Community Connected infographic highlights the credit union mission

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Minnesota Credit Union Network 10/22/2014  – ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Oct. 21, the Minnesota Credit Union Network released an infographic illustrating that credit unions are “Community Connected.” As locally-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperatives, credit unions are dedicated to the communities that […]

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VIDEO: Members From Across Minnesota Share Why They Love their Credit Union!

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We’ve put together just a handful of the stories that we’ve received from people all across the state to show just how much credit union members love being a part of a not-for-profit financial cooperative. Whether it’s a great rate […]

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Home Depot data breach cost CUs nearly $60 million

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press release: Credit Union National Association 10/30/2014  CONTACT: Zan McKelway, CUNA Communications (202) 508-6701, zmckelway@cuna.coop The data security breach at Home Depot stores in September cost credit unions nearly $60 million to reissue cards, deal with fraud and cover other […]

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Collegeville Community CU opens branch at St. John’s University

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College of Saint Benedict + St. John’s University © 10/29/2014 – COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – There used to be a TV commercial that popularized one of the more memorable advertising slogans of the 1980s, “I liked the shaver so much, I bought the company.” Justin […]

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Mary Hansen of Mayo Employees FCU to be recognized as a 2014 top woman in finance

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Finance & Commerce © 10/29/2014 – ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mary Hansen, CEO of Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union has been selected as one of the 2014 Top Women in Finance by Finance & Commerce magazine. Finance & Commerce recognizes accomplished women from across the state of Minnesota […]

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Wings spans beyond aviation roots

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Twin Cities Business Magazine  © 10/24/2014 – APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – Wings Financial Credit Union was founded to serve Northwest Airlines employees, but it has catapulted beyond its aviation roots and is adding four new branches in Twin Cities suburbs. “Business has been growing, […]

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600 stories detail why Minnesota CU members love their CU

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CUtoday © 10/28/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network said it has now collected nearly 600 stories from credit union members across the state as part of its “Why I Love My Credit Union” video campaign. In the campaign […]

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Fulda Area CU to host Halloween Trunk or Treat event for kids

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KWOA © 10/29/2014 – WORTHINGTON, Minn. – The spookiest night of the year is just a few days away, so here are a few options for all of the little ghosts and goblins out there when it comes to Halloween fun. The Worthington branch […]

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US Federal CU’s Bill Goldaris receives promotion

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press release: US Federal Credit Union 10/28/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Bill Goldaris, CU Advisor, located at US Federal Credit Union, has been appointed Vice President – Wealth Management by CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. The appointment has been earned through Goldaris’ many […]

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US Federal CU donation goes beyond state borders

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press release: US Federal Credit Union 10/27/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – US Federal Credit Union (USFCU) recently donated a large collection of previously-used community event photo backdrops to St. Joseph’s School in Rosemount, MN with hopes they could be put to good […]

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VIDEO: Minn. credit unions & co-ops are “Community Connected”

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Minnesota Credit Union Network 10/27/2014 – INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. – To recognize National Co-op Month, the Minnesota Credit Union Network teamed with area credit unions and co-ops on Oct. 21 at a press event to highlight the impact cooperative organizations make in […]

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Mid-Minnesota FCU’s “On-The-Spot” auto financing saves members time and money

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Brainerd Lakes Chamber © 10/24/2014 – BAXTER, Minn. – Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union’s On-The-Spot financing lets you apply and receive approval for your MMFCU loan…right at your favorite central Minnesota dealership. Save yourself a trip to the credit union, and save your wallet with […]

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United Educators CU Foundation announces 2015 Scholarship Program

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press release: United Educators Foundation 10/24/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – United Educators Foundation is now accepting applications for its annual High School student, Education Major student, and Educator Scholarship Awards. Applications are available on United Educators Credit Union’s website at www.uecu.coop/scholarship, and […]

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SharePoint CU saves members $10,000 on 1st Mortgage closing costs

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SharePoint Credit Union 10/27/2014 – HOPKINS, Minn. – SharePoint CU has saved members $10,000 on 1st Mortgage closing costs with its current $500 off closing cost promotion! This promotion runs through Dec. 31, 2014. Learn more about the home buying process and your […]

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Anoka Hennepin CU named “Service Business of the Year” by Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce

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ABC Newspapers © 10/23/2014 – COON RAPIDS, Minn. – The Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 62nd year with a breakfast meeting Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Courtyards of Andover. One of the biggest changes is a new logo, which was redesigned […]

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CUs emphasize co-op principles during National Co-op Month

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CUNA News Now © 10/23/2014 – INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. – The nation is taking time to appreciate cooperatives this October for National Co-op Month, and financial cooperatives, commonly known as credit unions, have joined in on the celebration. The festivities are in full […]

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South Metro FCU plans Shakopee branch

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal © 10/17/2014 – SHAKOPEE, Minn. – South Metro Federal Credit Union will start construction of its new Shakopee branch next week. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8001 Old Carriage Ct. N., […]

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SPIRE CU’s “creatively creative” Graff achieves CU Rock Star award

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Credit Union Magazine © 09/30/2014 – FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Tara Graff is portrayed by her colleague Casey Carlson as “creatively creative” and “über-talented.” And, “Emily Dickinson-esque.” “I hope that doesn’t mean I’ll be famous only after I’m dead!” Graff quips. “Ever […]

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Minnco CU fund benefits local Senior Enrichment Center

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Isanti County News © 10/22/2014 – CAMBRIDGE, Minn. – Mary Sarault, with the Isanti County Commission on Aging, appeared before the council to request a pause in the rent for the Senior Enrichment Center for one to two years. The SEC pays $500 per […]

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Royal CU’s “culture champion” Forcier-Pabst gains CU Rock Star recognition

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Credit Union Magazine © 09/30/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Starting stuffed snowball fights. Singing and dancing. Handing out popcorn. That’s a typical Friday at Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire, Wis., thanks in part to Amy Forcier-Pabst, who was recently promoted to […]

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Minn. credit unions, co-ops emphasize community connections

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 10/21/2014 – INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. – October is National Co-op Month, and the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) held a “Community Connected” press event in Inver Grove Heights on Tuesday to recognize the impact cooperative […]

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Royal CU’s Finn drives social network that never sleeps, wins CU Rock Star award

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Credit Union Magazine © 09/30/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – In today’s digital age, social media moves at the speed of thought, and those who are experts have learned to sprint along with it. It’s a good thing that Andrea Finn has […]

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Mill City CU makes top credit union employer list

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Credit Union Journal © 10/17/2014 – MINNETONKA Minn. – Five years ago, a 50% increase in premiums threatened to end company-paid health coverage for employees of Atomic Credit Union in Piketon, Ohio. Plenty of companies have shifted the cost of rising premiums to […]

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Royal CU’s Young Professionals group cash mobs celebrate International CU Day

