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First State Bank Insurance

First State Bank/Full Service Insurance Agency is a locally owned institution with multiple locations in the Red River Valley of East Central North Dakota. 

We are seeking an INSURANCE AGENT to take over and expand an existing book of business in the Grand Forks area.

  • Servicing an active book of business
  • Building and maintaining customer relationships, retaining accounts, cross sales and referrals with bank.
  • Reviewing and updating customer coverages
  • Provide customers with various insurance products
  • Team Player

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Starion Bank

Are you a disciplined leader driven to know your customers and meet their needs? Do your get-‘er-done attitude, high ethical standards, and community involvement inspire others? If so, you may be an excellent fit at Starion Bank!

We are seeking a DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST in Bismarck!

In this role, you will:

  • Develop and deploy consistent, engaging content across the Bank’s web, mobile, email, social and other digital marketing ad platforms.
  • Support the promotion of online products and services to drive traffic and acquire new customers
  • Provide brand management oversight for digital marketing and multimedia asset creation including brand identity, look and feel and voice execution.
  • Monitor performance of marketing initiatives and report on results.

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Starion Bank announced today that it has pledged $250,000 to the Bismarck Cancer Center expansion campaign. The Healing for Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow Capital Campaign will help the Bismarck Cancer Center renovate the existing facility and add a second floor. The new area will include additional exam rooms, family counseling rooms, treatment equipment, and a more comfortable, welcoming space for families to await their appointments.

Starion Bank announced today that it has pledged $250,000 to the Bismarck Cancer Center expansion campaign. The Healing for Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow Capital Campaign will help the Bismarck Cancer Center renovate the existing facility and add a second floor. The new area will include additional exam rooms, family counseling rooms, treatment equipment, and a more comfortable, welcoming space for families to await their appointments.Starion Bank is proud to support the people and organizations who provide necessary and compassionate health care services in our communities. Expanding the Bismarck Cancer Center helps our region prepare to handle the unfortunate yet growing need for cancer treatments. With these expansions, the Center will be able to treat more people in less time, ultimately saving more lives, providing more hope, and impacting our community even more than it already has.

“The Bismarck Cancer Center is such an important organization in our community,” says Lee Weisbeck, Bismarck-Mandan Market President. “It’s a place of hope for individuals and their families who are fighting battles with cancer. The Center delivers the highest quality radiation treatments to people within Bismarck/Mandan and surrounding region. Those treatments have improved the quality of life and length of life for so many individuals. The work from the Cancer Center's staff is invaluable.”

Bismarck Cancer Center visitors may see a familiar name on the new art hanging in the waiting area. Shelley Larson, Starion Bank family owner and well-known local artist, is assisting in decorating the new space by curating a rotating collection of her original paintings. The artwork inspires courage, strength, endurance, and hope in patients and their families.

Craig Larson, Starion Bank CEO and Board Chairman, says the decision to donate was easy. “Donating to the Healing for Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow Capital Campaign was an instant and unanimous yes from our entire team. The Bismarck Cancer Center is changing and impacting lives within our community every day, and we are proud to be able to support a cause such as this.”

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Shannon Hammeren, First International Bank & Trust’s Director of IT and Operations, is the Barret School of Banking’s first grad program participant from North Dakota. The Barret School of Banking, located in Memphis, Tennessee, provides an adult learning experience for career-oriented individuals in commercial banking or a related financial services business. The school offers a three-year graduate program with over 130 hours of classroom instruction focused on providing an advanced banking education. Shannon plans to apply this knowledge while driving and implementing change as well as adapting new technologies and services that allow FIBT to meet its strategic objectives.Shannon Hammeren, First International Bank & Trust’s Director of IT and Operations, is the Barret School of Banking’s first grad program participant from North Dakota. The Barret School of Banking, located in Memphis, Tennessee, provides an adult learning experience for career-oriented individuals in commercial banking or a related financial services business. The school offers a three-year graduate program with over 130 hours of classroom instruction focused on providing an advanced banking education. Shannon plans to apply this knowledge while driving and implementing change as well as adapting new technologies and services that allow FIBT to meet its strategic objectives.Shannon began his career with FBIT in 1995 and has worked in all areas of Information Technology (IT) including back-office operations, support desk, server administration, security administration, and network engineering. He has held the roles of Network Manager, Information Security Officer as well as his current position as Director of IT and Operations. Over the years, Shannon has played a leading role in the implementation of many different technologies, such as, imaging, online services, network infrastructure upgrades, IP Telephone, and server virtualization.Congratulations Shannon on this accomplishment not only for First International Bank & Trust but also for North Dakota.

