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Steere and Holliday Complete IBA Consumer Credit School

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are excited to share that, earlier this year, Kathy Steere and Erica Holliday successfully completed the IBA Consumer Credit School.

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First Security Awards Scholarships to Shupe and Witte

First Security Bank & Trust is pleased to announce they have awarded two $250 scholarships to McKensie Shupe and Collin Witte. These individuals were both part of the 2020 West Fork graduating class.

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First Security Bank Announces Heather Meyer Retirement

After a 38 year career with First Security, Heather Meyer, Assistant Vice President/Trust Officer, plans to retire on Monday, August 3rd.

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First Security Welcomes Several New Employees

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Ashley Orcutt, Betsy Schweizer, Kayla Zubrod, Stacy Yezek, and Mariah McKenzie have joined the First Security team in Charles City.

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First Security Bank and Foundation Support Floyd County Fair with Multiple Donations

First Security Bank & Trust and the First Security Foundation are proud to announce multiple recent donations to support the Floyd County Fair.

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First Security Bank Announces Katcher Retirement

After 43 years in banking, Vicky Katcher will retire on Monday, July 6th.

Vicky, who has lived near Marble Rock her entire life, graduated from RRMR High School in 1974. One week later, she started working at Robert’s Clothes of Charm in Charles City, where she sold women’s clothing and Estée Lauder. The job was exciting as, at age 18, Vicky had the opportunity to travel for educational seminars about makeup and retail.

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First Security Announces Ward Retirement

After nearly 28 years in banking, Sherri Ward will retire on Wednesday, July 1st.

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First Security Bank Announces Sisson Retirement

After 30 years in banking, Jeff Sisson is set to retire on June 12th, 2020.

Sisson was raised in Charles City and graduated from Charles City High School. As he grew, so did his love for his community. 

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First Security Announces Marzen Promotion

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotion of Brittany Marzen to Branch Manager.

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First Security Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Stephen Spears has joined First Security as Chief Financial Officer.

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First Security's Cindy Ohlerking Retiring after 20 Years of Service

Cindy Ohlerking, Trust Administrative Assistant, is set to retire on May 14th after a 20 year career with First Security.

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Mike Farrell, Chief Operating Officer, Retiring

After a 44-year banking career, E. Michael Farrell, Chief Operating Officer at First Security, is retiring.

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COVID-19 Update: Getting Started with the Paycheck Protection Program

While there are many new initiatives being unveiled as part of the government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the provisions causing the most questions among business owners is the Paycheck Protection Program. 

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COVID-19 Update: Avoiding Scammers and Spotting Tactics

People waiting for economic relief weren’t the only ones excited to see a coronavirus stimulus package pass quickly in Washington. Scammers are also eager to use the news as a way to separate you from your money. Scammers rely on raising our emotions to get us to turn over our information or funds - and the current climate of fear and anxiety due to the coronavirus is perfect for that. It always pays to be vigilant, and this is no different.

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COVID-19: Financial Resources

As the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic take hold, several new assistance programs are being announced at the federal, state, and local level. We will be updating this page as information is made available about these various programs. Please bookmark this page, as it will be updated regularly.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: LOBBIES CLOSED

First Security Bank & Trust announced the closure of all lobbies to the public on March 18th in response to COVID-19 containment efforts. Drive-up windows will remain open during regular hours at our Charles City and Hampton locations, and video banking is available from 7am – 7pm Monday through Friday, and 7am – 1pm Saturday at our locations in Charles City, Hampton, Manly, Nora Springs, Riceville, Rockford, Rockwell, and Thornton branches.

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COVID-19: Banking from a Social Distance

Things are changing quickly when it comes to Coronavirus response, and we decided to give you updates from our end through a series of videos and website updates. Please subscribe to our Facebook and YouTube channels if you haven’t already, so you can be the first to know.

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Coronvirus: The Steps We're Taking

We at First Security want to take a moment to let you know about the steps we’re taking to address the spread of the Coronavirus, and to help you learn more about the ways you can avoid unnecessary contact while still taking care of your banking needs.

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Strength of Local Banks is Reason for Calm During Period of Current Volatility

On Monday, March 9th we experienced a shutdown in stock market trading. The current worry among many traders is the Coronavirus.