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Credit Union Times © 10/16/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Credit unions are spreading awareness about the benefits of membership on International Credit Union Day on Thursday by promoting the theme of “Local Service. Global Good.” The Young Professionals group at the $1.4 […]

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First Alliance CU’s Evans inspires staff, earns Credit Union Rock Star recognition

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Credit Union Magazine © 09/30/2014 – ROCHESTER, Minn. – Pam Evans ’ career spans from teller to executive. And at every stop, she has demonstrated her knack for coaching, motivating, and leading. Currently the assistant vice president of member service at First Alliance Credit […]

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Gov. Dayton declares Oct. 16 Credit Union Day in Minnesota

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 10/16/2014  – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton recently signed a proclamation declaring Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, as Credit Union Day in Minnesota. The proclamation coincides with International Credit Union Day and this year’s theme […]

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VIDEO: Sen. Senjem highlights consumers’ trust of credit unions at Minnesota Minded event

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Minnesota Credit Union Network 10/15/2014 – ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network’s Minnesota Minded events showcased information illustrating that credit unions are Minnesotans’ trusted, local financial partner, and that credit unions are closely connected to the communities they serve. At the most […]

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VIDEO: Affinity Plus FCU’s Plus It Forward campaign prompts acts of kindness

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Valley News Live © 10/14/2014 – BEMIDIJI, Minn. – We’re taking a look at an effort to start a kindness revolution in Bemidji. It’s a campaign started by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Unions in Minnesota. The idea behind the campaign is that even […]

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Mid-Minnesota FCU funds Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp.’s Business Chat with EXECs

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Brainerd Dispatch © 10/12/2014 – PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. – Retired business executives have a wealth of information to share with the Brainerd lakes community and will be available to anyone having business questions, the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp. (BLAEDC) reported. Questions […]

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Minnesota Credit Union Foundation awards $7,500 in financial education grants

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CUNA News Now © 10/21/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation – with a mission to provide resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive – recently awarded $7,500 in grants to assist with implementing financial education […]

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VIDEO: MnCUN’s Minnesota Minded press event in Rochester showcases credit unions’ community involvement in southeastern Minnesota

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Minnesota Credit Union Network 10/15/2014 – ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) wrapped up its statewide series of “Minnesota Minded” events in Rochester on Sept. 30, featuring news about Minnesota credit union community involvement and financial education initiatives. Featured speakers were Mayo […]

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Credit Union Magazine honors four “Rock Stars” representing three Minn. credit unions

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Credit Union Magazine © 10/14/2014 – SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In honor of International Credit Union Day, which falls on Thursday, Credit Union Magazine has released its second annual “Rock Stars” issue, which highlights the extraordinary work carried out by those credit union employees […]

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Rep. Rick Nolan lends a hand to Minnesota’s credit unions

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Excerpt from Rep. Nolan’s Monday Report 10/13/2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wonderful news for our Minnesota credit unions! The Board of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has heeded my call to protect healthy credit unions from burdensome regulations that discourage savings […]

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US Federal CU Fall Shred Event has big impact on community and environment

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press release: US Federal Credit Union 10/13/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – US Federal Credit Union (USFCU) partnered with Shred Right, the Better Business Bureau, and the Minnesota Department of Commerce to host a shred event on September 20, 2014. Secure Your ID […]

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Royal CU to celebrate International Credit Union Day

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press release: Royal Credit Union 10/13/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – On October 16, 2014, credit unions all around the world will celebrate International Credit Union (ICU) Day® by joining together and celebrating their cooperative spirit.  In honor of this special day, […]

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First Alliance CU welcomes Nelson as new board member

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press release: First Alliance Credit Union 10/09/2014 – ROCHESTER, Minn. – First Alliance Credit Union is pleased to welcome its newest Board member, Christopher Nelson. Nelson joined the First Alliance Board of Directors in September of this year. He also sits on […]

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Filene welcomes City & County CU’s Schewe to prestigious i3 Innovation Program

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press release: City & County Credit Union 10/09/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Filene Research Institute welcomes Matt Schewe, Vice President of Member Experience at City & County Credit Union, to i3 innovation program, which fosters the development of new ideas and […]

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TopLine FCU to hold identity theft prevention workshop

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TopLine Federal Credit Union 10/08/2014 – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – Defend Yourself Against Identity Theft. Know how it happens and how to prevent it. Join LSS Financial Counseling and TopLine for a workshop to learn about: Ways identity theft can happen and effective steps […]

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HomeTown CU collecting donations for “A Night for Nicky”

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Southernminn.com © 10/08/2014 – OWATONNA, Minn. –  The Owatonna Elks Lodge is sponsoring “A Night for Nicky (Hollister) Schwab,” daughter of Jeff and Colleen Hollister. Nichole is a 34 year old wife and mother of three. In July, 2013, doctors discovered a large […]

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KTTC-TV VIDEO: MnCUN says consumers demand local financial partners, attributing to recent credit union growth

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KTTC © 09/30/2014 – ROCHESTER, Minn. – Presidents and CEOs of regional credit unions met to discuss recent trends in the industry on Sept. 30. A recent report by Minnesota Credit Union Network revealed that the state’s credit unions have gained more […]

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Hermantown FCU receives Community Development Financial Institution certification

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press release: Hermantown Federal Credit Union 10/03/2014 – HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) has certified Hermantown Federal Credit Union as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). CDFI certification means that an […]

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KIMT-TV VIDEO: MnCUN stresses the importance of credit unions in Minnesota

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KIMT © 09/30/2014 – ROCHESTER, Minn. – Leaders in the financial world were in Rochester Sept. 30 to talk about the importance of credit unions. One of those people happened to be the President and CEO of Minnesota Credit Union Network, Mark Cummins. […]

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Minnesota Credit Union Network urges congressional action on data breaches

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Duluth News Tribune © 10/05/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Faster than a Jimmy John’s delivery, we have another data breach. Earlier this year, the Credit Union National Association, the national trade association that represents more than 400 credit union locations in Minnesota, […]

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SouthPoint FCU wins Crystal Performance Award

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Sleepy Eye e-News © 10/05/2014 – SLEEPY EYE, Minn. – SouthPoint Federal Credit Union is honored to accept the 2013 Crystal Performance Award from Raddon Financial Group (RFG). RFG recognized the top credit unions in two assets classes (above $500 million and […]

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United Educators CU provided financial education to more than 700 Minnesota students during 2013-14 school year

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press release: United Educators Credit Union 10/03/2014 – APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – Fall is officially upon us, and students are over a month into another school year. That means United Educators Credit Union is also back in the classroom, continuing a commitment […]

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Rochester Post-Bulletin reports that Minnesota credit unions are growing

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Rochester Post-Bulletin © 10/01/2014 – ROCHESTER, Minn. – Minnesota credit unions have gained more than 100,000 members since 2011, and now more than 1.6 million Minnesotans are members, said officials at the Minnesota Credit Union Network on Sept. 30. Minnesota credit unions […]