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Starion Bank

Are you a disciplined leader driven to know your customers and meet their needs? Do your get-‘er-done attitude, high ethical standards, and community involvement inspire others? If so, you may be an excellent fit at Starion Bank!

We are seeking a BUSINESS BANKING REPRESENTATIVE IN BISMARCK

In this role, you will:

  • Provide support including recording and maintaining documents in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • Process loan advances, payments, credit bureau reports
  • Have regular customer contact via phone, email, and in person
  • Promote Starion Bank and all products and services

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HUMAN RESOURCE GENERALIST

Position Overview

Assist First Western Bank & Trust’s Human Resource Manager in the administration of payroll, developing procedures and programs that align the workforce with the strategic goals of the Bank and maintain the Bank’s culture, while ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations.

Essential Job Functions

  • Review employee timecards weekly to check for necessary adjustments
  • Reconcile assigned monthly benefit bills and forward to Accounts Payable for payment
  • Reconcile payroll and benefit deposit accounts and general ledger accounts
  • Facilitate management and staff understanding of time card, payroll and Human Resource procedures

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LOAN DOCUMENTATION SPECIALIST I & II

Position Overview

Position is responsible for the completion of loan documentation. Responsibilities include entering information used forpreparing and reviewing loan documentation for consumer and commercial loans for multiple states and locations, anduploading to the host accounting system utilizing LaserPro loan documentation software. Must maintain thorough knowledgeof compliance regulations in order to complete all loan documentation. Provides customer service by responding to inquiriesfrom loan originators in a timely manner. Maintains and seeks knowledge of operations systems/procedures.

This position description applies to two levels assigned on a variety of factors including, but not limited to: scope and complexityof responsibility, experience, and expertise.

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TRUST OPERATIONS ASSISTANT

Position Overview

Assist the Vice President - Trust Operations with trust operations functions to ensure quality service for First Western Bank & Trust’s various trust accounts in addition to maintaining trust records and portfolio integrity standards.

Essential Job Functions

  • Answer incoming phone calls for the Trust Department and route appropriately
  • Daily entry of dividends and interest, asset maturities, asset purchases/sales, contributions and distributions

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Starion Bank

Are you a disciplined leader driven to know your customers and meet their needs? Do your get-‘er-done attitude, high ethical standards, and community involvement inspire others? If so, you may be an excellent fit at Starion Bank!

We are seeking a Retail Services Officer in Bismarck/Mandan!

In this role, you will:

  • Assist in design and implementation of customer journey maps & profiles, sales promotions, product design and development
  • Assist in the development of materials and resources for weekly organizational meetings
  • Serve as subject knowledge expert in retail and business deposits and retail lending to include branch and cash security, teller operations, BSA and monitoring compliance and quality control risks

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TRUST ASSOCIATE

Position Overview

Assist the Portfolio Manager, Oil and Gas Manager, Trust Administrators, and Trust Operations, with administrative functions of trust, investment management, and oil and gas management (OGM) to ensure quality service for First Western Bank & Trust’s Trust Department.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assist Portfolio Manager with trades
  • Aid in the production of investment reports for clients
  • Take minutes of Trust Investment Committee meetings
  • Input client portfolios into Riskalyze during annual review process

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Happy 2021 everyone! I know this is going to be a great year and I hope it’s starting off that way for you and yours. Things in life are often relative and compared to a baseline. If 2020 is our baseline for evaluating 2021, then hallelujah! I like our chances for improvement. Covid cases are down and we’re seeing some light at the end of the tunnel with respect to this dastardly pandemic. I also know that 2021 will have its challenges, I just hope they aren’t the same challenges that we’ve faced the past almost year now.

