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More CD terms are available. Contact a personal banker to help you set up the best CD options for your savings plan or open your new CD online within minutes here.

Certificates of Deposit (CDs) earn interest and have no monthly service charge. *Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective as of 02/14/18 and subject to change. $2,500 minimum deposit. Withdrawals are subject to early withdrawal penalties which may reduce earnings.



Joe, Donna, & BenGreetings!

Just as shopping locally is good for our local economy – supporting small businesses who are neighbors and friends, so too is banking locally. We know you have many choices about where to bank, both locally and online, so we work hard to earn and retain your business and trust.

The Bank had a solid 2017 with record loan growth fueled by some large ag and commercial projects. We couldn’t finance such initiatives without our good depositing customers which we appreciate! Thank you for trusting us to keep your money safe. When your deposit is made in our Bank that money multiplies many times over in the local economy as the bank provides loans.

Let’s say you make a $10,000 deposit, the bank holds approximately 10% in reserves to meet the needs of depositors wanting to withdraw funds and then lends out the other 90%. This $9,000 loan eventually makes its way back into the bank in the form of $9,000 in deposits. Banks hold 10% in reserve again and lend 90% of the $9,000, or $8,100 out. And this goes on over and over – $8,100, $7,290, $6,561 and so on. The original $10,000 that went into the banking system, through the issuance of credit, places nearly $100,000 into the economy. This is a simplification of what’s called the multiplier effect, and is how a bank works.

Our commitment to you is to offer excellent service and competitive pricing. If ever you think we failed in our promise, please call on us or any employee-owner and we will discuss your concerns with you.

Thank you for banking with us and we wish you a happy and prosperous 2018!

Retirement Just AheadJanuary 19, 2018 – Decorah and Cresco – If you’re following a retirement savings plan, you are ahead of 80% of us. There’s no easy way to say this: Americans are not saving for their futures. You can be in the top 20% of the population. The numbers for retirement savings look discouraging with the average couple only having put away $5,000 specifically for retirement. Only a third of working Americans are saving money in an employer-sponsored retirement account, according to U.S. Census Bureau as reported in Bloomberg. This means two-thirds of the population need to do their retirement planning outside of the workplace which could be intimidating or out of reach for some.

How much you save makes all the difference in retirement. To some, it means you can live in a beach house instead of a sand castle. Without savings, you could spend it working, and that’s if you’re lucky. Nearly half of retirees left work earlier than planned, most commonly due to  health issues, according to a recent survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Additionally, retirement planning is not just how much you save, but how you save or invest that matters to help you prepare for most any situation.

Are you on track for your retirement? Here’s a self-check:

  • I have a good understanding of my finances.
  • I am confident in my cash flow for retirement.
  • I know my money saved is working hard for me.
  • I know when and how to take funds out of my saving tools when it’s needed.
  • My retirement funds will support the lifestyle that I want.

If you didn’t answer yes to all of these items, you have some decisions to make. You can do what you’ve been doing or put a solid action plan in place. Don’t miss this opportunity to make your money work hard for you. We have the tools to help. Connect with us.


Teddy Bear winners

Congratulations to our Christmas Coloring Contest winners! Top row (l-r): Jasera Tweten, Danika Mueller, Elia Atkins, and Brandi Nehls. Front row (l-r): Ryder Benzing, Gabe Danielson, Sawyer Zoulek, and Cayden Fritz. Not pictured: Lewis L. and Eloise L. Thanks to all the kiddos that participated in our coloring contest!

Picture of Muriel LenschDecember 26, 2017 – Decorah – Muriel Lensch is retiring from a 40-year career at Decorah Bank & Trust Co., most recently as a Home Mortgage Lender. Please join us for a retirement open house in honor of Muriel from 11 am – 2 pm on Friday, January 12, 2018, in the bank lobby.

“We are honored that Muriel spent her entire career with the Bank, and we congratulate her on her retirement,” said Home Mortgage EVP Joe Grimstad. Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy this celebration of our friend and colleague.

To Muriel: Enjoy the new adventures of your future and savor the memories of the thousands of the people you helped during your career. We wish you all the best in your retirement.

Winners and Presidents

The power of the debit card.

December 20, 2017 – Decorah & Cresco – It pays to shop and dine locally. Congratulations to Matt McIntyre of Decorah and Richard Burgess of Cresco who each won $500 for shopping locally with their Bank debit card. Thank you to all of you who made a concerted effort to support local business during our “You have the power. Shop local.” promotion. We’ve received positive feedback from business owners, managers, customers, and friends.

