First International Bank & Trust


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About First International Bank & Trust

Our history begins with Farmer’s State Bank in Arnegard, North Dakota. The bank was issued a charter and opened for business on May 1, 1910.

In 1911, Odin Stenehjem became the first Farmer’s State Bank cashier. In 1917 Gerhard Stenehjem became its first President.

In 1934, the bank moved to Watford City when it was named the County Seat of McKenzie County. At that time, the name was changed to First International Bank. Two years, later, O. Vincent Stenehjem began his 50-year career as vice president and cashier. First International Bank was the only bank in McKenzie County to survive the Great Depression of the 1930s… Continue reading about First International Bank & Trust here


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