). Special thanks to the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce for helping us meet demand by hosting this video on their website. Our office is holding this same training twice daily and those are filling very quickly.

FILL OUT THESE FORMS FIRST!We HIGHLY recommend you complete your application online, do not mail it in. However, preparing these documents before you go to SBA.gov/disaster will streamline the process for you. Here’s a list of documents you’ll need to provide to complete the application: 

Need help filling out the application?  Watch our Training (link is external)download the slide deck, or Access these step-by-step instructions


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COVID-19 DEED Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

Small Business Emergency Loans following executive order 20-15, DEED has established a loan program to assist small businesses affected by Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08 following the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses are a vital part of Minnesota’s economy and this program will provide a source of working capital to help businesses sustain operations during this challenging time.

  • Range from $2,500 to $35,000 and will be based on the firm’s economic injury and the financial need.
  • Be provided to Minnesota-based businesses only.
  • Be interest free.
  • Be paid back monthly over five years and the first payment will be deferred six months with potentially partial forgiveness.

DEED released their Small Business Emergency Loan fund applications. Please review the requirements below.
Eligibility

  • In order to be eligible for a Small Business Emergency Loan, businesses must be able to demonstrate that it was directly and adversely affected by the conditions that precipitated the emergency declaration as noted in Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08.

The following businesses are noted in those Executive Orders:

  • Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption, excluding institutional or in-house food cafeterias that serve residents, employees, and clients of businesses, child care facilities, hospitals, and longterm care facilities.
  • Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs, and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
  • Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on premises consumption.
  • Theaters, cinemas, indoor and outdoor performance venues, and museums.
  • Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, and spas tanning establishments, body art establishments, tattoo parlors, piercing parlors, businesses offering massage therapy or similar body work, spas, salons, nail salons, cosmetology salons, esthetician salons, advanced practice esthetician salons, eyelash salons, and barber shops. This includes, but is not limited to, all salons and shops licensed by the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners and the Minnesota Board of Barber Examiners.
  • Amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities.
  • Country clubs, golf clubs, boating or yacht clubs, sports or athletic clubs, and dining clubs.

To qualify, the businesses must:

  • Be current on financial obligations as of March 1, 2020
  • Be an existing small business (whatever the form of their organization)
  • Have been operating in Minnesota for at least one year
  • Be willing to provide collateral or personal guarantee for at least 20% of loan
  • Have been denied credit by a lender and have sought or be in the process of seeking, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
  • Pay-off the emergency loan if financing is received subsequent to loan approval.

Loans cannot be provided to businesses that:

  • Derive income from passive investments without operational ties to operating businesses
  • Generate any part of its income from gambling or adult-oriented activities
  • Have no current or historical financial statements

Citizens Bank Minnesota is here for you! Our lenders are only an email, phone call away. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. Our lenders are listed by branch below.

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SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans [EIDL] offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital small businesses and private non-profits to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue. These loans are only intended as working capital loans to assist with the impact caused by the coronavirus emergency. Loan funds may be used to pay fixed debts, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. 

Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits. 

Loans are offered with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable; loans can go up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon the borrower’s ability to repay. 

Visit www.sba.gov/disaster for more information. For additional information, you may contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

For an EIDL application: 
Electronic – Go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
1.  Select Apply Online
2.  Register; in the future use LOGIN
3.  They are suggesting that you apply from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am due to
the high volume.
4.  They state that some users are having problems with CHROME;
suggest that you use EDGE or INTERNET EXPLORER  
5. APPLY 

Paper – While electronic filing is easier, faster and more accurate, paper loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. 
Completed application should be mailed to:  
U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155
 
Disaster loan information and application forms can also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

These are the FORMS that will be needed: 
1.   Completed SBA loan application [SBA Form 5] for partnerships, corporations, limited partnerships, nonprofits, limited liability entity – information needed for Form 5:
• Organization type and legal name; Trade Name if any [Secretary of
State registration]
• EIN
• Address and phone numbers
• Date business established
• Number of employees [pre-disaster]
• Insurance coverage [if any] coverage type, name of company and
agent
• Owners – names; title; % owned; SSN; marital status, DOB, POB, phone
number, address 
2.   Completed SBA loan application [SBA Form 5c] for sole proprietorships – information needed for Form 5:
• Legal names; EIN; DOB; POB; marital status
• Address; phone numbers; emails
• Debts – mortgages, installment loans, student loans, credit cards,
insurance, real estate taxes
• Number of employees [pre-disaster]
• Insurance coverage [if any], coverage type, name of company and
agent, policy number
• Assets 
3.   Tax Information Authorization [IRS Form 4506T] for the applicant, principals owning 20% or more of the applicant business, each general partner or managing member, and for any owner who has greater than 50% ownership in an affiliate business. Affiliates include, but are not limited to, business parents, subsidiaries, and/or other businesses with common ownership or management. Information needed:
• Names on tax return
• SSN or EIN
• Current name/address
• Previous address if different
• NOTE: WHEN YOU COMPLETE THIS FORM, IT IS EASIER IF YOU HAVE
THE LAST FEDERAL TAX RETURNS AT HAND. 
4.   Schedule of Liabilities [SBA Form 2202] – list all notes, mortgages and accounts payable. Specific information needed:
• Name of Creditor
• Original Amount
• Original Date
• Current Balance
• Current or Delinquent?
• Maturity Date
• Payment Amount [month-year]
• How secured 
5.   Personal Financial Statement [SBA Form 413] information required:
•Assets
• Liabilities
• Income 
6.   Monthly sales [SBA Form 1368] – information needed:
• Monthly sales figures beginning 3 years prior to disaster and
continuing through the most recent month available
• If not in business for 3 years, complete estimate on page 2
• Add narrative as you see needed  

These are the ATTACHMENTS that will be needed:
1.  Complete copies of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return for the applicant [business]
2.  Complete copy, including all schedules, of the most recent Federal income tax return for principals. General partners or managing member, and affiliates.
3.  If the most recent Federal income tax return has not been filed, a year-end profit and loss statement and balance sheet for the year
4.  A current year-to-date profit and loss statement [within 90 days]
5.  Projections [possible]  

Resources: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan website: www.disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/MN State SBDC website: www.mn.gov/deed/business/help/sbdc/West Central MN SBDC website: www.westcentralmnsbdc.com 
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