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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Amazon.com 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 amazon.com and a few specific sites.

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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.

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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). 

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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.

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Bank Forward announces promotions for 2015

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

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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…. 

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Bank Forward Welcomes New Hires, February 2015

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

 

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Bank Forward Welcomes New Hires, January 2015

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

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Off-Road Vehicles… JUST as important to insure as your vehicle

By: Alicia Lunski, Insurance Sales Agent, Grand Forks

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Larry Werlinger, CIC, Fargo, named Insure Forward’s Top Producer for 2014

Mark Brown, CEO and President of Insure Forward, is proud to announce the top producers of 2014 for Insure Forward.  

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Deb Kohler, Larry Werlinger and Stacy Johnson named annual Bill Brown award winners

Bank Forward Chief Executive Officer Mark Brown and President Tom Watson are proud to announce that Deb Kohler, Larry Werlinger and Stacy Johnson have received the 2014 Bill Brown Award, Bank Forward’s highest honor for outstanding service and leadership.

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Linda Edwards, Deb Kohler and Kim Rogen named semiannual Bill Brown Award winners

Congratulations to Linda Edwards, Deb Kohler and Kim Rogen, who have been named semiannual winners of Bill Brown awards.  We are grateful for their contributions to our organization, our customers and our communities.

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Forward Foundation Announces Additions to Board

Mallory Hooey has been named to a three year term to the board of directors for Forward Foundation.  Hooey has been employed by Bank Forward since 2010 and currently is a Loan Technician in Carrington.

 

Julie Scheving has been named a corporate officer of Forward Foundation.  She is employed by Bank Forward since 2012 as a personal banking supervisor in Grand Forks.

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Bank Forward Welcomes New Hires, November/December 2014

Please join us in welcoming the newest additions to the Bank Forward team! 

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What if Your Holiday Gifts are Stolen?

Turn the news on during the holiday season and unfortunately and inevitably, you’ll see stories of how a “Grinch” stole someone’s gifts from a car or from under a Christmas tree. As you do your holiday shopping, insurance agents recommend you make sure you have the proper insurance products in the event that your prized possessions are stolen. 

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Celebrating Work Anniversaries 2014

Loyal and committed staff forms the basis of every successful business, and we feel we have the very best!  Our continued success is the direct result of individual efforts and spirit of teamwork of our employees. 

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