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WEB EXCLUSIVE: First International Bank opening in Rugby Oct. 4

By Staff | Sep 29, 2017

On Wednesday, October 4, First International Bank & Trust will welcome customers into their new branch in Rugby, ND, located at 215 Highway 2 SW. The new 20,000 square-foot facility features a modern cabin feel with a timber roof-line and plenty of glass to offer a panoramic view of the prairie. First International Bank & Trust has been operating in a temporary location since November of 2015.

Tanner Johnson, Rugby President, shares, “After two years of planning, I am excited to open the doors to our new branch. We have appreciated the warm welcomes into the community and are excited to further demonstrate our long-term commitment by having this presence.”

Guests entering the building will immediately be welcomed by a familiar sight. The iconic 16′ diameter HUB sign that had been a landmark at the intersection of Highways 2 and 3 in Rugby has found a new home inside the Bank’s gallery above a stone hearth fireplace.

“We are so proud to share this facility with the Rugby area community,” said Stephen L. Stenehjem, CEO and Chairman of First International Bank & Trust. “As a company who prides ourselves on being family-owned and four generations strong, it was important for us to honor the history of this famous landmark and pay tribute to The HUB and the many memories community members have of that special place.”

To celebrate the opening of the new branch, the Bank is hosting a full day of events on Thursday, October 19 and invites the public to attend.

2:004:00 PMCake, coffee and tours of new facility

4:004:30 PMChamber Ribbon Cutting and HUB dedication

4:307:00 PMCommunity Dinner Celebration featuring the famous HUB stew

In addition to a full-service bank, the new building offers tenant space that has been secured by

Kat & Company Accounting, PC and Voeller Crop Insurance. There remains one open tenant space left to lease.

First International Bank & Trust 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. First International Bank & Trust has been in business since 1910 and today operates 27 locations in North Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona. More information about the company can be found at firstintlbank.com.

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