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.  



Top 10 Facts every consumer needs to know about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

"Everyone lives in a flood zone" and 9 other helpful tips, courtesy FEMA, on flood insurance. Still have questions after reading? Contact an agent today! 



Invest Forward Donates Signed Parise Jersey to UMC

The University of Minnesota Crookston will auction off a framed autographed Zach Parise Minnesota Wild jersey in a timed raffle during their annual UMC Teambacker “Fun Nite” held Friday, April 26 at the Crookston Eagles.


Spring Clean Your Financial Records: What to Toss & When

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


Tax season is wrapping up. Now, you’re left with a refund (if you’re lucky) and piles of documents you’re unsure what to do with.


Convenience of Mobile Banking

Technological devices such as tablets and cell phones have made it easy to stay connected every minute of every day. Bank customers benefit because they can use mobile devices to view accounts whenever they want by mobile banking. 



2013 Bank Forward Employee Dependent Scholarship Winner, Casey Murphy

Bank Forward believes in their community’s future leaders and wants to help them attain their goals by rewarding them for their accomplishments in academics, activities, as well as their community involvement.


Many Happy Returns – an Employee Survey

Are you getting a big fat refund this year, or writing a check to the IRS for taxes owed? We asked Bank and Insure Forward employees in Fargo, Grand Forks and New Rockford what they are doing with their tax refund. 



Finance 101: Tips for Kids

The school year is wrapping up but learning is something that never ends. We asked Cooperstown and Wimbledon employees, "What financial life lessons did you (will you) give your own kids?" Here’s food for thought from the Bank Forward pros.



Hiring Subcontractors

What you are required to do when you hire a subcontractor 


Reprinted by permission of SFM 


Hiring an uninsured subcontractor poses a significant liability to your organization. This liability can affect your workers compensation premium substantially. This notice explains what you must do to avoid unexpected additions to your premium.


Refund Anticipation Checks (RACs)

If you’re considering a national tax preparer that promises faster refunds by offering Refund Anticipation checks (RACs), get the full story.


“Free” Tax Prep?

You have likely seen or heard advertisements on billboard, TV or radio for “free tax filing” of 1040EZ returns this season from certain tax preparation companies. 


Beware! We think it's important to know exactly what this means to avoid unanticipated tax preparation costs and fees associated with financial products that promise fast refunds, such as Refund Anticipation Checks.



Alicia Driscoll Promoted to Personal Lines Sales Agent

Insure Forward, Grand Forks, announces that Alicia Driscoll has been promoted to Personal Lines Sales Agent.


Do your employees drive their own vehicles for work purposes?

If your employee uses his or her own personal vehicle for work-related duties, what happens if he or she has an accident? Generally, your employee’s auto insurance company would pay for any damage, but if their coverage is insufficient, who pays? 



Trenbeath Named Grand Forks Market President


Bank Forward, Grand Forks, announces that Brady Trenbeath has been promoted to Market President for the Grand Forks Bank Forward locations.


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