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December 16, 2021
Arcadian Bank sustained significant damage to its Hartland bank building during the severe weather storms on the evening of December 15th. There was extensive damage to the exterior of the building, mostly on the southwest side, with windows blown out and debris scattered inside. Some of the brickwork on the east side was also torn off. The interior, other than miscellaneous debris, is mostly intact. At this time it is unknown specifically how much structural damage was sustained. The safe deposit vault was undamaged and remains secure with plans being made to relocate the safe deposit boxes to our Albert Lea location. If access to a safe deposit box vault is needed urgently, please contact our Albert Lea or Freeborn locations to discuss.
Rest assured that our customers’ accounts and information is safe. Our Albert Lea and Freeborn locations are open and fully operating. All accounts are accessible, and any banking transactions can be conducted from our Albert Lea and Freeborn locations or online. The Hartland branch will be closed until further notice, and staff members will be temporarily reassigned to other branches.
“We try to plan for things like this, but no amount of planning can prepare you for seeing sections of the 100+ year old building where our bank started turned into rubble. Nobody was hurt, and buildings can be repaired or rebuilt. This is a sad event to end the year, but we will persevere.” says President Mark Heinemann. We remain positive and fully dedicated to the community of Hartland. Our core values and mission statement will ensure that our organization and customers will get through this unfortunate event.
We are COMMUNITY OWNED COMMUNITY FOCUSED and truly appreciate the thoughts and kind words during this time. If you have any further questions or need assistance please call 507-373-1945.
In an effort to protect our staff and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community our Albert Lea lobby will remain closed and the drive up hours will be:
Freeborn and Hartland branches will be open normal hours.
We are still fully available to serve your banking needs by phone 507-373-1945 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Our Hartland and Freeborn locations will now be offering Curbside Banking during their normal business hours Monday – Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm. Please use the following procedure:
And as always please call for special appointments or assistance with any of your banking needs!
We are proud of the work Minnesotans and our community has done to promote public health by staying at home and social distancing. Farmers State Bank’s top priority is to continue to ensure the safety of our staff and citizens of our community by continuing to keep all our lobbies closed until further notice. The Albert Lea drive up hours will continue to be 7:30am – 4:00pm. We can assure you that we are fully functioning through the drive thru, limited in branch staff, and employees working remotely. Appointments can be made for necessary banking services. Please feel free to call us, e-mail us, or reach out through social media or online banking with any questions or financial needs you may have. We are following the guidance set forth by the government and medical professionals, as well as keeping true to our organizational mission statement and values that we value. FSB feels that by continuing to successfully operate and serve our customers from a safe distance we also ensuring the public’s safety while other businesses are being allowed to open. There are still hard times ahead, and the effects of COVID-19 will have a long road of recovery for many. Farmers State Bank is here for you during these times and we encourage you to reach out to us with your situation.
The Minnesota Stay At Home executive order has been extended to May 4th by Governor Tim Walz. We commend the state of Minnesota and our local community for your sacrifice in abiding by the Stay At Home order by practicing social distancing. We are so thankful for all our healthcare workers and those in the frontline helping to serve our community during this time of need. All FSB lobbies will remain closed through Friday May 1st. The drive up in our Albert Lea location will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30am – 4:00pm for essential banking transactions. Most of our staff is working from home, but remains committed to serving our customers needs by assisting with COVID-19 relief resources, home mortgage services, new accounts, assisting with online banking, and any necessary banking needs. We are here for you and encourage FSB customers to reach out to us if you are facing financial difficulty due to these unprecedented times. As a community bank we are devoted to doing the best that we can to take care of our customers and the community we serve.
Please stay home and stay healthy!
Governor Walz has issued a Stay At Home order for the state of Minnesota effective March 27th through April 10th. He is strongly encouraging citizens and organizations for their cooperation and collaboration in efforts to stay at home to help reduce the spread and ensure adequate resources are available to combat COVID-19. As we’ve stated before, the safety of our employees, customers and community are our top priority. Banks have been defined in the “critical sector” and essential workers. Therefore, effective Monday March 30th through Friday April 10th all Farmers State Bank lobbies will remain closed and our Albert Lea drive up hours will be 7:30am – 4:00pm. We remain committed to serving our customers, but also to our community by attempting to limit personal contact as much as possible. We are still here to serve your financial needs and feel free to call us or reach out online with any questions or concerns you may have.