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First Security Welcomes Patrick Tegtmeier

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Patrick Tegtmeier has joined First Security. He joins the bank as a Retail Advisor at the First Security office in Nora Springs. As a Retail Advisor, he will be responsible for a wide range of responsibilities. Primarily, he will handle a variety of customer transactions and questions.

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First Security Welcomes Sarah Miller

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Sarah Miller has joined the First Security team in Hampton.

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First Security Donates $10,000 to Riceville First Foundation

RICEVILLE, Iowa – First Security Bank & Trust recently donated $10,000 to the Riceville First Foundation, a fundraising organization supporting the Riceville Community School District.  The donation marks the completion of fundraising for the construction of a high-tech lighted sign on the Riceville school campus.

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First Security Honors Sheril Brodbeck

After a banking career spanning 56 years, Sheril Brodbeck plans to retire.

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First Security Welcomes Baylee Crow and Kyle Olson

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Baylee Crow and Kyle Olson have joined the First Security team in Charles City. Baylee joins First Security as a Service Center Specialist, and Kyle has filled the Head Teller position.

As a member of the Service Center team, Baylee will provide customers with a one-stop customer service experience. She will aid in many areas which include providing information about deposit and loan accounts, debit cards, online banking, and safety deposit box opening and access. She will also work on fraud situations and account reconciliation.

Baylee is originally from Sioux City, where she graduated from Sioux City’s East High School. She later attended Southeastern Community College in West Burlington before eventually ending up in Nashua to live closer to her significant other. She joins First Security with years of retail experience and customer service experience. Her most recent job involved phone verifications on behalf of nationwide lienholders and lenders to confirm adequate coverage for vehicles on loan.

In her free time, Baylee enjoys spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, and playing video games. She aspires to be a better cook and spend more time outdoors as she learns more about the surrounding communities.

As Lead Teller, Kyle Olson will be involved in providing customer service and handling a wide range of customer transactions. He’ll also participate in the training of Tellers and serve as an ongoing resource for his coworkers.

Kyle grew up in Humboldt. He graduated from high school there before attending Iowa Central Community College for his AA degree. He then attended Buena Vista University where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in financial decision making.

While attending Buena Vista University, Kyle worked at Kwik Star in Osage. Prior to that, he worked at the Verizon Wireless store in Osage.

Outside of work, Kyle volunteers as a small group leader as well as a high school group leader at Prairie Lakes Church in Osage. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife, caring for their pets, watching comic book movies and TV shows, as well as carpentry. During the summers, he joins his father in law in restoring and riding 1970s Honda motorcycles.

First Security Bank & Trust has locations across North Central Iowa and headquarters in Charles City. Member FDIC.

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First Security Welcomes Danielle Kuehne

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Danielle Kuehne has joined First Security. She joins the bank as a Retail Advisor at the Manly office. As a Retail Advisor, she will be responsible for a wide range of responsibilities. Primarily, she will handle day-to-day customer transactions and questions.

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Lessin Earns Certificate from Commercial Lending School

Jennifer Lessin, Credit Analyst at First Security Bank, has successfully completed the 2019 Iowa Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School, held October 14-18 in Ankeny.

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First Security Announces Aarback Promotion

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotion of Becky Aarback to Lead Retail Advisor.

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Important Update on First Security Marble Branch Closure

First Security would like to thank the Marble Rock community for its patience during the recent closure of the Marble Rock office of First Security Bank & Trust. First Security was forced to close this office on October 1st after heavy rains caused structural damage to portions of the building above the main entrance. Since then, employees have been working to determine what it would take to reopen this facility. The bank has had multiple inspections, including one just this week, and it has been concluded that, with some repairs, First Security will be able to safely reopen the Marble Rock facility by early December.

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First Security Announces Wegner Promotion

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotion of Kris Wegner, Ag/Commercial Lender, to Assistant Vice President.

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First Security Contributes to Trailside Park Fundraising Efforts in Latimer

First Security recently donated $500 toward the fundraising efforts for updating Trailside Park, a park on the south side of Latimer.

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First Security Welcomes Carol Stika-O'Donnell

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Carol Stika-O’Donnell has joined the Nora Springs First Security office.