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SPIRE CU sponsors Central Minnesota Art Co-op’s first drive-in movie night

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Princeton Union-Eagle © 10/03/2014 – PRINCETON, Minn. – Gene Reierson and his 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 retractable hardtop were there, as were Ken Swing with his 1963 Mercury Comet convertible and six Spire Credit Union employees with the credit union’s corporate mascot vehicle, […]

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United Educators CU supporting 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award, nominations now open

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Owatonna People’s Press © 10/02/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Nominations for Minnesota Teach of the Year opened Wednesday, Oct. 1. Everyone is welcome to nominate a teacher who motivates and inspires students. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominations remain open through Saturday, Nov. […]

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Lake State CU sponsoring Box City fundraiser to raise awareness about homelessness

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Isanti County news  © 10/02/2014 – CAMBRIDGE, Minn. – During the month of September, New Pathways’ “Path to Home” program had to turn away 26 homeless families due to being at capacity. New Pathways, based in Cambridge, serves homeless families with […]

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HomeTown CU supports annual Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum “Lighting the Path” event

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Owatonna People’s Press © 09/30/2014 – OWATONNA, Minn. – The Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum Board would like to thank everyone involved in their second Annual Lighting the Path Event. Although the weather didn’t cooperate, attendees were still able to listen […]

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Southeastern Minn. credit unions, state legislator tout growth and financial education

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 10/01/2014 – ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) continued its statewide series of “Minnesota Minded” events in Rochester on Tuesday, featuring news about the growth Minnesota credit unions have experienced since the financial crisis. […]

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First Alliance CU voted “Best Bank”

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press release: First Alliance Credit Union 09/30/2014 – ROCHESTER, Minn. – First Alliance Credit Union is pleased to announce it was voted as the winner of the 2014 Post Bulletin Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Bank.” This award is presented to those […]

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Royal CU sponsors Super Science Teacher competition

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Fox 9 © 09/30/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union is proud to present:

US Federal CU celebrates Youth Month with Spotlight Savings

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press release: US Federal Credit Union 09/29/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – US Federal Credit Union (USFCU) will be celebrating youth during October to encourage early financial literacy. Financial education is an important skill at any stage in life; USFCU looks to help […]

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Ideal CU Community Foundation Fifth Annual Golf Tournament sets new record for funds raised

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CU Insight © 09/26/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – A new venue, sunny skies and a strong showing of support enabled the Ideal CU Community Foundation to raise a record $16,800 at its fifth annual golf tournament on September 8, 2014, which was $3,000 more […]

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General Mills FCU becomes Mill City CU on Oct. 1, expanding reach to Minnesota communities

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press release: General Mills Federal Credit Union 09/24/2014 – MINNETONKA, Minn. – On October 1, General Mills Federal Credit Union, a not-for-profit financial cooperative that has exclusively served General Mills, Inc. for over 80 years, will become Mill City Credit Union. Moving forward, along […]

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United Employees CU President seeks to bring view from the outside to council

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Albert Lea Tribune © 09/24/2014 – ALBERT LEA, Minn. – The president of an Albert Lea credit union offers a new take on a position that has been in the same hands for more than one and a half decades. United Employees Credit Union […]

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Credit unions provide personal finance education to thousands of Minnesota students

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Foundation – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Fall is officially upon us, and students are nearly a month into another school year. That means Minnesota credit unions are also back in the classroom, continuing a commitment to educating […]

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Royal Credit Union names Vice President of Finance

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press release: Royal Credit Union 09/23/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union has named Ryan Balts Vice President of Finance. He will be responsible for the overall operation and supervision of the Accounting Department. Balts comes to RCU with over […]

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Minn. credit unions endorse bipartisan slate of candidates in 2014 congressional races

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CU Insight © 10/01/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network’s (MnCUN) Political Involvement Committee voted to endorse a bipartisan mix of two Republicans and two Democrats for Congress in this year’s elections. MnCUN’s endorsed candidates are: Sen. Al Franken […]

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Royal CU’s Brianne Meszaros a finalist in the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge

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CUES © 09/19/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec–sponsored by DDJ Myers and administered by Currency–searches for emerging leaders age 35 and under from within the credit union industry. Royal Credit Union’s Brianne Meszaros, a branch manager in Edina, is one of five […]

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VIDEO: Mid-Minnesota FCU teaches Brainerd High School students about personal finance

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Lakeland Public Television © 09/19/2014 – BRAINERD, Minn. – Learning how to plan their financial future. A local credit union helps Brainerd High School students learn every week about their personal finances. The students are learning what a credit score is and does, the […]

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Minnco CU sets up benefit account for cancer patient

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Isanti County News © 09/17/2014 – CAMBRIDGE, Minn. – A cancer benefit for DeeAnna Schmakel will be held from 4-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 at American Jane’s in Cambridge. Schmakel, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, is originally from the Ogilvie area, and is […]

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Mid-Minnesota FCU donates $2,500 to Habitat for Humanity

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CU Social Good © 09/11/2014 – BRAINERD, Minn. – Mid-Minnesota FCU is proud to donate $2,500 to Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity. Baxter staff Mike Francis, Member Services Specialist, Sara Holmgren, First Impression Specialist, and Tiffany Hirschey, Branch Manager,  presented the check to Kevin […]

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SouthPoint Federal Credit Union contributes to St. Peter’s economic vitality

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St. Peter Herald  © 09/17/2014 – ST. PETER, Minn. – Several businesses are opening soon, or have recently, in St. Peter. See this as an invitation. You will find flooring and furniture at Berger Interiors along North Old Minnesota Avenue, chocolate and items from […]

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Foundation grant helps Catholic United Financial educate seniors about identity theft, financial fraud

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Foundation 09/17/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – In April, Catholic United Financial Credit Union received a grant from the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation to provide financial education opportunities in the community. Working through local churches in the […]

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Caught on video: Minn. members love their CUs

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CUNA News Now © 09/17/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network has produced a video in which members tell why credit unions are their financial institution of choice. Why I Love My Credit Union Video from Minnesota CU Network on […]

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Wings Financial CU sets up “Elinor’s Memorial Fund” for children of St. Louis Park woman who lost her battle with cancer

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KARE 11 © 09/15/2014 – ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – Elinor Scott, the Minnesota woman who finished the Boston Marathon this year while battling stage four pancreatic cancer, died on Friday. Scott, was diagnosed in January and fought a courageous battle. The 51-year-old ran […]

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Associated Healthcare CU announces new President

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CUNA News Now System Brief © 09/19/2014– ST. PAUL, Minn. – Theresa Malone, formerly President & CEO of St. Paul Federal Credit Union, recently became the President of Associated Healthcare Credit Union. Malone fills the opening created by the retirement of the credit union’s former […]

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Penny K. Jarnot honored for 25 years of service through the Minnesota CU Foundation’s Credit Union Builder award

