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CITIZENS BANK MINNESOTA HONORED FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

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 www.minnbankers.com.

Citizens For Citizens

2017 Citizens For Citizens

Some of the employee team members of Citizens For Citizens.

The employees of Citizens Bank Minnesota take great pride in volunteerism and helping our neighbors within the community. We have been active in this effort for many years and through evolution and change, we are now Citizens for Citizens. By having a variety of fundraisers during the year, we will be able to donate all proceeds to several non-profits/charities in and around the communities we serve. This year they include the Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery, NUMAS Haus, Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation and Relay for Life. Our Lafayette branch is donating proceeds to the Lafayette Area Ambulance, our La Salle branch is donating to the Watonwan County Backpack program, and our Lakeville branch is donating to PawPads. Our fundraisers include pot lucks, an employee silent auction, a crafters’ weekend and a 5K walk/run, among others. Our hope is to impact the lives of our neighbors in some way through these efforts.

By: Barb Marti, Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Citizens donates $3,000 to ISD #88 Greenhouse Project Fund

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Citizens Bank Minnesota proudly presents a check for $3,000.00 to the ISD #88 Greenhouse Project Fund at the New Ulm High School. Funds will be used to expand and develop their Greenhouse. Pictured in the photo are members of the FFA Chapter, NUHS Ag Teacher Jeff Nelson, Citizens staff Tim Hoscheit (Sr. Vice President), Lou Geistfeld (President), Rose Wendinger (Asst. Vice President), Pat Brennan (Vice President) and NUHS Ag Teacher Kelsey Brandt.

Citizens Relay for Life Team raises $20,699.50

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Citizens Bank Minnesota’s Relay for Life Team was hard at work throughout the past year raising money for the fight against cancer right here in Brown County. Through a variety of fundraisers, including potlucks, a 5K walk/run, a crafters’ retreat, an employee Silent Auction and donations from friends and family, the Citizens team continues to contribute sizable donations to the American Cancer Society every year. This year we raised $20,699.50, putting us in first place in the county. Citizens has been part of Relay for 21 years, with total contributions at $219,546.22.
The money raised through Relay events helps with education, prevention, treatment, and support for all cancer survivors and patients. A large portion of the money raised in Brown County stays in Brown County, helping our neighbors and friends when they need it most. At our local Relay event, we celebrate all cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and learn how each of us can do more to fight back against this dreaded disease.
If cancer could be cured by energy, commitment and determination, we’d be done with it and no one would ever have to fear this disease again!

By: Barb Marti, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

2016 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K

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Citizens Bank Minnesota’s Relay for Life team held their 2nd Annual Race 2 Raise 5K fundraiser on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  127 participants came to run and walk the 5K route, which started at Citizens, continued south on Minnesota Street to 16th South, then back along the bike trail, ending at German Park.  The 5K was professionally chip-timed and there were medals awarded to the top 3 males and top 3 females in seven different age brackets.

The 2016 Race 2 Raise 5K raised $3,061.99 for Relay for Life! Citizens looks forward to even more participants in the event in 2017.

Citizens Bank Minnesota Awards Scholarships

Molly Hennig, a graduate of Luther Preparatory High School, and Grant Halvorson, a graduate of Lakeville South High School, were recently presented with the Citizens Bank Minnesota’s sixteenth 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.

Lexi Grathwohl, a graduate of Cathedral High School, and Maria Shea, a graduate of Lakeville North High School, were the recipients of a $500.00 Citizens Bank Minnesota scholarship.  This is something that is offered as a random drawing to all high school seniors from the New Ulm and Lakeville area that completed the Citizens Real Life Skillz online classes.

Each year, Citizens awards two or more high school seniors with scholarships.  The scholarship program was developed to express our belief in the youth and their potential to make a difference in our community. Citizens is proud to invest in their future by promoting education and excellence.

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Molly, daughter of Brian and Grace Hennig, will be attending Martin Luther College this coming fall, pursuing a degree in music and voice.

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Grant, son of Chuck Halvorson and Maureen Thielen, will be attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities this coming fall, pursuing a degree in environmental engineering.

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Lexi, daughter of Norman and Lisa Grathwohl, will be attending Southwest Minnesota State University this coming fall, pursuing a degree in exercise science.

Maria Shea

Maria, daughter of Julie and Bill Shea, will be attending Minnesota State University, Mankato this coming fall, pursuing a degree in elementary education.

For more information about the Citizens Bank Minnesota Scholarships Click Here

CITIZENS BANK MINNESOTA 2015 HOLIDAY RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

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Citizens Bank Minnesota employees were excited to help families in need this Holiday Season. Our main office in New Ulm as well as our three branch locations in Lafayette, La Salle and Lakeville each adopted an area family. Money was donated by employees, raised through a bake sale and free-will donation luncheons, making is possible to donate $3,223.00 in gifts for these families.

Our New Ulm office went through Brown County Family Services Adopt-A-Family program and helped a family of eight, providing some much needed daily items along with several fun items for the children! They also helped a small military family, in which the husband is in basic training.

In Lakeville, our employees were able to help two families, each with two children, through the Armful of Love program! They bought them basic household items along with clothing for all family members.

Our La Salle office heard of a family with young children in need of beds this holiday season. Two of the children were sharing one small bed. One employee had two single beds that were no longer being used, so she donated them to the family. Employees were able to buy mattresses and new bedding for the children, along with some other clothing and household items. The kids were thrilled to each have their own bed!  The thank you’s we received were enough to bring tears to our eyes.

In Lafayette, our employees were able to help a local elderly widow, living alone and on a fixed income. Her washing machine broke and she didn’t have the funds to buy a new one. Our employees were able to raise enough money to buy her a new washing machine and surprised her with a “special delivery” one afternoon. She was overcome with joy and gratitude that her friends at the bank would do this for her!

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!

By: Sarah Seifert, Marketing Assistant

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