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Matt Bradley Earns Certificate from Graduate School of Banking

Matt Bradley, AVP/Marketing Manager with First Security, was awarded a certificate of completion on October 4 at the 2nd annual Sales and Marketing School presented by the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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First Security Announces Promotion of Demro and Elfers

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotion of Carly Demro and Carrie Elfers.

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First Security and ICBA Provide Tips for Safeguarding Sensitive Data

In recognition of National Cybersecurity Month in October, First Security and the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) are reminding consumers of simple steps they can take to safeguard their sensitive data when making purchases online or via a smart device and what to do if they suspect their information has been compromised.

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INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY CHANGES THE MEANING OF BANK HOLIDAYS

Banks are closed on October 14th for Columbus Day, right?

In most cases, yes, but customers of First Security Bank and Trust know that the definition of “bank holiday” is changing. For several holidays, including Columbus Day, Presidents’ Day, Veterans Day, and Christmas Eve, First Security has offered extended service hours when other banks are closed. Columbus Day of this year, which falls on October 14th, is no exception. On this day, First Security will be open from 1pm – 7pm through the use of Video Banking!

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First Security Supports Howard County D.A.R.E. with $500 Donation

First Security recently contributed $500 toward the Howard County Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.®) Program. Howard County Deputy, Richard Hollenbeck, teaches more than 100 5th and 6th grade children as well as nearly 250 middle and high school students. His most recent training has involved educating high school age students on opioid and vaping abuse.

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First Security Welcomes Smidt, DeBoard, and Pierce

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Cindy Smidt, Asia DeBoard, and Christy Pierce have joined the First Security team in Charles City.

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Stice Earns Certificate from the Iowa School of Banking

Tommy Stice, AVP/Senior Credit Analyst with First Security, has successfully completed the 2019 Iowa School of Banking.

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First Security Welcomes Jerri Dight

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Jerri Dight has joined First Security. She joins the bank as a Retail Advisor at the Marble Rock office. As a Retail Advisor, she will be responsible for a wide range of responsibilities. Primarily, she will handle a variety of customer transactions and questions.

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First Security Welcomes Back Hampton-Dumont-CAL Educators

First Security was excited to welcome Hampton-Dumont-CAL area educators back for the start of the 2019-2020 school year by serving them breakfast on Thursday, August 22nd. Nearly 200 teachers and staff gathered in the high school commons for breakfast, allowing them to catch up with one another before the start of the new school year.

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Wolfe and Miller Complete Graduate School of Banking Program

Diane Wolfe, Chief Credit Officer, and Eric Miller, AVP/Ag and Commercial Lender, were awarded a diploma on August 9, 2019, at commencement exercises during the 75th annual session of the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They also received a Certificate of Executive Leadership from the Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional and Executive Development for completing the rigorous GSB leadership curriculum.

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First Security Awards Scholarships

Each spring, First Security awards over $5,000 in scholarships to several graduates from the schools in each of our market areas. Below is a short biography of 8 of 15 winners. We wish them all the best as they begin their college studies!

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First Security Announces Titus, Bonzer, and Begley Promotions

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotion of Sara Titus, Andria Bonzer, and Cheryl Begley.

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First Security Welcomes Lievrouw and Crooks

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Madison Lievrouw and Connor Crooks have joined First Security. Madison joins First Security as a Video Banker and Connor joins the bank as a Service Center Specialist.

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Safely Dispose of Confidential Records on Shred Day

When it comes to keeping your identity safe, First Security continues to put forth extra effort to help customers protect their information.

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First Security donates to Rockwell Lions Club

First Security recently donated $1,000 to the Rockwell Lions Club’s fundraiser for their annual Truck and Tractor Pull. The pull, which is part of the National Tractor Pullers Association 2019 Grand National Championship series, is held each year in early July. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Rockwell community.

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First Security Honors Janet Stangl

After a banking career spanning 40 years, Janet Stangl plans to retire.

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Jeffrey W. Badger Joins First Security

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Jeff Badger has joined the Manly Ag/Commercial Lending team as Vice President.

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First Security Announces Wilson, Schoenfeldt, and Marth Promotions

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotion of Amy Wilson, Lacy Schoenfeldt and Carolyn Marth. Wilson has been promoted to Loan Administrative Specialist, Schoenfeldt has been promoted to Loan Operations Specialist, and Carolyn Marth has been promoted to Loan Quality Control Specialist.

