Community Resources

At Citizens Alliance Bank, we are proud of each and every community we serve. The states of Minnesota and Montana are great places to live and work, and we invite you to find out more about the places we call home.

Clara City, MN

Clara City Water Tower PictureClara City offers tennis courts, basketball court, winter outdoor hockey rink, ice skating rink, lighted softball/baseball diamond, sand volleyball court and two park shelters.

 

The City Library has a nice variety of books, Internet access and network with regional resources.

 

The city has a 90 bed skilled nursing facility and a 30 apartment senior housing unit.

 

Prairie Fest, the annual town celebration, is held in July.

 

The Clara City Community Center is available to the community for family celebrations, reunions and other group gatherings. Call the City Office to make arrangements for rental.

 

Briggs & Motley Spring Craft Show is the first weekend in April and the Fall Craft Show is the first weekend in November.

 

Community organizations are Lions Club, American Legion Post #485 & Auxiliary, 4-H Clubs, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Prairie Fest and Ministerial Association.

 

For more information, call the City Offices at (320)847-2142 or fax at (320)847-2114.

Echo, MN

Echo is located in a rural farming community with their own Charter School. It is centrally located between two area casinos.

 

The City of Echo has two parks. The Lions Park has a softball field, playground, and picnic area with a shelter house. The City Park has a picnic area with a shelter house and available camping sites.

 

The Echo Community Center is available to accommodate family get-togethers and wedding receptions. Call the City Clerk for more information at (507)925-4190.

 

Annual community events include the Lions Pork feed in August and Santa Claus day in December.

 

The Echo Charter School library is available for residents to utilize for resources.

 

Echo community organizations include Lions Club, Firemen’s Relief Association, First Responders and the American Legion & Auxiliary.

 

Sandalz Bar and Grill operates their business in the former Hope Market Grocery store.

Granite Falls, MN

Granite Falls gives way to the scenic Minnesota River Valley to create an outdoor playground that is great for all seasons.

 

The Western Fest Rodeo is the annual celebration held in June.

 

The Kilowatt Community Center offers an indoor pool, recreation area, banquet rooms, racquetball courts and exercise room. For more information call (320)564-3127.

 

The Fagen Fighters World War II Museum located just outside of Granite Falls is home of authentically restored and fully operational World War II trainer planes, fighter planes, bomber planes, ground vehicles and much more. Experience the self guided tour Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

 

Vegas style gambling at Prairie’s Edge Casino is a few miles south of Granite Falls.

 

Take a ride to the Upper Sioux Agency State Park, stroll through the area’s wooded parks, or tour a museum. Every road leads to a new adventure.

 

Downtown Granite Falls offers a pleasant river setting with a large selection of retail stores.

 

Community organizations are Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, American Legion & Auxiliary, VFW Post, CURE (Clean Up Our River Environment) and Lady Slipper Garden Club.

 

For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at (320)564-4039.

Howard Lake, MN

Howard Lake Water Tower PictureHoward Lake is a small growing community located 35 miles west of the Twin Cities on Highway 12.

 

Outdoor enjoyment can be found at any of the many city parks. They include Memorial Park, Lions Park and Lake Ridge Park.

 

The Howard Lake Business Association promotes the City of Howard Lake. In March of each year they sponsor the Howard Lake Community Expo.

 

The Howard Lake Orphans are the town baseball team and a member of the North Star League.

 

Good Neighbor Days is the annual town celebration held each June.

 

Independent School District 2687 serves the communities of Winsted, Waverly and Howard Lake and is dedicated to providing the best possible education for its youth.

 

The Wright County Fair is a summer tradition that draws crowds from across the county to the fairgrounds in Howard Lake.

 

In November of each year, Fine Arts Expo and Creative Crafts and Collectibles Fair is held at the Howard Lake Middle School.

 

For more information, visit the city website at www.howard-lake.mn.us.

Lake Lillian, MN

Lake Lillian Water Tower PictureLake Lillian is located on the south shore of Lake Lillian lake, just north of the State Highway 7 and Kandiyohi County Road 8 intersection in Kandiyohi County.

 

Kandiyohi County Parks East and West are approximately five miles from Lake Lillian on Big Kandiyohi Lake and offer camping, boating, boat rental, swimming beaches and Park stores.

 

Lake Lillian has two City Parks that include a playground, basketball court, horseshoes, ball field and picnic shelter.

 

Lake Lillian Fun Days town celebration is celebrated the first weekend in August each year. Lake Lillian also has a Harvest Festival held each October and includes locally homegrown produce, homemade crafts plus a bake sale and lunch.

 

Lake Lillian hosts a restaurant and a Bar/Dance Club. Other commercial businesses in the community are a Grocery Store/General Store/C-Store with gas/diesel and a Liquor Store.

 

The 24/7 ATM is located in the drive-up of Citizens Alliance Bank.

 

To learn more about Lake Lillian, click on www.lakelillian.govoffice.com.

Maynard, MN

Maynard Water Tower PictureMaynard is a typical small town community.

 

The City Lions Park offers a picnic area and shelter area.

 

The Maynard Event Center is available to the community for family celebrations, reunions and other group gatherings. Call the City Office to make arrangements for rental.

 

The local library is attached to the City Hall and has a large variety of books, Internet access and network with regional resources.

 

Every year, the Lions organize the annual 4th of July Celebration with the day being topped off with fireworks at dusk.

