How to Prepare for Tax Season

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It’s not exactly as highly anticipated as the holidays, beach-weather days or spring, but tax season still rolls around each year and often takes taxpayers by surprise. With a little preparation, however, you don’t have to be stressed about tax season. Get tips for getting ready for April 15 here. 5 Tips to Help You… Read more »

Success Story: Supporting Communities Through Brigid’s Path

Jill Kingston with baby at Brigid's Path

When Jill Kingston and her husband became foster parents four years ago, their eyes were opened to a greater need within their community. Jill had the vision to be a part of a higher calling, leading her to found and become the executive director of nonprofit Brigid’s Path.  About Brigid’s Path Brigid’s Path, located in… Read more »

6 Retirement Planning Mistakes to Avoid

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Planning for retirement is exciting, anxiety-inducing and complicated. Sometimes it seems you can’t even plan further than the weekend, so to plan your entire work-free retirement? That seems like a lot to handle. Avoid these 6 mistakes when crafting your retirement plan When dealing with something of this magnitude, it makes sense that you’d stumble,… Read more »

9 Expenses You Can Easily Cut from Your Life

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The easiest way to maximize your paycheck is by reducing your monthly costs. Wouldn’t it be nice to boost your savings and reduce your expenses – all while working with the income you already have? Here are nine practical ways to cut down on fees and expenses from your life. 9 Ways to Reduce Expenses… Read more »

3 Tips for Paying Off Credit Card Debt

Getting your credit card down to a zero balance is possible if you know how to go about it Chances are you owe a balance on your credit card or cards. Statistics show that it is quite likely you owe more than a little. According to NerdWallet’s “2016 American Household Credit Card Debt Study,” the… Read more »

Is a farm expansion or ag building renovation in your future?

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Are you considering a farm expansion, building renovation or new start-up? For farmers looking to expand or start a new operation, it can feel overwhelming. There are the pressures of purchasing the right land or equipment at the right price, developing a business plan and, of course, being a good community partner and steward of… Read more »

Save with a VA Loan Program

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Financial loan and savings programs exist to help support our honored U.S. veterans. Many of these financing and banking options provide better rates than conventional loans, with some even offering up to 100% financing. The most popular VA program is a VA home loan. What is a VA Home Loan? A VA home loan is… Read more »

How One Local Farmer Put Down Roots with Minster Bank

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As a child, Dan Klosterman recalls his parents opening his first savings account with Minster Bank. From his first deposit to his first car loan to financing his farm expansion, he has turned to Minster Bank. Why? Because longevity, trust and personal service still mean a lot in ag business. This business mindset and deep… Read more »

Success Story: Never Too Young for Entrepreneurship

new bremen massage clinic employees

Starting a business at age 21 is scary and nerve-racking, to say the least. You have no idea what you are doing and “literally, no money,” laughs Karla Thornton, owner of the New Bremen Massage Clinic. That was 10 years ago and one-third of the business she has now. Since opening in 2007, Thornton has… Read more »