Stay home and stay healthy!
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a resource for small businesses with significant income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If anyone needs help with the application process or if you have any questions please reach out to FSB’s commercial lending department by calling 507-373-1945.
If you are a worker who has lost your job or had hours reduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic apply for Unemployment Insurance. FSB understands the impact this has on daily life, and we encourage any of our customers experiencing financial difficulty to please contact us by phone at 507-373-1945 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEED has established a loan program to assist small businesses affected by 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. Please reach out to our commercial lending department by calling 507-373-1945 with any questions or concerns.
We are in this together!
Among the uncertainty, worry, unpredictability, concern, and uneasiness of these times the FDIC is reminding Americans that FDIC insured banks remain the safest place to keep your money. Since 1933, no depositor has ever lost a penny of FDIC- insured funds. Farmers State Bank customers still have full access to their accounts though online banking, mobile banking, by calling any branch location, night depository, drive up service in our Albert Lea location, and by special appointments.
Visit the FDIC website for more information on FDIC insurance and FAQs for bank customers affected by COVID-19.
And as always please feel free to call us with any concerns you may have.
Farmers State Bank is a full service community bank in every sense of the word. We have been around since 1912, and have weathered many storms. The Coronavirus pandemic is extremely unfortunate, and it is in times like this that community banking matters. We want ALL our customers to know that we are here for you. We understand and see the impact this has on daily life. FSB strongly encourages customers finding themselves facing financial difficulties to please reach out to us. We are committed to each persons’ situation on a case by case basis, and will work with you to come up with a solution that works for you. Government and local agencies are also developing specialized programming and we will collaborate with them when possible. Farmers State Bank is truly COMMUNITY OWNED COMMUNITY FOCUSED.
Contact us by phone: 507-373-1945
Or contact your local lender directly
As a community bank, it is our responsibility to help stop the spread of this virus through whatever means possible, while still serving our customers’ financial needs. Farmers State Bank strives to live out our mission statement “To improve the lives of our employees, shareholders, and community members” by taking these next steps in our pandemic response plan. WE WILL BE CLOSING THE FREEBORN AND HARTLAND BRANCHES AND GOING TO DRIVE THRU ONLY IN OUR ALBERT LEA LOCATION FROM: WEDNESDAY MARCH 18TH – FRIDAY MARCH 27TH.
Deposits through the night drop will be processed a couple times a day as staffing allows. We will be accepting appointments for loans, safe deposit box access, and various other necessary banking needs. We want you to feel confident in our ability to continue to meet your financial needs and offer many convenient banking options listed below.
We also understand that there may be instances where customers find themselves facing difficulties. Farmers State Bank is here to help and we encourage customers who may be impacted to please reach out and call us as 507-373-1945 to discuss how we might be of assistance.
Farmers State Bank is monitoring and taking actions to respond to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As always, the health, safety and well-being of our customers, employees and community members is our top priority! Farmers State Bank is prepared and has a disaster recovery policy that includes plans for a pandemic event. At this time, all three of our branch locations (Albert Lea, Freeborn, Hartland) are open and fully operating.
We are asking that all our employees and customers cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases by following the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC and World Health Organization. Farmers State Bank offers many alternate banking solutions for those that wish to limit public interactions as much as possible.
Customer Appreciation Event– September 15th from 4-7pm at Edgewater Bay Pavilion in Albert Lea
Albert Lea Tribune “Farmers State Bank Sold to 78 People” (April 17th, 2014)
NW Financial Review “Transaction Account” (July 2014)
NW Financial Review “Southern Minnesota Banker Rises from Mall Kiosk to Corner Office” Mark Heinemann Rising Star in Banking (July 2015)
Independent Banker Magazine “Best Community Banks To Work For-2019” (December 2019)