Notice of Merger of Bank Holding Compani

Notice of Merger of Bank Holding Companies First Financial Corporation, Arthur, North Dakota intends to apply to the Federal Reserve Board and the North Dakota State Banking Board for permission to merge with another bank holding company, HSB Financial Corp., Harwood, North Dakota. We intend to acquire control of Harwood State Bank, Harwood, North Dakota. The Federal Reserve considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application, including the record of performance of banks we own in helping to meet local credit needs. You are invited to submit comments in writing on this application to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Attention: Applications Officer, Division of Supervision, Regulation and Credit, P.O. Box 291, Minneapolis, MN 55480‐0291. Comments can also be sent electronically to The comment period will not end before May 5, 2023 and may be somewhat longer. The Board’s procedures for processing applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262. Procedures for processing protested applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. 262.25. To obtain a copy of the Federal Reserve Board’s procedures, or if you need more information about how to submit your comments on the application, contact Stephanie Weber, Assistant Vice President at (612) 204‐5178. The Federal Reserve will consider your comments and any request for a public meeting or formal hearing on the application if they are received in writing by the Reserve Bank on or before the last day of the comment period. You are also invited to submit comments in writing on this notice to the Commissioner and North Dakota State Banking Board, 1200 Memorial Hwy, Bismarck, ND, 58504 or by calling 701‐328‐9933. You may also review the application or obtain a copy of the application by contacting the Secretary of the State Banking Board at the previous address or by calling 701‐328‐9933. (April 5, 2023) 210374