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Redesign Website

We are excited to announce the upcoming release of our newly redesigned Citizens Alliance Bank website. The redesigned website will go live on Wednesday, June 1st; make sure you update your favorites with our new website link,!

Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, Citizens Alliance Bank will be closed on Monday, May 30th. All branches will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 31st.

MoneyPass Surcharge-Free ATM Network

Citizens Alliance Bank is proud to announce that you now have access to more surcharge-free ATMs than ever.  In addition to the Shazam Privileged Status Network, we recently became part of the MoneyPass® surcharge-free ATM network, and that translates into significant benefits for you.  MoneyPass already has over 25,000 ATMs coast to coast and the network continues to grow.  And since each and every MoneyPass ATM is surcharge-free, you don't have to worry about paying a fee to access your money.
In other words, regardless of where you live, work or travel, you’re sure to find a MoneyPass ATM nearby.  Just look for the MoneyPass logo and use your existing Citizens Alliance Bank Visa debit card.  It’s that easy.  And it’s all part of our commitment to providing you with superb products and services.
For more information on MoneyPass, including the MoneyPass locations nearest you, visit For even greater convenience, you can access the ATM Locator using the free, easy-to-use apps for Android and iPhone.  Also, if you have any questions that we might address, don’t hesitate to contact your local Citizens Alliance Bank today. 

First Bank of Lincoln Merger Complete

We are pleased to announce that First Bank of Lincoln, Lincoln, Montana has officially merged into Citizens Alliance Bank, Clara City, Minnesota.  The merge took place Saturday, April 23rd.  “The charter merger and data and system conversion went very smooth with the Lincoln office open and ready for business as Citizens Alliance Bank on Monday, April 25th” according to Kenny Martin, Montana Market Manager.   

The Lincoln customers now have access to more products and services such as ready reserve checking, IRA accounts, a Visa credit card program, remote deposit capture and enhanced Internet and Mobile banking services. In addition, Lincoln loan customers will benefit from an expanded lending capacity as a branch of Citizens Alliance Bank. 

John Gill, President/COO commented “Customers will continue to experience the benefits of working with a local community bank, with local decision-making authority, and committed to the success and future of their customers.  We want to welcome Lincoln customers and employees to Citizens Alliance Bank and we look forward to continuing to provide exemplary customer service and the products and services, and technology that our customers need and desire!” 
Following the merge, the assets for Citizens Alliance Bank totaled $685 million and now employs approximately 130+ people.

Clara City Clinic & Citizens Alliance Bank North Annex Open House

(Pictured Left to Right: President of Citizens Alliance Bank John Gill, Chairman of Citizens Alliance Bank Philip Forstrom, CCMH Administrator Mark Paulson, Special Guest Alvina Munneke, Special Guest Joan Gaebe, Special Guest Paul Gaebe, and Superintendent of Chester Construction Gordy Woltjer)

Mark Paulson, CCMH Administrator, was joined by special guests Alvina Munneke and Joan Gaebe to complete the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Clara City Clinic and Citizens Alliance Bank North Annex.  Mrs. Munneke and Mrs. Gaebe’s husbands were long-time physicians in the former Clara City Clinic.  Citizens Alliance Bank, owned by the Forstrom Brothers, provided the necessary investment capital and Chester Construction served as the General Contractor on the construction of the building. 

John Gill, President, commented “We are excited about partnering with the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital on this project and bringing a medical clinic back to the community of Clara City.  This opportunity would not have been possible without the financial support of the Forstrom Brothers.  This clinic represents an essential and vital service to the residents of Clara City and serves to enhance the very community that our customers, employees and their families work, live and play.”

Debit and Credit Card Travel Reminder

If you plan on traveling domestically or outside of the United States, call your local Citizens Alliance Bank prior to leaving to help avoid interruptions with your bank issued debit or credit card.

Helpful Travel Tips from Citizens Alliance Bank  

- Make two photocopies of all your travel documents (Passport, Itinerary, Airline Tickets, Driver’s License, Credit Cards, Hotel Info, etc.) in case of emergency or if your documents are lost or stolen. Leave one copy with a friend or relative at home. It is always a great idea to let at least one person know exactly where you will be staying and how to contact you case of an emergency.

 - Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company or other financial institutions that you are traveling. Let us know the states or countries you will be visiting, dates of travel and how to contact you while you’re away.

- Check the daily cash withdrawal limit or credit limit on your debit/credit cards.

- Sign up for Online Banking so you are informed of account activity.

- Do not flash large amounts of money.

Please contact your local branch with questions.


Simple Ways to Rev Up Your Savings 

- Save for specific goals.
- Commit to saving money regularly.
- Put your savings on auto-pilot.
- Make use of tax-advantaged retirement accounts and matching funds.
- Decide where to keep the money intended for certain purposes.
- Think about ways to cut your expenses and add more to savings.

To read more about these simple steps visit:

Go Green in 2016!

Start the year off right and sign up for E-Statements!

1. Read the Disclosure and complete the Enrollment Form.

2. Return the Enrollment Form to the Bank.

3. Check your E-Mail Inbox for further instructions.

Once you are enrolled you will receive E-Statements beginning with your next statement cycle.

How are E-Statements Beneficial?

  • Secure: E-Statements can be retrieved in online banking or received in your e-mail inbox which requires a password to be retrieved.
  • Convenient: You can view, print or download your e-statement to your computer hard disk any time you want, organizing them in one central location.
  • Easy: Just complete the E-Statement Enrollment form found on our Forms page or Click here to view our online forms and return it to the bank.
  • Fast: You'll receive your E-Statement one or two days earlier than you typically receive your paper statement.

 For more information, please contact us.  


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Clara City
Phone: (320)847-3702
Phone: (320)367-2183
Granite Falls
Phone: (320)564-4522
Lake Lillian
Phone: (320)664-4111
Seeley Lake
Phone: (406)677-2464

Eqal Housing Lender

Phone: (507)925-4133
Howard Lake
Phone: (320)543-2151
Phone: (952)955-2992
Phone: (320)875-2431
Phone: (406)362-4248

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