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First Security Supports Franklin County Fairgrounds with Capital Campaign

First Security recently announced its plans for supporting the Franklin County fairgrounds and convention center renovation project. First Security will match every dollar up to $25,000 that is raised for the capital campaign between now and July 21st, the last day of the Franklin County Fair.

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First Security Welcomes Stephen Meneley

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Stephen Meneley has joined the First Security Service Center.

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First Security Honors Pam Meyer

After a banking career spanning more than 30 years, Pam Meyer plans to retire

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First Security Board of Directors Announce Murray Promotion

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Sarah Murray has been promoted to Vice President, Controller and Cashier.

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Bill Frye retiring

After a 42-year career in Charles City, Bill Frye, VP/Trust Officer at First Security, is retiring.

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FIrst Security Welcomes Hanson, Schmidt, and Raisch

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Deana Hanson, Shirley Schmidt, and Kristina Raisch have joined First Security. They join the bank as Retail Advisors at the Hampton and Thornton offices. In this role, they will be responsible for a wide range of responsibilities. These include handling a variety of customer transactions, responding to customer inquiries, accepting applications for loans, and opening new accounts.

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First Security Donates to Hampton Dumont ProStart Culinary Team

Recently, Hampton-Dumont High School’s ProStart culinary team achieved a first-time championship for the school by claiming first place at the Iowa ProStart Invitational competition. To compete, the team had to prepare a three-course meal within one hour using only two butane burners. Their menu included a pan seared scallop wrapped prosciutto, wagyu steak au poivre (pepper-corn steak) with carrots vichy, and a lemon curd and strawberry curd with meringue for dessert.

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Drilling and Marzen Earn Certificates from Consumer Credit School

Sheila Drilling, Retail Banking Supervisor at First Security Bank in Riceville, and Brittany Marzen, Retail Advisor at First Security Bank in Charles City, have successfully completed the Iowa Bankers Association Consumer Credit School.

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First Security Welcomes Lacy and Fleshner

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Brenna Lacy and Melissa Fleshner have joined First Security. Brenna joins First Security as a Service Center Specialist, and Melissa has filled the Accounting Assistant position.

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Penny Gray Retiring after 23 Years of Service

Penny Gray, Vice President/Marketing Manager at First Security, is set to retire from the bank in April after more than 23 years of service. She joined the bank in 1996 with over 20 years of retail banking and marketing experience.

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First Security Honors Elaine Wilcox

After a banking career spanning 21 years, Elaine Wilcox plans to retire.

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First Security Welcomes Matt Bradley

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Matt Bradley has joined First Security as Assistant Vice President, Marketing Manager. This position was open due to Penny Gray’s upcoming retirement in April. In this role, Bradley will be responsible for leading all marketing efforts at First Security.

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First Security Welcomes Engelhardt and Begley to the Team

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Susan Engelhardt and Cheryl Begley have joined First Security. They both join the bank as Retail Advisors. In this role, they will be responsible for a wide range of responsibilities. These include handling a variety of customer transactions, responding to customer inquiries, accepting applications for loans, and opening new accounts.

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First Security Announces Boyd Promotion

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotion of Nolan Boyd to Ag/Commercial Lender.

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Here for Good Guest Panel features First Security Employee

On the morning of January 9th, the Floyd County Community Foundation hosted the seminar, Here for Good, at the Charles City Public Library’s Zastrow Room.

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First Security Sponsors West Fork Scoreboard

First Security Bank recently provided a $4000 sponsorship toward West Fork School’s new scoreboard.

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First Security Donates to the City of Ionia

First Security Bank recently donated $2,500 toward the construction of a walking path in Ionia’s City Park.

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15 Things to Keep in Your Car This Winter

Snow. Rain. Ice. Sleet. Cold. Potholes. Let’s face it, winter can bring on just about any dangerous driving situation.

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First Security Donates to Charles City Police Department

First Security Bank recently donated $1200 to the Charles City Police Department’s fundraising efforts toward maintaining their new K-9 Unit, Jordy.

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First Security Announces Promotion of Steere and Kraft

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotions of Kathy Steere and Billi Jo Kraft.

