You can find us at our new home address; web address, that is!

You can find us at our new home address; web address, that is!

If you’ve ever talked to one of our bankers or needed to get to our website, you’ve probably noticed that our website address of gets to be a mouth-full and can easily be entered or written incorrectly. We are really excited to share that we have a new, simple URL.

With our website address changing, your favorite bankers’ email addresses will be evolving as well. Starting Friday, May 3rd, you will notice emails coming from an address. Be sure to white list or update your “safe senders” in your email application so that you don’t miss any communications from us. 

Updating Safe Senders List

At First International Bank & Trust, we’ve reached out to the three most common email providers for how to steps to update your safe sender list. See below and follow the simple steps to ensure your list is updated. 

  1. On the Home tab, click Junk, and then click Junk E-mail Options.

  2. On the Safe Senders tab, check the Automatically add people I e-mail to the Safe Senders List box. 

    Note: Do not automatically include contacts in the Safe Sender List

  1. In Gmail, click the Create a Filter link which is placed right next to the search box. 

  2. In the From: Field, enter the email address or addresses, domain name, or even the actual names of the people who you would like to add to the safe sender list. You can separate multiple entries using OR (in all Caps) or with the bar sign (|). 

  3. Upon completion, click Next and select Never Send it to Spam. 

  1. Click on the Settings.

  2. Click Filters and then Add. 

  3. Enter a Filter Name.

  4. Enter the domain of the email you what to whitelist in the Sender field or enter the email address you want to whitelist in the Recipient field. 

  5.  Select Inbox as the folder to deliver the email. 

  6. Click Save and then click Save again.

Celebrating Five Years of Live First Community Grants with $25,000

Celebrating Five Years of Live First Community Grants with $25,000

We believe in giving back to our communities and neighbors because ultimately, if they’re healthy and thriving, so are we. Non-profit organizations support quality of life in the communities we serve, helping those in need, and giving shape to bold dreams, and noble causes.

We support the work of do-gooders, dream-makers, and care-takers every day. In an effort to promote and support the important work done by our non-profits, we’re upping the ante for this year’s Live First Community Grant program which will award a total of $25,000 to a project or cause that makes a difference within the community.

2019 Live First Community Giving Grant categories are as follows:

  • Grand Prize: $10,000

  • NEW this year! Rising Star: this grant is designed for new projects or non-profits, or existing non-profits with new initiatives in need of a little kick-start. Five winners will be selected from across our footprint to receive $2,000 each.

  • Fan Favorite: this grant of up to $1,000 each will be awarded based on the most votes from FIBT social media fans 

Many of our customers and community members are already actively involved with great causes that could qualify for the Live First Community Giving Grant. Ideas could include:

  • Supporting animal shelter operations

  • Volunteering and buying supplies for a food bank

  • Updating playground equipment at a community park

  • Starting a community garden for growing vegetables

  • Purchasing a new piano for your local theater program

You can see the impact this program made for one of our previous winners here!

How to Apply:

If your organization is interested in applying for a Live First Community Giving Grant, please click here to apply between Wednesday, April 3, 2019 and Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 11:59 AM CST for instructions to submit your application and to see the Official Rules.

Applicants –visit the First International Bank & Trust Facebook page during the voting period and share your entry any time you want to remind your friends to vote. Just click “View Entries,” find your own entry and then Share. Don’t forget to spread the word! You can share on Social Media, send emails and ask your friends to do the same! Use #Livefirst in your social media posts!

How to Vote:

Click here to vote for an organization that applied for the Live First Community Giving Grant between Wednesday, April 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM CST and Wednesday, May 8th, 2019. Here you will see each organization that applied.

Please feel free to like, share and promote the Live First Community Giving Grant program on First International Bank & Trust’s Facebook page as we know many of our customers and community members are actively involved with non-profit organizations throughout our community.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Best of luck to all applicants – we look forward to hearing your ideas!

Romance Scams Will Cost You

Romance Scams Will Cost You

by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. You may think you spend a lot on flowers or chocolate, but losing money in a romance scam would cost you even more. Last year, people reported losing $143 million to romance scams – a higher total than for any other type of scam reported to the FTC. And, according to a new FTC Data Spotlight, reports of romance scams are on the rise.

