New Year’s Resolutions — For Your Wallet!

As you’re considering your New Year’s resolutions for 2014, don’t forget to think about your money. The New Year is a great time to assess your finances, gain control and stick to a new budget or saving plan. Taking control of your personal finances will allow you to save and prepare for unexpected expenses. Here are . . . → Read More: New Year’s Resolutions — For Your Wallet!

IRS Warns of Tax-Time Scams

It’s true: tax scams proliferate during the income tax filing season. This year’s season opens on Jan. 31. The IRS provides the following scam warnings so you can protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim of these crimes:

• Be vigilant of any unexpected communication purportedly from the IRS at the start of tax season.
• Don’t fall for phone . . . → Read More: IRS Warns of Tax-Time Scams

Sharing Tree Grows for a Decade in Ruthven

It’s a Christmas tradition in Ruthven. Iowa State Bank in Ruthven is putting up the Sharing Tree for the tenth year. Employees invite area residents to make Christmas special through this gift program for residents at the Ruthven Community Care Center, Assisted Living Center and RCCC Villa.

Since 2003 the bank has displayed the Sharing Tree that . . . → Read More: Sharing Tree Grows for a Decade in Ruthven

Protect Your Physical Wallet

As consumers spend time online protecting their identity, now is a good time to look at how you store personal information in and around your home. Local bankers urge you to protect your physical wallet with these tips:
1. Safeguard your identity in physical locations. Secure your valuables – electronic devices, purses, wallets, etc. Do not leave . . . → Read More: Protect Your Physical Wallet

Top Iowa Workplace 2 Years Running

Top WorkplaceFor the second consecutive year Iowa State Bank has been selected as one of Iowa’s Top Workplaces as announced in the Des Moines Sunday Register on Sunday, September 22, according to bank president Tom Larson. The bank ranked seventh in the state for small employers . . . → Read More: Top Iowa Workplace 2 Years Running

Iowa State Bank Achieves Blue Zones* Worksite Status

Blue Zones Worksite Iowa State Bank of Algona is pleased to announce their status as a BLUE ZONES* designated worksite in Algona!

The bank received news of their achievement from Jenny Weber, Community Health Consultant for the BLUE ZONES* Project. “We’re proud of achieving this designation . . . → Read More: Iowa State Bank Achieves Blue Zones* Worksite Status

Got a Charity that’s Near & Dear?

Consider using Qualified Charitable Distributions to benefit you and your favorite non-profit

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) from your IRA account are authorized for 2013 as long as they are made by December 31, 2013. Local charities and other non-profit organizations benefit when qualifying individuals make QCDs. The individual benefits, too. A QCD is a tax-free distribution and . . . → Read More: Got a Charity that’s Near & Dear?

School Supply Drive Gives Kids the “Write” Start

Kool Kat Teaches Kids to Save

Kool Kat made an appearance in Ruthven during this year’s school supply drive!

Thanks to the generosity of area residents and Iowa State Bank, kids in the Ruthven-Ayrshire Schools will start the school year with the right supplies for a successful school year.

Jon . . . → Read More: School Supply Drive Gives Kids the “Write” Start

9th Annual School Supply Drive a Success!

Area residents worked together to present CWL Schools with the supplies needed for a successful school year. CWL Schools Principal Jon Hueser received the cash donations and school materials for the 2013– 2014 school year presented by Corinna Hefty. The bank donated $250 and collected approximately $100 in cash donations along with two large boxes full . . . → Read More: 9th Annual School Supply Drive a Success!

Bank Gift Boosts YMCA’s Fiscal Fitness

Iowa State Bank announced a $75,000 gift to the Algona Family YMCA’s capital debt reduction campaign designed to boost the YMCA’s fiscal fitness.

Bank president Tom Larson announced the $75,000 pledge over three years. The Algona Family YMCA is working to raise a total of $1.5 million to eliminate its capital debt. “We are pleased to . . . → Read More: Bank Gift Boosts YMCA’s Fiscal Fitness