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St. Cloud Times © 10/16/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Earlier this week, Energy Services Federal Credit Union honored Penny K. Jarnot as a Credit Union Builder through the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. Jarnot, who dedicated more than 25 years to the credit union, […]

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VIDEO: Brainerd credit unions are local, trusted, and invested in their community (press event coverage)

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Minnesota Credit Union Network 09/12/2014 – BAXTER, Minn. – On Sept. 3, the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) hosted a press event in Baxter to highlight growth and community involvement initiatives by area credit unions. Led by MnCUN President & CEO Mark […]

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Royal CU announces new Chippewa Valley Regional Director of Branch Operations

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press release: Royal Credit Union 09/15/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union has named Sherri Jablonicky Chippewa Valley Regional Director of Branch Operations.  Jablonicky brings years of experience and knowledge to this critical role.  Her strong partnership with marketing and […]

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Central Minnesota CU to hold wellness Fun Run

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Central Minnesota Credit Union 09/12/2014 – MELROSE, Minn. – Central Minnesota Credit Union is holding a 5K/1K Fun Run/Walk to promote wellness on Sunday, Sept. 28. Both the 5K and 1K start at Sauk River Park in Melrose. Sunday, September 28 Race […]

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Royal CU names Executive Vice President of Member Experience

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press release: Royal Credit Union 09/10/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union has named Amy Forcier-Pabst Executive Vice President of Member Experience. Forcier-Pabst will provide leadership to achieve RCU’s objective strategic goals, initiatives, growth, and research. She brings meaningful frontline […]

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Hitting a Grand Slam for Awareness – Charity Give-Back Night underscores TopLine’s commitment to community

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Credit Union Magazine @ 09/08/2014 – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – TopLine Federal Credit Union recently went to bat for a variety of nonprofit agencies in Minnesota’s Twin Cities by adding a “give back” twist to the “throwback” sports phenomenon. For the second straight year, […]

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Minnesota credit union business loans outpace national trend in Q2 2014

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CUNA News Now © 09/12/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Final data reported by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in the second quarter of 2014 shows that Minnesota’s credit union business loans grew 14.4 percent over the last year, surpassing the national figure […]

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Affinity Plus Launches “Plus It Forward” Website

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CU Social Good 09/18/2014 – ST. PAUL, MINN. – Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union announces the launch of its Plus It Forward website where people are encouraged to read and share stories about spreading kindness. The credit union hopes that as kindness is […]

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Minnesota CUs drench NCUA Supervisory Examiner with ice water

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Minnesota CUs drench NCUA Supervisory Examiner with ice water WATCH VIDEO HERE press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 09/09/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – In response to a challenge made by MnCUN President & CEO Mark D. Cummins, the National Credit Union […]

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US Federal Credit Union to host Community Shred Event: Secure Your ID Day

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press release: US Federal Credit Union @ 09/08/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – US Federal Credit Union (USFCU) will host a free community shred day on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9a.m. to 12p.m. USFCU has partnered with Shred Right, the Better Business Bureau, and […]

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Hiway FCU wins Adult Financial Education Award

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CU Insight @ 09/08/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Hiway Federal Credit Union has been honored with a 2014 Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award. The award, sponsored by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), recognizes leadership within […]

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United Educators CU to host Shred-It Party

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United Educators Credit Union @ 09/04/2014 – APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – The United Educators Credit Union and EFS Advisors have partnered to provide a service to members and clients to shred any secure documents, using the services of Shred-N-Go Inc. on Saturday, Sept. […]

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Tim Fischer joins Two Harbors FCU

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Duluth News Tribune Biz Buzz @ 09/07/2014 – TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Tim Fischer joined Two Harbors Federal Credit Union in Two Harbors as a loan officer. Fischer is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and has worked more than 12 […]

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Young & Free Royal Powered by RCU rolls out Dorm Make Over contest

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press release: Royal Credit Union 09/05/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Young & Free Royal powered by Royal Credit Union has created the Dorm Make Over contest to kick off the school year.  Any college student between the ages of 18 and […]

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Free Kidney Screening Event Coming to Minnesota Power

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Free Kidney Screening Event Coming to Minnesota Power (WITH VIDEO)   WDIO.COM @ 09/05/2014 – DULUTH, Minn. –  (Click here to view segment video) Kidney disease kills more people each year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined, yet the […]

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MnCUN’s Baxter press event highlights credit unions’ Minnesota Minded investment into local communities (WITH VIDEO)

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Lakeland Public Television © 09/03/2014 – BAXTER, Minn. – (Click here to view segment video) Helping the community do more than just store their money, local credit unions have made themselves an intregal part of the local community. Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives. They have […]

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Lakes area credit unions tout growth and financial education with legislators

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Brainerd Dispatch @ 09/05/2014 – BAXTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) released “Minnesota Minded,” a report about the growth Minnesota credit unions have experienced since the financial crisis. Growth for Minnesota credit unions includes adding over 100,000 new members in two years […]

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SPIRE’s charitable partnership with Timberwolves’ FastBreak Foundation wins social responsibility honor for second consecutive year

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press release: SPIRE Credit Union 09/03/2014 – FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – SPIRE Credit Union is proud to announce that the 2013 Season of Giving, a charitable endeavor aimed at helping disadvantaged children and teens, has been honored with a state-level Dora Maxwell Award […]

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US Federal CU ranks high in the MN FoodShare

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press release: US Federal Credit Union 09/02/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – US Federal Credit Union’s (USFCU) outstanding food and money donations raised during the 2014 campaign has ranked on the Minnesota FoodShare’s Top 10 corporate campaign givers’ list. The Top 10 corporate campaign […]

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Minnesota credit unions endorse Rep. Erik Paulsen in 3rd Congressional District race

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 09/02/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network’s (MnCUN) Political Involvement Committee recently voted to endorse three-term incumbent Erik Paulsen for re-election in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. “As a member of the powerful House […]

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US Federal Credit Union holds superhero blood drive

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press release: US Federal Credit Union 08/29/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – US Federal Credit Union (USFCU) held its bi-annual blood drive with Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 to help save lives in the community. In honor of Batman Day, […]

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TopLine FCU helps young women mentors learn key money management skills

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Market Wired © 08/28/2014 – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – In June and July TopLine teamed up with YouthCARE (Youth for Cultural Appreciation and Racial Equality) of Minneapolis and St. Paul to provide financial literacy workshops for students who participate in their Community Service Stars Employment […]

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Central Minnesota CU helps Long Prairie Predators baseball team get on the road

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Long Prairie Leader © 08/27/2014 – LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. – It was a season of firsts for the Long Prairie Predators. The first league championship, first region appearance, first region championship, and first state appearance. When the Predators took on New Market in Belle […]

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Mid-Minnesota FCU presents $500 prize to Railroad Days Medallion hunt winner