You may read the full article here: Read more >

First International Insurance Acquires Johnson & Johnson Insurance Agency, LLC in Moorhead, MN

First International Insurance Acquires Johnson & Johnson Insurance Agency, LLC in Moorhead, MN

FARGO, ND – January 2, 2019: First International Insurance announces today the acquisition of Moorhead, MN insurance agency, Johnson & Johnson Insurance.
“We are excited to have the employees of Johnson & Johnson join the First International Insurance family,” says Daniel Toy, VP/Director of Insurance. “Both organizations operate as independent insurance agencies, providing a wide array of personal and commercial insurance products allowing agents to shop multiple companies and find the best coverage and value. It will be a smooth transition for all involved.”
Clients of Johnson & Johnson Insurance can expect a seamless transition. Their relationships with their existing agents will remain in place and they will continue to offer commercial and personal insurance with expert service at the insurance office, located at 1730 30th Avenue South in Moorhead.
“It was important to us to find a company that had similar values and believed in providing the same exemplary level of one-on-one service for clients. We are in good hands and are excited for our future,” says Greg Johnson, Insurance Agent and Manager of Johnson & Johnson Insurance.
First International Insurance is a division of First International Bank & Trust. Peter Stenehjem, the company’s President, shares, “Since the early stages of our company’s history, being able to offer insurance protection to our customers was important. Our interest is in our customers’ overall financial health. Having insurance experts who can help families and businesses in our communities secure the proper insurance protection is important as a full service community bank.”
First International Insurance is a division of First International Bank & Trust. As an independent insurance agency, they represent a wide variety of carefully selected insurance companies in order to offer a comprehensive selection of plans, representing the most dependable insurance companies in the industry. You can learn more at
First International Bank & Trust was founded in 1910 and is owned by Watford City Bancshares, Inc., which is owned by the Stenehjem family. First International Bank & Trust is a full-service, independent community bank, a member of FDIC, and an equal housing lender. The strength of the Stenehjem family values, commitments to their communities and dedication to their customers remain their focus and lives on in all 650+ employees. Today, the bank has 27 branches throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona. To learn more about First International Bank & Trust, visit

Tips for Safe and Secure Shopping

Tips for Safe and Secure Shopping

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday; the Christmas shopping season is upon us. At First International Bank & Trust, we want your holiday purchases to be stress free. Here are some tips to keep your shopping safe and secure.
Have a plan
Scope out the sales & research to see if you are getting the best pricing. When shopping online, look for the padlock symbol to ensure the website is secure, prior to providing your debit or credit card information.
Know your debit card spending limits
Request a temporary increase if you know you’re going to go above those limits. Standard First International Bank & Trust debit card limits are $500 at the ATM and $1,000 point of sale.
Consider having an “online spending” account you only use for online shopping
This not only protects your primary account in the event there is a breach, but also helps you keep track the amount of money you designate to spend during the holidays. Mobile transfers make it easy to transfer money into your “online spending” account.
Card Valet® is an exclusive offering that lets you manage your debit or credit card anytime, anywhere through your smart phone. Card Valet® allows you to turn your cared “on” or “off,” customize interactive alerts and much more. It’s a quick and easy way for you to monitor your transactions online and in-person during this busy shopping season.
Two-way debit card text alerts
First International Bank & Trust offers two-way debit card text alerts as a benefit to all debit card holders. If our system detects suspicious activity on your card, you’ll receive a text message with details about the suspected transaction. All you need to do is respond to the text message with a “Yes” or “No” to validate the transaction. Enrollment is simple; call us at (800) 359-8092 or visit any of our branch locations.
Mobile Wallet
Mobile wallet is a way to carry your debit or credit card in a digital format on your mobile device. Rather than using our physical plastic card to make purchases, you can pay with your smart phone, tablet or smartwatch. We are proud to offer Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android pay compatibility with both our debit and credit cards. It’s easy, secure, and works at thousands of stores and participating apps.
Protecting your account from fraud is our priority. Share your holiday travel destinations with First International Bank & Trust by submitting a travel notification through your online banking or calling (800) 359-8092 to ensure the use of your debit or credit card is seamless when traveling out of state.
The First International Bank & Trust family wishes your family, a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday season.