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August 14, 2020

Greetings!

2020 took a turn no one would have expected. We have all learned a lot in the last several months. Who would have guessed we would close our doors and send 25% of our bankers home to work, all while helping our customers with their financial needs. Things have been busy here, as we are experiencing record loan and deposit growth as well as a mortgage refinance boom. However, we also have many loans on payment deferrals and recognize that we are not out of the woods yet. We fully expect higher losses through the next couple of years. For certain groups, crisis creates opportunity. Some businesses have picked up while others are suffering from the pandemic. Regardless of your situation, please contact us if we can be of help.

Joe, Donna, & BenTeaching customers to use our electronic banking tools has been enjoyable and rewarding. The cell phone is now our busiest branch! If you would like to learn how to bank online, reach out to one of our friendly personal bankers. For those who prefer traditional face-to-face service, we are here for you too.

Interest rates are at all-time lows and might be for some time. This helps borrowers save money, but not depositors. We will always provide safety and convenience for depositors, but for those seeking higher yields, the fine folks in our Wealth Management department can find you great alternatives.

We’re all growing tired of zoom meetings. However, they sure beat exposing one another to the virus. We are thankful that we are able to stay connected to our fellow co-workers, allowing us to continue taking good care of our customers. We have now reopened our doors and are glad to help in person. Our staff is wearing masks, and we do ask you to wear one as well when coming in to keep everyone healthy.

With change comes new fraud opportunities. Our Customer Support department is ready to assist if you become or think you might be a victim. Please call the bank if you have any fraud concerns; we are here to guide you through these difficult situations.

Have you ever been locked out of online banking? We recently started a 24/7 support service to assist you whenever you need help – even outside of traditional “bankers hours.” You never have to wait for help when using these services. Simply call 563-387-5230 anytime for digital banking support.

While this is a heavy time, we have a lot to be thankful for, including each of you – our valued customers. We live in a beautiful part of the country, and during this pandemic, we realize just how fortunate we are. Fall is coming, bringing the harvest season for our hardworking farmers. We wish them a safe and bountiful harvest.

Make sure you are taking any extra time you may have to enjoy all that this area has to offer. Do some local shopping, dine on fresh produce, and get out to enjoy the fresh air.

If wondering about the best investment out there, the old adage remains true. Invest in yourself – your knowledge, your health, and your relationships.

Never hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to make your financial life the best it can be.

 

 

 

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