Here’s how it worked: Customers that used their Bank debit card at area businesses in Howard and Winneshiek County were automatically entered to win $500 in November and December. Every business weekday, we would randomly select (via a super-smart computerized program) one person’s name as a qualifying contestant. It was fun calling the qualifiers and listening to their stories of why they enjoy supporting local businesses.  There was even a way for people that don’t have our debit card to participate. See qualifiers and details here.

You are the heart of the community. Thank you for supporting your local shops, restaurants, and businesses of all sorts. Thank you for supporting our family and employee-owned business. We feel the love and we’re grateful for you.

Let us know your thoughts. Should we offer a shop local promotion similar to this again in the future? We’d love to know what’s on your mind.

Lauren standing by the cookies and apple ciderJoin Us.

Decorah & Cresco – We admit it. Baked cookies and hot cinnamon apple cider are one of our favorite things to share on special occasions. Our employee-owners at both Decorah and Cresco locations will be serving up these goodies during our week-long open house celebration during business hours through Friday, December 22, 2017. We’ll also be announcing two $500 winners of our Shop Local promotion, and we’ll share news of an upcoming retirement (who could it be?) with a display in the lobby. We would love to see you. Take a little time to enjoy – our treat! Merry Christmas!

Mel standing next to the Coin machineDecember 8, 2017 – Decorah – Quick! Gather the coins from under the couch cushions and grab your coin stash!

Bring in your coins and help us test out a new self-serve coin deposit machine located in our Decorah Bank lobby for a couple of weeks. Just follow the simple instructions on the machine, walk a few steps to one of our friendly tellers, hand them the receipt that you received, and the teller will deposit or cash out the amount on your receipt. It’s easy! We would love to hear what you think. So go ahead, bring in your jar, tin, or container of coins and give this self-service machine a try.

Have young children? Bring them along, we’re told they love sorting coins and having that money deposited into their Kids’ Club account. Of course, our tellers are always happy to do the coin sorting for you if you’re not interested in this service. Our world revolves around you and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

New employee parking lot

December 1, 2017 – Decorah – Final touches are happening on the 32kw solar canopy in Decorah Bank’s new employee parking lot. This solar array will offset electricity equating to the use of 3 average-sized homes. The new lot also features rainwater runoff control and will provide 23 parking spaces for our growing team.

Written by Ben Wells, eBanking SpecialistIdentity Thief

November 15, 2017 – Decorah & Cresco – Cybersecurity. Data Breaches. Identify Theft. These are words and phrases we hear a lot these days. In fact, something about cyber fraud appears in the news so often, we can almost get numb to it and disregard it as just another thing going on in the world. Sadly, cybersecurity is something that should be taken seriously, and you cannot let your guard down at any time. Following simple steps, and a little vigilance, can save you a great deal of time, hassle, and possibly money.

You should first know what criminals are after in order to know what to protect. You might be correctly assuming that criminals are looking for anything they can get their hands on. Data breaches like Target (2013) or Home Depot (2014) were targeted at debit and credit card information. Criminals use the information they steal to create cards of their own and go shopping on your behalf. Breaches like Anthem (2015) or Equifax (2017) are targeted at information like social security numbers, addresses, and birthdates. This information gets used to commit identity fraud, and open credit cards or to get loans using your name and good credit.

Luckily, there are things you can do to help protect yourself. Most credit cards, and debit cards (like the ones issued at Decorah Bank & Trust) now have a chip installed in the card. Using this chip to make your payment encrypts the transaction, so even if a criminal steals data from that retailer, your information is safe. Using mobile wallets, like Apple Pay or Samsung Pay do the same thing. This can be especially useful in the case of a gas pump that doesn’t have a chip reader installed at the pump, but accepts mobile payments.

Protecting your personal information is a little more difficult, but still manageable. The most proactive action you can take is putting a freeze on your credit. This should be done at all three major credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian). There is a small fee, but once the freeze is in place, nothing can ping your credit report. If a criminal is trying to open a loan with your stolen information, your file cannot be accessed to approve the transaction. Your credit is still accessible to you – you only need to call the credit bureau and unfreeze your credit file when you need it.

There are also several companies offering to monitor your information for you, at a cost. Many of these companies tout the ability to scan the internet for use of your social security number and alert you when something does ping your credit file. Some offer insurance in the case that you do suffer identity fraud. Do your own due diligence before choosing a company to make sure they are legitimate and offer protection you are comfortable with.

At the rate data breaches are occurring, it won’t be long until every person in the USA is affected in some way. Paying attention to your information and taking a few steps is key in preventing your information from being “out there”, or at the very least, making it unusable for anyone who might have it. As an account holder with the bank, you have access to Cyber ScoutTM, a service that can assist you in the event you are the victim of identity theft. Contact us with your questions, and we’ll do what we can to help you stay cyber-safe!