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Staples World © 08/27/2014 – STAPLES, Minn. – Terri Kobliska, the Staples Branch Manager at Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union presents Jeremy Rach of Verndale with a $500 check for finding the medallion on Aug. 20 during Railroad Days. The medallion was hidden at […]

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TopLine FCU’s 11th annual back-to-school supply drive benefits local communities

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press release: TopLine Federal Credit Union 08/27/2014  – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – During the months of July and August, the Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) and Keystone Community Services benefited by receiving donations from TopLine Federal Credit Union’s 11th Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive. […]

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“Daily Agenda” podcast discusses credit union community involvement, business lending, growth (WITH AUDIO)

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 08/27/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Earlier this week, Minnesota credit union leaders were interviewed by Fluence Media’s Blois Olson on the “Daily Agenda” podcast. MnCUN President & CEO Mark D. Cummins, Affinity Plus Federal Credit […]

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MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins participates, calls out regulators in ALS “ice bucket” Challenge

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 08/26/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Last week, Minnesota Credit Union Network President & CEO Mark Cummins accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge that has become a social media phenomenon to raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis […]

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11 Minn. credit unions win social responsibility awards, advance to national competitions

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CUNA News Now © 08/28/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) recently announced the state-level winners of the 2014 Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring and Desjardins award competitions. These awards – sponsored each year by MnCUN and the Credit Union National […]

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Minnesota credit unions experience loan growth in second quarter 2014

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 08/07/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – According to preliminary data released this week by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), Minnesota credit unions’ year-over-year asset, deposit and loan growth between the second quarters of 2013 to 2014 […]

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Minnesota credit unions report membership uptick following recession

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Twincities.com Pioneer Press © 08/25/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. banking industry’s reputation among consumers has taken a beating in the wake of the Great Recession, and Minnesota’s credit unions say that’s been good for business. The Minnesota Credit Union Network announced Monday […]

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Trades and Labor FCU offers payday loan alternatives

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KIMT.com © 08/25/2014 – ALBERT LEA, Minn. – The payday loan industry has made millions off of interest rates on loaned money. Now the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is cracking down on the payday loan business. They began supervising payday loans a few years ago. […]

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Northern Communities CU holding grand opening celebration

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Duluth News Tribune  © 08/25/2014 – DULUTH, Minn. – Northern Communities Credit Union announced a grand opening celebration to take place through Friday during normal business hours, at the E-Branch at The Shops at Bluestone, 1004 Woodland Ave., Duluth. This branch specializes in e-services with […]

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Minnesota Minded: Minn. Credit Unions Experience Growth Boom (WITH VIDEO)

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 08/25/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) today introduced “Minnesota Minded,” a report about the growth Minnesota credit unions have experienced since the financial crisis. Growth areas include adding over 100,000 new […]

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Minnesota Minded — Minn. CU Network commences press tour to talk about the state of Minnesota credit unions

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CUNA News Now © 08/27/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – (Infographic focuses on financial education, community connections.) Today the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) began a series of press events highlighting “the state of Minnesota credit unions” and focusing on membership growth, lending […]

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Wings Financial CU to add four Twin Cities branches

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CU Insight © 08/21/2014 – APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – Wings Financial Credit Union, Minnesota’s largest credit union, announced today that it is adding four full-service branch offices to its network of Twin Cities locations. The new offices, to open in the fourth quarter of 2014 […]

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US Federal CU supports Northfield’s Defeat of Jesse James Days Horseshoe Hunt

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Northfield News © 08/21/2014 – NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Last year, Joe Miller and his daughter Sarah found the Defeat of Jesse James Days Horseshoe in the tall grass behind the thin fence on the back pond in Spring Creek Park. The winner said the […]

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Heartland CU President takes Ice Bucket Challenge

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press release: Heartland Credit Union 08/21/2014 – INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. – Heartland President Kathy Harrington was challenged by a Heartland staff member to take the Ice Bucket Challenge and then challenged other Minnesota Credit Union Presidents to take the challenge too. “We’re […]

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Ideal CU week-long community appreciation event draws large crowd

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press release: Ideal Credit Union 08/20/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – Ideal Credit Union wanted to celebrate its 88th anniversary and successful name change in a big way. So they invited members and the community to a week-long event, five branches in five days, […]

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Central Minnesota CU donates prizes to community carnival

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Newsleaders © 08/21/2014 – OSAKIS, Minn. – On July 7, tenants from four Country Manor housing communities gathered to enjoy a Fourth of July themed carnival.  Tenants, family members and friends enjoyed an afternoon full of entertainment as the neighborhoods came together to celebrate summer “block-party” style.  […]

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HomeTown CU sponsors concerts in Faribault’s Central Park

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Faribault Daily News © 08/18/2014 – FARIBAULT, Minn. – At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, the Faribault based ensemble the Bandshell Brass will give the final performance of Faribault Parks and Recreation’s summer “Concerts in Central Park” series this Thursday. The 7 p.m. concert […]

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$7,500 in financial education grants available from the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation, applications being accepted through Oct. 1

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CUNA News Now © 08/20/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation — with the mission of providing resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive — has a strong commitment to financial education. The Foundation is offering $7,500 in […]

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CUs, other financial institutions likely to feel impact of Supervalu data breach

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MSPBJ © 08/15/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Supervalu’s recently disclosed data breach won’t hit financial institutions as hard as last year’s cyber-attack on Target Corp. stores, but costs will add up if shoppers need new credit cards. Eden Prairie-based Supervalu reported Friday that […]

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Minnesota Credit Union Foundation elects new leadership

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CUNA News Now © 08/18/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation recently announced its board members and table officers. At a meeting on Aug. 14, the Foundation Board elected Dave Larson as Chair, Brian Sherrick as Vice Chair, and Kathy Harrington […]

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HomeTown CU sponsors 4H award at Steele County Free Fair

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Owatonna People’s Press © 08/17/2014 – OWATONNA, Minn. – Cloverbuds have completed kindergarten through third grade. Children this age, who want the experience of exhibiting an animal may do so when a responsible adult is in control of the animal. They are not involved […]

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Sen. Franken visits City & County CU

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CUNA News Now © 08/19/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Aug. 12, Sen. Al Franken met with top Minnesota credit union leaders at City & County Credit Union to discuss the current challenges facing credit unions. As an advocate of credit unions, Franken asked […]

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Catholic United Financial CU’s elder financial abuse prevention efforts featured in national publication

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Network Compliance Teacher © Aug. 2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – On April 29, 2014, an 81-year-old member came into Catholic United Financial Credit Union to withdraw $1,400. The teller asked if she could give him a check, telling him that it would be safer […]

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Collegeville Community CU targeting mid-October for St. John’s University branch opening

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press release: Collegeville Community Credit Union 08/13/2014 – COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Collegeville Community Credit Union (CCCU) President Mark Douvier announced that the Credit Union has received a grant from the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation to assist in establishing  a student-run branch of the credit […]

