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ICBA Offers Tips For Financial Preparedness in a Natural Disaster

As hurricane and tornado seasons approach, the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) is offering tips to help individuals put their financial documents in order before a disaster strikes.


Online Banking Security Update!

We have good news – we’re making it easier for you to access your account online in Personal Online Banking, while continuing to protect you and your money with our powerful, multilayered security system.


Bemidji Insure Forward: New Location, Same Great Service

On June 3, 2014, Insure Forward, Bemidji, is moving to 700 Paul Bunyan Dr., NW, Bemidji. The new office shares space with Bank Forward and is on the second floor.


Auto-Owners Insurance announces Insure Forward as one of the Top 10 Growth Agencies for 2013

Auto-Owners Insurance is pleased to announce Insure Forward of Fargo and Insure Forward of Grand Forks have each been named one of the Top 10 growth agencies for the Company in the Fargo Region for 2013.


Insure Forward Welcomes New Hires, Terry Glandt & Melissa Schroeder

We are pleased to announce the two newest members of our team at Insure Forward in Valley City!


Grand Forks Kindergarten class visit to Bank Forward

We had a busy Friday here at the Bank Forward Grand Forks North branch! As part of the Junior Achievement program Melanie Slominski and volunteer for, we invited  a kindergarten class of 22 kids come visit the bank.


New Lobby & Driveup Hours for Bank Forward New Rockford Branch

Effective June 1, 2014 Driveup hours on Saturday will no longer be available at our New Rockford branch.


Bank and Insure Forward scholarship winners announced

Bank Forward President Tom Watson and Insure Forward President Toby Kommer are pleased to announce the winners of $500 educational scholarship awards from Bank/Insure Forward in 2014. We wish our scholarship winners the best of luck in their future goals!


Bank Forward donates $1,000.00 to the Wounded Warriors Project

Bank Forward donated $1,000.00 to the Wounded Warriors Project to go towards their annual Walker Retreat. Pictured here are Mark Sylstad, Bank Forward Market President, Andy Haskell, Insure Forward Sales Agent and Kelly Nelson, Walker VFW and American Legion representative.


New Terms and Conditions for Online Banking

As of April 18, 2014, our online banking service has been updated with new terms and conditions, which means that each customer will be asked to accept the new terms and conditions before online banking is accessed. 


Making the Switch has Never Been Easier!

We get it – switching banks can be a lot of work. But at Bank Forward, we don’t think it needs to be. Our personal banking officers are here to help make transferring accounts easier than you ever thought possible.


Bank Forward online and mobile banking are secure, not impacted by Heartbleed Bug

Many of you may have heard on the news about an Internet bug known as Heartbleed which exposes a flaw in communication that is securely transmitted over the Internet.  This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content.  It appears this bug may have been around for a couple of years; however, researchers just published their findings this week.


Bank Forward Welcomes New Hires!

We are please to announce the addtion of two new members to our team!


Bank Forward Raises Over $400 for Walker Area Food Shelf Drive

Bank Forward hosted a Walker Area Food Shelf Drive during the month of March, an annual fundraiser held at the Walker branch.


Distracted Driving

Did you know that distracted driving is estimated to be a factor in between 25 to 30 per cent of all traffic crashes - that's 4,000 or more crashes a day. This information comes from NETS (Network of Employers for Traffic Safety).


Flood Insurance Reform: Where are we now?

With the deadline for enrollment into the health care marketplace finally behind us, those in the insurance industry may shift our focus to more controversial legislation. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was set to see drastic changes due to the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012. Although the law was already being enforced, both the House and Senate were pushing separate bills to amend the law as recently as last month. The House bill was seeking to limit the rate increases to be more gradual with a maximum increase of 15% per year. The Senate bill would have delayed all rate hikes until September 30, 2017. The result of the House and Senate bills was a new law called Flood Insurance Homeowner Affordability Act (FIHAA). This new act was signed into law on March 21, 2014 and amended some of the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012.


Watch for Fraudulent Cashier's Checks

Bank Forward received a call March 27 from an individual out of state who was sent a cashier’s check that appeared to be drawn on Bank Forward in response to a "Paid to Drive" offer through the internet. The payee was sent more money than he expected and was instructed to wire a portion of the funds via Western Union to an Auto Support team. The recipient thought that sounded suspicious so he called Bank Forward to verify the validity of the check. This check was fraudulent.


Tips on Deducting Charitable Contributions

If you are looking for a tax deduction, giving to charity can be a ‘win-win’ situation. It’s good for them and good for you. Here are eight things you should know about deducting your gifts to charity:


Protecting Your Financial Information in a Large Scale Data Breach

Headlines about large scale data breaches can be scary, but don’t panic. There are steps you can take to protect yourself. 


Protecting Your Digital Assets After You’re Gone


You’ve created a will, written an advance health-care directive and selected an executor for your estate. You’ve let your loved ones know your wishes in terms of finances and end-of-life care, but have you thought about what happens to your Facebook page or your iTunes collection after you’re gone?


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