Having said that, 2020 was a showcase year for the value proposition community banks provide. You all were front and center helping your friends, neighbors and communities deal with uncertainty and fallout from the pandemic. We might have even thought the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was behind us. If so, we were wrong because round two is in full swing and I know that you all are stepping up and doing your part. Thank you for that and for letting me be a small part in assisting you. And we may not be done given the high dollar stimulus package being proposed by President Biden.

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Politics, elections and pandemics, oh my! That’s kind of my take on the past several months and a less than articulate comparative reference to Dorothy’s infamous “lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my” quote from the Wizard of Oz. But just as those beasts struck fear in the hearts of Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow as they skipped through the forest in that iconic 1939 film, today’s unknowns of a yet-to-be resolved pandemic, a new administration and an unknown US Senate makeup (the Georgia runoffs are at least one reminder that the election isn’t really over) have left us modern day citizens a bit skittish about what’s ahead of us.

While it might not be a great career move for someone whose job it is to advocate for a tremendous community banking organization, I promised myself I wasn’t going to drone on about politics, the recent election and certainly not the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in this message. We’ve all had enough. I know I’ve had enough. A wise friend of mine asked me a few days ago if I could recall having recent conversations that didn’t involve politics or the pandemic. I couldn’t except for Stacey telling me that the dogs were tangled around the tree again. But I don’t think those count as “conversations” so I excluded them for the purposes of the exercise at hand.

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As I write this, it occurred to me that today is the first day of fall. Other than the leaves changing color, one might think it’s just another beautiful summer day as the temperature approaches 90 degrees in Bismarck. While 2020 has kind of been the year to forget, our summer weather was really quite delightful for the most part.

While our weather was pleasant, I can’t say it’s been a pleasant summer of clarity and direction for our bank members relative to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness process. Community banks across the country including North Dakota stepped up to efficiently process PPP loans and distribute those much-needed funds to our business and ag customers. You accomplished what the federal government couldn’t. And now, in my opinion, you’ve sort of been left holding the bag. Even the General Accounting Office (GAO) recognized this in their report issued this week. As they reported, the complexity and lack of guidance surrounding PPP loan forgiveness could limit the effectiveness of future rounds of the program.

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Despite these very weird and unprecedented times, I hope you’ve had some time to safely enjoy some summertime activities. At least the weather has been pleasant! 

By the time you read this we will already be well into August. Normally, your ICBND staff would be in the home stretch of preparation for our annual convention. Sadly however, for the first time in 53 years, the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota will not be holding its annual convention this summer. As you know, your convention committee and board of directors made the difficult decision to cancel the convention in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic. While the convention is off, we are moving forward to safely host a golf outing and social on Monday, August 17. I hope to see many of you later this month.

Politics, of course, are in the air again as well. Following the general election in November, the 67th Assembly of the North Dakota Legislature will hold its organizational session in early December in preparation for the 2021 legislative session which will be called to order on January 5th.

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Usually I’m not at a loss for words…probably to the chagrin of many of your association’s board members and my coworkers! But I’ve literally stared at my screen for a few minutes wondering how to characterize these times since I last penned a president’s message to you a couple months ago. And yet, I haven’t really come up with anything very prophetic.

Here's what I do know. We live in a very dynamic world. And in that dynamic environment, we’re experiencing a plethora of situations economically, medically, politically, and socially that are affecting our communities, our state, our country and our planet. Some are unprecedented. Others not so much.