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Murray Appointed to IBA Leaders in Advocacy

Iowa Bankers Association recently selected Sarah Murray of First Security Bank & Trust to participate in the IBA Leaders in Advocacy Program.  Sarah joined the First Security team in Charles City as AVP/Senior Accountant in 2016 with the position of Cashier added to her responsibilities in 2017.

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Lessons in Voting

Easy ways to teach kids about the democratic process

The signs have been placed firmly in lawns, over bridges, and in the hands of politicians and their supporters across America. Voting season is in full swing. And while not everyone can agree on the same parties, candidates, or issues, most can agree on one thing: voting season is a great opportunity to educate young children on the democratic process.

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Lessin Earns Certificate from Introduction Commercial Lending School

Jennifer Lessin, Credit Analyst at First Security Bank, has successfully completed the 2018 Iowa Bankers Association’s Introduction to Commercial Lending School held October 8-10 in Cedar Rapids.

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First Security Welcomes Erika DeBruyn

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Erika DeBruyn has joined the First Security team in Charles City.

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First Security Board of Directors Announce Schroeder Promotion

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotion of Evelyn Schroeder to Assistant Vice President.

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First Security Announces Coates, Menken, and Clark Promotion

Over the last several months, the First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer have announced the promotions of Kimberley Coates, Katie Menken, and Lyndsay Clark.

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Anatomy of a Fake Check Scam

Fake checks drive many types of scams – like those involving phony prize wins, fake jobs, mystery shoppers, online classified ad sales, and others.

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Introducing Two-Way Text Alerts

To you, the card you carry isn’t just a piece of plastic. It’s lunch with your best friend, the perfect gift found after a diligent online search, or a quick stop for gas on the way home. To fraudsters, it’s a chance to steal your information and use your account for their own purposes.

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First Security Welcomes Rhonda Troester and Carly Demro

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Rhonda Troester and Carly Demro have joined the First Security team in Charles City.

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First Security Donates to Meservey Public Library

First Security Bank recently donated $750 to the Meservey Public Library. The funds were put toward their 50th anniversary celebration and their 2nd annual carnival. The free event is an opportunity for Meservey and surrounding area to enjoy community and fun activities ranging from inflatable rides and petting zoos to face painting and magician shows.

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First Security Donates to Rockwell Lions Club

 

First Security recently donated $2,000 to the Rockwell Lions Club’s fundraiser for their annual Truck and Tractor Pull. The pull, which was part of the National Tractor Pullers Association 2018 Grand National Championship series, was held July 5-7. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Rockwell community.

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First Security Welcomes Caitlin Golle

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Caitlin Golle has joined the First Security office in Charles City as a Video Banker. In this role, she will operate some of the latest technology offered in banking, Interactive Teller Machines. Via video chat, she will hold a face-to-face conversation with customers while assisting them with deposits, withdrawals, account transfers, loan payments, and more.

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First Security Honors Beth Wilson

After a banking career of more than 33 years, Beth Wilson, Vice President/Retail Lender, plans to retire.

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First Security Welcomes Bre Knowles

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Bre Knowles has joined First Security.

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First Security Welcomes Julie Versluis

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Julie Versluis has joined First Security as Vice President and Trust Officer.

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First Security Welcomes New Employee

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Chei Hanig has joined the First Security team in Hampton.

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First Security Donates to Mission Thornton Inc.

First Security recently donated $2,500 to Mission Thornton, Inc. Their goal is to raise $24,000 to replace Thornton’s current welcome sign with an LED electronic message board.

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25 Easy Ways to Help the Planet and Your Budget

Conserving energy. Reducing landfills and pollution. Protecting the environment.  Chances are, you already know the impact that recycling can have on sustaining our planet. What you may not know, however, is the impact recycling can have in your home – and in your budget.

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How to Achieve Your Financial Goals

What do you want in life? A new car? Your own home? A great college education for your children?

 

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How to protect yourself from tax refund fraud

For many people, knowing a tax refund is on the way can be a big relief, an exciting treat, or both. And the sooner the refund arrives the better.

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Credit unions' free ride hurts Iowa's rural communities

Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer, Iowa View contributor 

 

How can an industry that claims to be “not-for-profit” keep billions in profits each year tax free?

