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

When News Breaks, Be Aware of Scams

Attackers like to use real world events when they can. Public interests can help them determine what people are more likely to click on, making their attacks more successful. Here are a few ways the news can be used against you:

• Phishing . . . → Read More: When News Breaks, Be Aware of Scams

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

Ninth Annual Shop for a Cure Event October 10

The public is invited to the 9th Annual Shop for a Cure scheduled for Thursday, October 10 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Iowa State Bank on Call Street in Algona. This year’s event features thirteen vendors, a bake sale and a door prize drawing for a gift valued at $200. Vendors will . . . → Read More: Ninth Annual Shop for a Cure Event October 10

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

What Makes a Good Password?

Choosing a good password is one of the first steps in protecting yourself online. Consider the following tips when creating a good password:

• Private: it is used and known by one person only;
• Secret: it does not appear in clear text in any file or program or on a piece of paper;
• Easily remembered: so there . . . → Read More: What Makes a Good Password?

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!