 

Community organizations are Lions Club, Senior Citizens and American Legion & Auxiliary.

 

For more information, call the City Office at (320)367-2140.

Murdock, MN

Murdock is located in the middle of the KMS Community – Kerkhoven, Murdock and Sunburg. We are a strong farm-based community and home to the KMS Elementary School, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bethesda Lutheran Church and the historical Murdock House.

 

The City of Murdock has two parks located at the Murdock City Office and the Murdock house. Softball/football fields and a playground are located at the KMS Elementary School. Several small and large businesses provide products and services to those in the community and beyond. Community organizations include the Green Thumb Garden Club, Dublin Victory 4-H and Hayes Kildare 4-H Clubs. 

 

Murdock is strongly supported by volunteers on the Murdock Fire Department and Murdock First Responders.

Watertown, MN

Watertown is located at the heart of the Luce Line Trail, on the South Fork of the Crow River.

 

The Luce Line Trail accommodates hiking, biking, jogging, horseback riding and snowmobiling.

 

Highland Park has a baseball field, playground equipment and two picnic shelters.

 

Lions Rick Johnson Memorial Park, located on the banks of the Crow River, has a picnic shelter and paved walking trail.

 

The Watertown Community Center is available to accommodate family get-togethers, wedding receptions, graduations and anniversaries. Contact the City Office at (952)955-2681 for more information.

 

Rails to Trails, held in July, is the Community Celebration sponsored by the Watertown Lions Club.

 

Shop Watertown’s revitalized downtown, retail stores, shops and restaurants.

 

Community organizations include: Lions Club, American Legion, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Historical Society, Fine Arts Committee, DandyLions Club, Fire Department Auxiliary and Senior Citizens Organization.

 

For more information contact the Watertown Chamber of Commerce at www.watertownareachamber.com.

Great Falls, MT

In the heart of Montana, Great Falls (also known as The Electric City), is surrounded by spectacular natural wonders and scenery. It is nestled between rich, productive farm land only miles away from the majestic Rocky Mountains to its west and Little Belt Mountains to the east.

 

The city was settled around the mighty Missouri River, one of nature’s most magnificent waterways. The Missouri River provides Great Falls with its name. As the Missouri cuts through the city it drops over 500 feet in a series of rapids and five breathtaking waterfalls — the great falls of the Missouri.

 

Great Falls has a long tradition of history which began with the famous expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1805. In May of 1882, Paris Gibson came west and made plans for a city. James Hill, a man of great importance in the railroad industry, gave his financial backing to Gibson, knowing that a city in such an area would make a valuable connection for the railroads.

 

Unlike many other western cities, Great Falls was planned by a practical and extremely thoughtful man. While organizing the town, Gibson made sure the streets were laid out in a precise, arrow- straight pattern, plus he set aside 886 acres for city parks. Gibson believed beauty was important in a city and personally made sure that elm, ash, and fir trees were planted on every street and boulevard.

 

Great Falls is home to the C.M. Russell Museum, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park and Giant Springs. For more information visit www.greatfallsmt.net.

Lincoln, MT

Located just west of the Continental Divide, Lincoln is 80 miles east of Missoula, 86 miles southwest of Great Falls, and 60 miles northwest of Helena. Halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, Lincoln is bordered by the magnificent Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wilderness areas to the north and the renowned Blackfoot River to the South.

 

You will find spectacular fishing in the Blackfoot River, alpine lakes and the many mountain drainages surrounding Lincoln, Your fishing skills can be tested on streams that are home to rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout. Or you may prefer to hike, backpack, or mountain bike through acres of beautiful country.

 

Snowmobiling dominates the scene when the snow begins to fall. More than 250 miles of groomed trails and limitless play areas make Lincoln a snowmobiler’s dreamland. if you prefer the solitude of winter entertainment, the Blackfoot Valley provides cross-country ski trails and miles of skiing in the backcountry.

 

Whether you like spending time browsing through museums and art shows, spending leisure time seeking out quaint shops, or experiencing the great outdoors, Lincoln is the right place for you to fulfill your dream of visiting Montana, who knows, you might decide that it’s your new home.

 

Lincoln offers you and your family an experience you will never forget, hope to see you soon.

 

For more information visit www.lincolnmontana.com.

Seeley Lake, MT

The town of Seeley Lake, nestled in the Rocky Mountains between the Swan and Mission Mountain ranges, is home to a variety of residents. With a strong representation of retirees, the population of approximately 2,500 is rounded out with individuals representing the wood products, Forest Service, education and tourism industries.

 

Seeley Lake is the main attraction to the area, as part of the “Chain-of-Lakes” beginning with Rainy Lake to the north, and ending with Salmon Lake to the south. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, boating and more, with ample opportunities for wildlife viewing. Miles of groomed trails attract cross-country skiers, snowshoe enthusiasts, dogsled runners, and snowmobilers in the winter and hikers and bikers during the summer.

 

The Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce promotes local business through three annual events: The Winterfest celebration in January, the 4th of July celebrations, and the Tamarack/Brewfest in the fall. Other active groups include the Seeley Lake Lions Club, 4-H Trailblazers, Quiltmakers of the Tamaracks and Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake, to name a few.

 

More information can be obtained at www.seeleylakechamber.com or by calling the Chamber at (406)677-2880.