I’m not going to espouse an opinion on any of these dynamics. All I know is that these times have really made me think about what matters in this life. Faith, family and relationships rise to the top of the list.

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Who could have possibly guessed three weeks ago that we’d be in the situation we are today relative to the Covid-19 virus and its dramatic effects to the global health of humanity and the economy. To say these are unprecedented times (at least during my lifetime) would be a tremendous understatement.

The last few days have been quite a whirlwind with the rollout of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Friday, April 3rd. Much has been written and discussed about the rollout. And not much of it good. It was an unmitigated disaster. Most of your lenders lived it.

What was good is that I got to witness firsthand the tenacity and perseverance of community bankers as they kept their heads up, battled through the challenges, and didn’t panic - all in the interests of assisting the small businesses in their beloved communities. In some cases, this PPP lifeline is more about saving these businesses – not just assisting.

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I hope this message finds you all enjoying a happy and prosperous 2020. Unfortunately, my Vikings will once again not be playing in the Super Bowl this weekend. But, I’m quite certain that next season is going to be our year. Oh, the curse of being a Vikings fan.

ICBND is excited about our 2020 education and advocacy sessions and encourage you to check them out at https://www.icbnd.com/ Our programming kicks off late next month in Grand Forks with the Emerging Leaders Winter meeting including the Green Room Experience and hockey at the Ralph. UND Hockey is having a fabulous year and the event should be very informational and entertaining.

We will be conducting the FDIC Bankers College on April 21 in Bismarck and April 23 in Fargo. Please plan on attending this event at either venue. The FDIC always comes with timely, germane information that helps us to be better bankers and directors. Similarly, we will be conducting the Women in Community Banking Summit in Fargo and Bismarck that same week with hopes that members can efficiently participate in both events if you’re so inclined. We are also adding a new twist to the Summit so please consider bringing one of your valued customers as well. Those are just a few of the nearly 20 live education sessions already scheduled for this year. So please keep an eye out for more information on all of these events.

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I hope this message finds you recovering from the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s truly my favorite holiday and such a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. My favorite part was spending several days with my two grandsons who make me think that I should have had them first (I hope my wife and three daughters don’t read this…and I’m pretty confident they don’t!) A close second on my favorite list is gravy and stuffing. Why don’t we have this stuff more often during the year? I suppose a regular diet of gravy probably isn’t a wise health move.

As I look back on 2019, I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to represent you all and the interests of community banking in North Dakota and nationally. And, I’m proud of our accomplishments this past year. The 66th Assembly of the North Dakota Legislature convened on January 3 this year and adjourned on April 26. It’s always a busy time during North Dakota’s statutorily-limited 80 day session and while we didn’t get everything we hoped for out of the session, community banking fared well. I often tell people that it’s more of a defensive battle than offensive at our state capitol. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always critical to advocate for our wants and needs. And, we do. But, often we spend more of our time educating and advocating against bad ideas. Sometimes those are bad ideas for community banking and sometimes they are just bad ideas for our communities. And, one thing I’ve learned is that bad ideas can come from anywhere! Much of 2020’s activities will be preparing again for the 2021 session so please stay tuned.

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Hello friends! I’d like to say it’s been a beautiful fall, but I’d be lying. Record rainfall and cold temperatures across much of the state are creating a tremendous hardship for our agricultural producers as they try to get crops off the field. After the rain event a couple weekends ago, I was visiting with a number of ag lenders from both member banks and non-member banks. One gentleman made the comment that there were significant challenges getting equipment TO the fields, much less getting IN the fields as several roads were washed out in that particular market area.

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I hope this message finds you enjoying a great North Dakota summer!

It’s hard to believe August is already here. Of course, that means your ICBND staff is in the home stretch of preparation for our 52nd annual convention. I hope you’re planning to attend. I promise it will be fun and informative! And, don’t forget to participate in Monday evening’s Superheroes them party which is sure to be entertaining.

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