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Minnco CU sponsors East Central MN Young Life event at Isanti County Fair

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Isanti County News © 08/13/2014 – CAMBRIDGE, Minn. – As fair-goers passed by the Orange Thing and Dunk Tank Young Life stands at the Isanti County Fair this year, they may have been summoned by the smell of delectable Donut Chips and the voice of […]

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Minnesota credit unions endorse Sen. Al Franken for re-election to U.S. Senate

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 08/13/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network’s (MnCUN) Political Involvement Committee recently voted to endorse Sen. Al Franken in his 2014 re-election bid. “Since being elected in 2008, Sen. Franken has proven himself […]

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West Financial CU charter expansion to include all of Wright and Hennepin Counties

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press release: West Financial Credit Union 08/08/2014 – MEDINA, Minn. – West Financial Credit Union today announced that the Minnesota Department of Commerce granted authority for the Medina based Credit Union to expand its financial services into all of Wright and Hennepin Counties. […]

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Foundation touts student-run credit unions at conference for economics teachers

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CUNA News Now © 08/11/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – To emphasize the partnerships between credit unions and schools throughout the state and the opportunities for credit unions to help teachers comply with financial education standards, the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation spoke about school-based, student-run […]

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Catholic United Financial CU efforts to fight elder financial abuse recognized

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Credit Union Times © 08/06/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The SEC has charged a broker based in Roanoke, Va., with defrauding elderly customers by stealing their funds for her personal use and falsifying their account statements to cover up her fraud. According to the […]

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TopLine employee donations help restock local agency’s clothing closet and personal care shelves

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Digital Journal © 08/06/2014 – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – For six weeks employees of TopLine Federal Credit Union exchanged donations of clothing and personal care items to the Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) Clothing Closet and Keystone Community Services for the opportunity to wear jeans […]

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Minnesota credit unions endorse Rep. Rick Nolan in 8th Congressional District contest

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 08/06/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network’s (MnCUN) Political Involvement Committee recently voted to endorse Congressman Rick Nolan in his reelection bid for the 8th Congressional District. “As a strong supporter of middle […]

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Ideal CU shares tips with parents on paying for college

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Ideal Credit Union blog © 07/23/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – If you have a child heading off to college, it is very likely they won’t be able to pay for their education entirely on their own: the average yearly cost of an in-state public college […]

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National credit union membership grows to 100 million-or one in three Americans, Minnesota credit union membership tops 1.6 million

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 08/05/2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Credit unions have surpassed 100 million memberships nationwide – equating to one in every three Americans – Minnesota Credit Union Network President & CEO Mark D. Cummins announced today. Nationally, 2.85 million […]

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City & County CU launches Cash Perks, a new rewards program

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press release: City & County Credit Union 08/04/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – City & County Credit Union recently announced its launch of an enhancement to their debit card cash back rewards program: Cash Perks. Cash Perks is a free program that automatically […]

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Affinity Plus FCU sets up fund for Mendota Heights police officer’s family

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Minnesota Public Radio © 08/01/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announce the criminal charges against Brian Fitch in connection with the shooting death of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick on Wednesday. Wounded after […]

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Royal CU’s Finn & Meszaros make “Top 15″ in CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec Challenge

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CUES © 08/01/2014 – MADISON, Wis. – Public voting has ended and the 2014 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge has narrowed to the Top 15. They are: Chris Boler, AVP/sales and service, $1.5 billion ORNL Federal Credit Union, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Alex Castley, […]

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Unity One CU builds on BACON campaign

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The Financial Brand  © 07/31/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Last fall, One Nevada Credit Union made a stink with BACON, a checking acquisition campaign built around a racy acronym: “Bad Ass Checking (from) One Nevada.” Some people loved BACON, while others called it a marketing […]

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TopLine FCU celebrating 11th Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive

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press release: TopLine Federal Credit Union 07/31/2014 – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – During the month of August, TopLine will be collecting school supplies at all TopLine branches to benefit Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) and Keystone Community Services. Last year, TopLine employees and […]

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Collegeville Community CU to open student-run credit union branch at St. John’s University

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St. Cloud Times © 07/30/2014 – COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Collegeville Community Credit Union has received a grant from the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation to help establish a student-run branch on the campus at St. John’s University. The grant was part of $7,500 in funding the MCUF […]

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RBCU holding Member Appreciation Day on Aug. 2, expects more than 1,000 to attend

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press release: RBCU 07/29/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – All RBCU members are invited to this year’s Member Appreciation Day! On Saturday, Aug. 2. RBCU is hosting a day of food, music, and fun in Roosevelt Park (across the street from our 77th […]

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MnCUN strategic alliance partner grows, moves

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St. Cloud Times © 07/30/2014 – ST. CLOUD, Minn. – DAYTA Marketing earlier this month moved from the former Regency Building in downtown St. Cloud to the second floor of the Ardolf Technology Center at 415 Third St. N., in Waite Park. DAYTA Marketing, which was launched […]

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Minnesota credit unions endorse Tom Emmer in 6th Congressional District race

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CUNA News Now © 08/12/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network’s (MnCUN) Political Involvement Committee recently voted to endorse former State Representative Tom Emmer in the open 6th Congressional District race. “During his tenure in the State Legislature, Rep. Emmer consistently […]

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Central Minnesota CU account aids frostbite victim

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Long Prairie Leader © 07/29/2014 – LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. – The early morning hours of February 8 changed the life of 21 year-old single mom Brianna Wilson forever. According to the Weather Underground website, it was a cold day in Central Minnesota registering as […]

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Ideal CU to hold community appreciation events at five branch locations

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PR Web © 07/29/2014 –  WOODBURY, Minn. – In celebration of its 88th anniversary and the successful completion of its name change, Ideal Credit Union is inviting members and the community to stop by its branches the week of August 11-15 to enjoy a […]

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RCU Foundation presents check to Boys & Girls Clubs

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Unite for Good © 07/29/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – On June 28, 2014, over 900 men, women, and children participated in the 20th Annual RCU Charity Classic. Medals, collector plates, and gift certificates were awarded to the top finishers in each of the races. […]

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Minnesota credit unions, agencies and senior advocates share tips for fighting elder financial abuse

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CUNA News Now © 07/28/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Over 50 representatives from credit unions throughout Minnesota participated in the Elder Financial Abuse Forum hosted by the Minnesota Credit Union Network on July 24. The forum was held to provide front-line credit union staff […]

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St. Cloud FCU holds “More Than Pink” savings education program for girls in Sartell-St. Stephen Public Schools

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LinkedIn: St. Could Federal Credit Union 07/22/2014  – SARTELL, Minn. – Tammy Butler, Supervisor of St. Cloud FCU’S Sartell office, spoke to a group of girls in grades three through six who are attending the “More Than Pink” summer program at Sartell-St. Stephen Public Schools. […]