Credit unions are now a $1.3 trillion industry, and reported $9.7 billion in tax-free profits in 2016. Three-fourths of those profits were in credit unions with more than $1 billion in assets. 

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First Security Welcomes New Employees

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Suzie Ross and Carla Winterink joined the First Security Service Center.

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Data Breaches: Protect Your Information and Money

Banks are national leaders in preserving the security of customer data. The industry dedicates hundreds of millions of dollars annually to data security, and adheres to strict regulatory and network requirements. The banking industry’s first priority is to protect consumers and make them whole.

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Year-End Retirement Savings Strategies

Whether your retirement unfolds as a beautiful dream or a scary nightmare depends largely on the financial decisions you make today. But if retirement planning is brand-new to you, you're not alone.

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See How Far Your Money Will Stretch on Black Friday

Black Friday sales save you money, but just how far will your dollars go?

We crunched the numbers to find out. Here are some of the ways you could spend your Black Friday budget this November 24 (but keep in mind that many deals begin on November 23, Thanksgiving Day).

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Spainhower Receives LUTCF® Designation

Bobbi Spainhower, Investment Sales Assistant at First Security, recently received the Life Underwriter Training Council FellowSM (LUTCF®) designation.

 

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6 Ways to Protect Your Business from Business Email Compromise Scams

Companies of all sizes are being targeted by criminals through business email compromise scams. 

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First Security Welcomes Back Educators

First Security was excited to welcome Charles City area educators back for the start of the 2017-2018 school year by serving them breakfast on Tuesday, August 22. Nearly 300 teachers and staff gathered in the new middle school commons for breakfast, allowing them to catch up with one another before the start of the new school year.

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First Security Tackles Credit Scores and Much More

As the back-to-school season is upon us, many of today’s younger consumers are likely gearing up to spend money, yet among U.S. adults ages 18 to 34, just over half are paying their bills on time. Furthermore, 44% of high school students report that they don’t know what a credit score measures, according to a study conducted by the Consumer Federation of America.

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Starting your own business? Open a business account at First Security

Managing finances can be complicated for small-business owners, especially when such a business is first getting started. Many entrepreneurs skip the important step of opening a business bank account, and instead use personal accounts to manage their business expenses. Opening a business account at First Security can have many advantages.

 

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Schlader Recognized for Lead Retail Lending Role

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Kim Schlader has been promoted to Lead Retail Lender.

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Michelle Warner Joins First Security

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Michelle Warner has joined the Rockford and Marble Rock offices’ retail team.

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First Security Foundation Donates to YMCA 2016-17 Annual Sustaining Campaign

First Security recently donated $3000 to the Charles City Family YMCA Annual Sustaining Campaign (ANSU).

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First Security Hosts Second Annual Agricultural Seminar

First Security Bank & Trust hosted their second annual agricultural seminar at the Greene Community Center on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The event, titled Field to Finance, focused on a variety of topics ranging from the economic outlook for agriculture in 2017, various government programs, and how to effectively work and communicate with family members in a business.

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Simple Steps to Save Successfully During America Saves Week 2017

By Tammy G. Bruzon, America Saves

America Saves Week (February 27 – March 4, 2017) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. Each year, we encourage savers – or potential savers – just like you to set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically.

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Stacie Peterson Promoted to Lead Branch Office Representative

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotion of Stacie Peterson to Lead Branch Office Representative in Rockwell.

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First Security Welcomes Sara Titus

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Sara Titus has joined the First Security Video Banking team.

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First Security Welcomes Sydnie Wagler

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Sydnie Wagler has joined the First Security team in Manly.

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First Security Board of Directors Announce Stice Promotion

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotion of Tommy Stice to Senior Credit Analyst.

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4 Simple Steps To Stop A CYBER THIEF

Raising Awareness for Data Privacy Day January 28

In recognition of National Data Privacy Day on January 28, First Security is urging consumers to take an active role in protecting their data.

“First Security’s first priority is to protect our customers’ money and their financial data,” said Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer, President/CEO. “We use a combination of safeguards to protect our customers’ information, and we encourage our customers to partner with us in that effort.”

