Thank you, Terry Schock, for your years of service!

Bank Forward would like toannounce that we have accepted the resignation of Terry Schock, Payroll Clerk at our Jamestown Tax Forward office.


Top 10 Tips to Know if You Get a Letter from the IRS

The IRS mails millions of notices and letters to taxpayers each year. There are a variety of reasons why we might send you a notice. Here are the top 10 tips to know in case you get one.


Thank you, Julie Sedler for your 20+ years of service!

Bank Forward would like to announce that we have accepted the resignation of Julie Sedler, Loan Technician II at our Cooperstown office. Julie will be entering the wonderful world of retirement this month, with her last day of employment being Thursday, April 16th.


Insure Forward Named One of Western National’s Top 25 Central Region Agency Partners

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group today announced that Fargo-based Insure Forward has been named one of Western National’s Top 25 Central Region Agency Partners for 2015.


The Challenge of Buying Insurance on the Internet

Recently, I received a phone call:  “Hey Alicia, I just got a quote online and it is $50 less than what I am paying right now.  Why are you overcharging me?”


Jamestown and Fargo police warn of counterfeit bills

Jamestown and Fargo police have both reported counterfeit bills have recently been circulated in their city. Denominations found to have been faked include $100, $50 and $5 bills.


ICBA and Bank Forward Kick Off Community Banking Month

Community banks build better communities


Bank Forward Employee News, March 2015

Welcome and Congratulations!


American Red Cross Dakotas Region

Tom Watson, Bank Forward President, Fargo, is pleased to announce that Bank Forward has been named a Partner in Recovery by American Red Cross Dakotas Region.


Are you prepared for the worst?

I was recently watching the 10 p.m. local news coverage of two fires that occurred in Grand Forks. Every time I hear about a fire on the news, I say a little prayer wishing the family luck and health on the journey of rebuilding from the damage.


Bill Markovich & Stephanie LeDuc Qualify for Investment Centers of America's National Conference

Bill Markovich and Stephanie LeDuc will join more than 200 of their fellow representatives at the Investment Centers of America, Inc. (ICA) national education conference in San Antonio, TX.  The annual event, scheduled for March 11-14 at the J W Marriott Hill Country Resort, will provide an opportunity for attendees to share strategies for developing effective solutions to assist clients with their financial goals.  Only the top ICA representatives receive an invitation to this conference.


Child Identity Theft

A child's Social Security number can be used by identity thieves to apply for government benefits, open bank and credit card accounts, apply for a loan or utility service, or rent a place to live. Check for a credit report to see if your child’s information is being misused. Take immediate action if it is.

Many school forms require personal and, sometimes, sensitive information. Find out how your child’s information is collected, used, stored, and thrown away. Your child’s personal information is protected by law. Asking schools and other organizations to safeguard your child’s information can help minimize your child’s risk of identity theft.


Laptop Security

Treat your laptop like cash.

If you had a wad of money sitting out in a public place, would you turn your back on it — even for just a minute? Would you put it in checked luggage? Leave it on the backseat of your car? Of course not. Keep the same watchful eye on your laptop as you would on your cash.


How NOT to use a gift card

Thinking about giving a fancy new gadget as a gift? Or maybe there’s something on your wish list? If so, you might be tempted by an ad for high-tech at a low price. But if a merchant other than asks you to pay using an Amazon gift card, it’s probably a scam. In fact, Amazon’s gift card terms don’t allow you to use Amazon gift cards to make payments anywhere besides and a few specific sites.


Data Privacy

There are practical things you can do to protect your personal information. Here are a few scenarios where people may share more information than they intend.


Lois Bednar named Bank Forward’s Chief Governance Officer, elected to Board of Directors

Bank Forward CEO Mark Brown is pleased to announce thatLois Bednar, Fargo, has been appointed Chief Governance Officer and elected to serve on the Bank Forward Board of Directors.   Bednar, a senior vice president at Bank Forward, also serves as chief risk officer and trustee for Bank Forward’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). 


Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Identifies Five Easy Ways to Spot Suspicious Call

The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.


Bank Forward announces promotions for 2015

Grand Forks ND—Bank Forward CEO Mark Brown is pleased to announce the following promotions.


NEWS FLASH…you’re right, no one is perfect

Being a personal lines insurance agent sure has its glories and its days when you go home and want to pull out every strand of hair on your head…. 


Bank Forward Welcomes New Hires, February 2015

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of our team!



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