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Mid-Minnesota FCU supports Brainerd Lakes Area Junior Achievement

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press release: Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union 07/23/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Mid-Minnesota FCU is proud to donate $2,700 to the Brainerd Lakes Area Junior Achievement (JA) of the Upper Midwest. Doug Wolf, MMFCU Chief Financial Officer, along with Tiffany Hirschey, Baxter Branch […]

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Dan Anderson of Royal CU Investment & Insurance team honored as an Invest Top Leader

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press release: Royal Credit Union 07/23/2014  – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Dan Anderson, Senior Financial Advisor, RCU Investment & Insurance Team has earned the INVEST Leaders level of recognition – an honor given to a select set of top producers supported by INVEST […]

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Former Minn. Attorney General Skip Humphrey moderating MnCUN’s July 24 Elder Abuse Financial Forum – audio preview available here

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news advisory: Minnesota Credit Union Network 07/23/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Seniors and vulnerable adults can be taken advantage of financially by con artists and family members alike. To help provide education about this issue, the Minnesota Credit Union Network is hosting […]

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US Federal CU to host event for local businesses

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press release: US Federal Credit Union 07/22/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – US Federal Credit Union (USFCU) will be hosting a business open house and social media seminar at their Burnsville location (1400 Riverwood Drive) on Tuesday, August 12 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 […]

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Royal CU named Platinum Million Dollar Lender by USDA

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press release: Royal Credit Union 07/22/2014 – STEVENS POINT, Wis. – USDA Rural Development State Director, Stan Gruszynski, named Royal Credit Union as a recipient of the 2013 Platinum Million Dollar Lender Award. The award is presented each year to lenders who have […]

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South Metro FCU first in state with full-service ATM Shared Branch banking

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press release: South Metro Federal Credit Union 07/21/2014 – PRIOR LAKE, Minn. – South Metro Federal Credit Union (FCU) announces it has installed the latest generation of ATMs that are providing its members with full-service banking. “We are the first credit union in […]

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SouthPoint FCU announces plans for new branch location in St. Peter

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St. Peter Herald © 07/21/2014 –  SLEEPY EYE, Minn. – SouthPoint Federal Credit Union is pleased to be coming to the community of St. Peter, MN in the near future.  Located at 105 South 3rd Street, Suite 100, the branch will be the […]

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Royal CU team members in the running to be the Next Top Credit Union Exec

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press release: Royal Credit Union 07/21/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union (RCU) has two applicants in the running to be the Next Top Credit Union Exec (NTCUE).  Andrea Finn, Digital Marketing Specialist, and Brianne Meszaros, MN Branch Manager, are two […]

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Soo Line CU provides individual player donation to Minnewaska Laker Golf Classic

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Pope County Tribune © 07/22/2014 –  GLENWOOD, Minn. – A big “thank you” goes out to all who participated in the 12th Annual Laker Golf Classic to make it such a great success! Due to your generous contributions we raised just over $14,000! This […]

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Affinity Plus FCU featured in CU Grow’s “The Most Important Article You Will Ever Read on Bank and Credit Union Videos” article

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CU Grow (excerpt) © 07/17/2014 –  ST. PAUL, Minn. – Let’s take a look at a real world example of the power of the thumbnail. And yes, it comes from the financial services industry. This is a snapshot of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union’s YouTube […]

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Lake State CU supports Agate Days Festival in Moose Lake

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Duluth News Tribune © 07/17/2014 – MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – The Carlton County Gem and Mineral Club and the Moose Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted the 45th annual Carlton County Gem and Mineral Show and Agate Days Festival Saturday and Sunday. Billing itself as “the world’s […]

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Caysee Beise joins Northern Communites CU in Duluth

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Duluth News Tribune © 07/21/2014 – DULUTH, Minn. – Caysee Beise joined Northern Communities Credit Union’s e-branch in The Shops at Bluestone off Woodland Avenue. She is available for lending needs, opening new accounts and assisting members with online services.

Central Minnesota CU supports the arts in Melrose

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St. Cloud Times © 07/16/2014 – LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – The Sauk River Players are bringing a 1960s television hit to the stage. The theatrical group is presenting “The Addams Family,” featuring Morticia, the death-obsessed matriarch, the gobbledygook ramblings of super-hairy Cousin Itt and the […]

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Lake State CU holds community “Celebration of Summer”

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Isanti County News © 07/16/2014 – ISANTI, Minn. – Lake State Credit Union held a celebration of summer on Friday, July 11, with face painting, classic cars, games and vendors. Photo: 2013 Isanti Ambassador Kaitlin Svoboda, 2014 candidate Jade Lamb and 2013 Isanti Ambassador Kellie Pedersen, […]

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TopLine FCU bike drive benefits St. Paul youth apprenticeship program

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Market Wired © 07/16/2014 –  MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – On May 31, TopLine Federal Credit Union hosted a bike donation drive at its Como Park branch location with donations benefiting one of Keystone Community Services’ Youth Programs, the Express Bike Shop. TopLine members traveled from near […]

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Mid-Minnesota FCU helps veterans through Minnesota Action Council for Veterans StandDown events

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Morrison County Record © 06/25/2014 – LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – The Little Falls Rotary along with the representatives from the Minnesota Action Council for Veterans (MACV) StandDowns are asking for help to furnish Minnesota veterans with necessities. A veteran at a past StandDown tries on […]

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Richfield Bloomington CU awards student scholarships

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Bloomington Sun Current © 07/13/2014 – BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The following Bloomington students received Richfield Bloomington Credit Union scholarships: Brenna Carberry, Meghan Hohenstein, Timothy Larson, Mathew Rosen. Elizabeth Kyllo of Bloomington received a $500 CKC Good Food scholarship. The St. Paul-based catering company awards scholarships […]

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Minnesota Credit Union Foundation hosts inaugural Financial Literacy 5K

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CUNA News Now © 07/18/2014 – BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nearly 300 financial education supporters took part in the inaugural Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Financial Literacy 5K on July 12. The event was held at Lake Normandale in Bloomington and featured a walk/run for […]

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TopLine FCU helps answer: When saving for retirement, how much is enough?