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David Jarvill earns Accredited Investment Fiduciary Certification

First Security employee, David Jarvill, has successfully completed the requirements for and has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® Certification.Add Image

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See What's Cookin' at First Security

Throughout the summer, First Security’s Video Banking crew grilled and handed out free hotdogs as a fun way to introduce more customers to the Video Bankers and the technology that First Security offers. First Security, a leader in cutting-edge financial products and services, is the first bank in North Iowa to begin using interactive video banking technology.

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Career Opportunities

First Security Bank has an opening for a Mortgage Loan Processor within the Loan Operations Department and a Wealth Management Representative in our Hampton Office.

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Our Mobile Banking App Just Got a Makeover!

Our Mobile Banking App Just Got a Makeover!

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Important Dumont Building Update

Beginning Thursday, October 20, the Dumont Office will temporarily close for one week during the demolition of the city-owned building next to ours. 

 

 

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First Security Offers Debit Card Fraud Control with CardValet

First Security Bank & Trust is pleased to introduce CardValet®, a mobile card management application that helps reduce account fraud by allowing cardholders to monitor accounts with their smartphone and control how, when and where their debit card is used.

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Apple Pay Now Available

Apple Pay Now Available to First Security’s Customers Offering an Easy, Secure & Private Way to Pay

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Pat Adams Scholarship Awarded

 Pat Adams was a dedicated employee of First Security Bank & Trust for 46 1/2 years when she passed away in 2013. Add Image

 

 

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First Security Board Announces Holdren Promotion

Add ImageThe First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Michael Holdren has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

 

 

 

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Chairman Honored for 50 Years of Service

 

First Security Bank & Trust President/CEO, Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer recognized J.R. (Dick) Herbrechtsmeyer, Chairman of Add ImageFirst Security for 50 years of service with First Security Bank & Trust.

“We are fortunate to have dedicated bankers like Dick Herbrechtsmeyer working for our customers and community for half a century,” said Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer. “Dick’s distinguished tenure of service demonstrates his commitment to serving others − and to making a positive impact in the financial services industry.”

 

 

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Which is More Secure: Filing Taxes Online or on Paper?

Which is More Secure: Filing Taxes Online or on Paper?

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When tax season comes around, taxpayers have two options for filing their taxes: paper or electronic filing. While some taxpayers have strong opinions about which one is better for them, an important question they should all ask themselves is which is more secure? With the increase in the risk of identity theft and tax fraud, consumers should be careful how they file their taxes and consider the advantages and risks of electronic or paper filing.

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Put Your Business on a Data Diet

Add ImageLosing some excess flab should be at the top of the list of New Year’s resolutions for your small to medium-sized business.

Not you, owner and proprietor. You look great. It's the reams of data jiggling around your company’s servers and hard drives that could use some trimming.

Monday is the perfect time to start. It's National Data Privacy Day, created to raise awareness about the importance of keeping personal information private, especially on social networks and the Internet.

But tweens on Twitter aren’t the only netizens that need to keep safe online. SMBs are increasingly at risk from hacker attacks and digital conmen. Symantec found that the percentage of targeted attacks on small businesses doubled in the first half of 2012, compared with the first half of 2011. More than a third of the attacks were aimed at companies with fewer than 250 employees.

Here are five steps to trim, tighten and tone your data waistline. Follow this data diet to get your network security into shape:

 

 

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Credit Cards: The Smart Holiday Shopping Choice

When it comes to the holidays, it may be time to rethink the mantra that “cash is king” for holiday shopping.

Sure, paying with cash forces you to stay within a budget to prevent over-spending. It means no tacked-on interest payment. And it may even occasionally qualify you for a discount on purchases in allowing merchants to avoid paying plastic-used transaction swipe fees. Add Image

But a truly happy holiday means protecting those soon-to-be-purchased presents along with your long-term finances. That’s where credit cards reign supreme over cash or debit cards.

 

 

 

 

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Lines Promoted to Ag/Commercial Lender

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the recent promotion of Robert Lines to an Ag/Commercial Lender at the Charles City office.

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CFPB Financial Education Policy Guide Highlights EverFi Partnerships

First Security is proud to work with our partner, EverFi, who was highlighted in the CFPB’s April report, Policy Guide for Advancing K-12 Financial Education. The guide was developed to identify strategies and provide information on tools and resources that enhance K-12 financial education efforts. The report highlights EverFi’s success in forming unique public-private partnerships that amplify the impact of K-12 financial education.

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