Where would you go with an unlimited Travel Card?

We asked our staff in Cooperstown, Bemidji and Grand Forks "If you had an unlimited travel card this summer, where would you go and why?" Curious about what they said? Read on!



BHS Swim Team & Forward Foundation’s “Swim for a Cause” Event: A swimmer shares his story

When Forward Foundation teamed up with the Bemidji High School Swim Team for this year’s “Swim for a Cause” fundraiser, we had no idea the that we’d hit so close to home. It was in an email sent by a swim team member’s grandmother that we learned one of the swimmers helping to raise money for the event was also a survivor of childhood cancer.



Wills and Estate Planning – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Have you thought about what will happen to your assets when you’re gone? Most Americans, in fact, have not. But it doesn’t have to be so daunting.


Coverages to Consider for Your Boat

You are finally ready to buy that boat you have been dreaming about for years! But before the loan can be finalized, they need proof of insurance. 



Summer Fun, Insured - Part 2

It's vacation season! But before you hit the road this summer, check with your insurance agent to make sure you’re properly protected. Here are some tips to review your coverage to make sure you and your family are insured for the increased risks that come with summer travel. 



Summer Fun, Insured

Summer’s in full swing…and the weather just keeps getting better. Before you put the boat on the lake or get the ATV out of storage, check with your insurance agent to make sure you’re properly protected. 



Mark Sylstad on Leadership: Kelly Nelson and the Wounded Warriors

Recently, Bank Forward hosted a leadership event at Camp Fish in Walker, Minnesota. Kelly Nelson, of the Walker American Legion, was one of our guest speakers. Nelson, along with Hiawatha Beach Resort owner Larry Jacobson, worked with the Wounded Warriors Project and area businesses, like Bank Forward, to raise money and organize the largest event the WWP has hosted yet.  Mark Sylstad, Bank Forward Walker Market President, shares with us a little about Nelson’s story. 



Kari Belanger receives CISR designation

Kari Belanger, Customer Service Agent at Insure Forward, Bemidji, has completed the requirements for the Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation.


We Appreciate our Employees!

This summer, several Bank and Insure Forward locations hosted employee appreciation lunches to say thank you for all of the hard work and commitment our staff has shown to the success of our customers and our organization. Here are a a few comments from some of those who attended.


Congratulations to our new Employee Owners!

Our employee ownership is one the many things that separates us from other organizations. 



Bank Forward Walker House Demolition

It's the end of an era at Bank Forward. Thursday, June 13th, the house behind the Walker bank was torn down, making room for what's next at our Walker location! 


Bemidji Swim for a Cause Fundraiser

Friday August 9, 2013, starting at 7 a.m.* the Bemidji High School Swim Team will swim Lake Bemidji. The swimmers will start at the Bemidji Town & Country Club and end at Green Mill.


Dress For Success: How What You Wear Affects Your Career

Bank Forward training coordinator, Cheryl Vigesaa, shares her insights on how dressing the part is an important step as you move forward in your career. 


Vacation Preparation: Is Your House Ready for your Summer Trip?

You’re all set to leave on your summer trip – but is your house as vacation-ready? Here are some helpful tips to prepare your home before your departure so you can travel worry-free!



Why Purchasing a Personal Umbrella Policy is a Wise Decision

One of the most important insurance policies you can buy is the personal umbrella policy, but many people are unaware they need one.



Forward Foundation Rummage Sale - Bemidji

On Saturday, June1 we held a rummage sale at Insure Forward in Bemidji with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Forward Foundation. The rummage sale went very well and was a great community event to help spread the word about our cause!


Using Technology to Remain Financially Fit

Adapted from the article originally published by the FDIC, available at 


If you’re interested in trying out a new banking technology but you’re not sure what’s available or how it would be helpful for you, read on. This article offers an overview today's mobile services - and many of them and free!


2013 Bank and Insure Forward Scholarship Winners

Bank and Insure Forward is pleased to announce the winners of their 2013 Education Scholarships. Bank/Insure Forward’s scholarship program is based upon individual student grades, participation in extracurricular activates and community involvement.


Insure Forward earns award from ACUITY

ACUITY recently recognized Insure Forward for their 25th anniversary of their business relationship.


Small business basics: Start with a business plan

You have a great idea for a business. You’ve also heard common statistics such as those from the Small Business Administration that say only 56% of all small businesses are still around at their five-year mark.  



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