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Channel 12 © 07/03/2014 – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – You could say Doug Gelhaye can create the unknown out of the unexpected. “You won’t find this at Kmart,” jokes Gelhaye as he holds up a piece of his artwork he describes as a “sort-of alien-man […]

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US Federal CU to hold community blood drive

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press release: US Federal Credit Union 07/10/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – US Federal Credit Union (USFCU) will host its bi-annual blood drive with Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 and invites the community to participate. The blood mobile will be […]

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Lake State CU retail services manager shares insights about “new normal” in auto lending

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Credit Union Journal  © 07/03/2014 – MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – Credit Union Journal asked CU lending executives to talk about the “new normal” in auto lending, offering insight into the differences to be found in the market today compared to just a few years ago. […]

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Royal CU helps fill national credit union membership milestone website

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CUNA News Now © 07/10/2014 – MADISON, Wis. – The Credit Union National Association’s 100 million membership campaign website is beginning to fill up with the faces of credit union members from throughout the country. Credit union members are showing “what 100 million […]

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Affinity Plus Foundation representative recognized as a Time MONEY Hero

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CUNA News Now ©  07/11/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Sandy Olson, an employee of the charitable foundation of $1.7 billion-asset Affinity Plus FCU, St. Paul, Minn., has been recognized as a Time MONEY hero.  One person from each state and the District of Columbia […]

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Hiway FCU serves and protects military families

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Credit Union Times © 07/06/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Our men and women in uniform make great sacrifices for our country – and all of us – every day. The recent stories about patient care in Veterans Administration facilities and the Independence Day […]

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City & County CU raises over $1,000 for Second Harvest Heartland

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press release: City & County Credit Union 07/07/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – City & County Credit Union raised over $1,000 in two weeks for Second Harvest Heartland, the Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization. The campaign raised $1,041 from staff donations as part […]

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Hiway FCU named Outstanding 2014 Financial Advocate by LSS Financial Counseling

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Brainerd Dispatch © 06/29/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – On June 18, LSS Financial Counseling hosted its fifth annual Financial Advocacy Awards in Minneapolis to recognize people or organizations that serve to improve economic justice and advocate for people and families in vulnerable […]

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Minnesota Valley FCU named #2 best bank by Mankato Magazine

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Mankato Magazine © 07/2014 – MANKATO, Minn. – This month’s Mankato Magazine “catalogue” comes to you with the help of our annual “Best of Mankato” features. As has been done for the past several years, Mankato Magazine put out a call for area […]

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Mid-Minnesota FCU President & CEO named “Outstanding Alumni” by Central Lakes College

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Central Lakes College © 06/27/2014 – BRAINERD, Minn. – Central Lakes College honored 75 outstanding alumni at a special recognition ceremony on Saturday, June 21, at the Brainerd campus. As Central Lakes College celebrates its 75th anniversary, officials recognized and honored 75 outstanding alumni […]

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SouthPoint FCU offers storm damage relief program

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New Ulm Journal © 06/26/2014 – SLEEPY EYE, Minn. – In light of recent storm and flood damage, SouthPoint Federal Credit Union is offering a Storm Damage Relief Program. This program offers financial assistance to members who have been negatively impacted by recent storms […]

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Wings Financial Credit Union chooses MnIPC for deposit services

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press release: Minnesota Item Processing Corporation 06/27/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Building on a seven-year business relationship, Wings Financial Credit Union and Minnesota Item Processing Corporation (MnIPC) have entered into a new, longer-term contract which expands the services MnIPC provides the […]

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SPIRE CU Vice President graduates with honors from financial services industry school

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press release: SPIRE Credit Union  06/25/2014 – FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Kellie Eaton, SPIRE Credit Union’s Vice President of Retail and Card Services, Recently graduated with honors from the Barret Graduate School of Banking in Memphis, Tenn. The program spans three years and includes 125 hours […]

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Northern Eagle FCU – Minnesota’s newest credit union – educates members and provides essential financial services

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Northern Eagle Federal Credit Union 06/25/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Northern Eagle Federal Credit Union opened for business in January 2014, with offices in Nett Lake and Tower on Bois Forte Chippewa Reservation in northern Minnesota. The credit union is currently […]

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Event rescheduled for July 21 – St. Paul Saints Giving Back Courtesy of TopLine FCU

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TopLine Federal Credit Union © 06/25/2014  – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – Whether it’s donating time to a worthy cause, giving money to your favorite charity or helping family or friends in need, many of us could do a little more. The St. Paul Saints […]

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Minnesota makes top 5 in the “Smartest States for Financial Literacy” list

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Foundation 06/25/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Earlier this month, WalletHub released a study that positioned Minnesota as #5 in its ranking of the “Smartest States for Financial Literacy.” WalletHub is a financial decision-making site that provides tools […]

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Embarrass Vermillion FCU raises most funds in state for Minnesota Credit Union for Kids

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Mesabi Daily News © 06/23/2014 – EMBARRASS, Minn. – The Embarrass Vermillion Federal Credit Union took part in Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids — and scored highest in the state raising funds for the Children’s Miracle Network, an international non-profit organization to aid […]

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Affinity Plus FCU honored at Jefferson Awards national ceremony

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Digital Journal © 06/30/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Affinity Plus was recently honored at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony held in Washington D.C. on June 17. Over the past 42 years, the Jefferson Awards has recognized over 50,000 individuals and organizations that inspire […]

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Wakota FCU to hold second annual Community Appreciation Day

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Wakota Federal Credit Union  06/20/2014 – SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. – Wakota Federal Credit Union will be holding its second annual Community Appreciation Day on Friday, June 27, from 2-6 p.m. Visit www.wakotafcu.org to learn more about the credit union’s community involvement […]

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Central Minnesota CU sponsors Melrose Riverfest

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St. Cloud Times © 06/23/2014 – MELROSE, Minn. – At first, watching pigs dash around a 100-foot oval track to the powdered-sugar doughnut at the finish was entertainment enough. The act drew 40 or 50 people to the Bear’s Den bar in Leader, a […]

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Ideal CU holds ribbon cutting ceremony at Woodbury corporate headquarters

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PR Web © 06/23/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – Ideal Credit Union held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its corporate headquarters in Woodbury on June 18, 2014, to celebrate the successful rebranding of the 88-year old cooperative. Local dignitaries, royalty, chamber members and credit […]

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Thrivent Financial members proclaim CU difference on Facebook

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CUNA News Now © 06/23/2014 – MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – While some credit union marketing specialists debate the best way to engage with members online, one credit union affiliate appears to have struck gold with a simple question. Thrivent Financial, a faith-based fraternal benefit […]

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US Federal CU gives back to Burnsville students and teachers

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press release: US Federal Credit Union 06/17/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – US Federal Credit Union (USFCU) sponsored the 6th annual “Why I Love Burnsville” essay contest. As a part of “I Love Burnsville Week,” held May 31 through June 7, this contest challenged third […]

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South Metro FCU, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community team on automated external defibrillators

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press release: Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community 06/19/2014 – PRIOR LAKE, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to South Metro Federal Credit Union on June 11, 2014, for use in their building. Pictured are Mdewakanton Public Safety […]

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Wings Financial CU plans new building in Savage

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Star Tribune © 06/19/2014 – APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – A vacant “pad site” in Ryan Cos.’ Savage Crossings retail center is in line for a new Wings Financial Credit Union building under plans approved this month by the city of Savage’s planning commission. Apple […]

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Register now for the inaugural Financial Literacy 5K – early bird discounts end June 25

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Minnesota Credit Union Foundation 06/19/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Financial education supporters, walkers and running enthusiasts — mark your calendars to participate in the inaugural Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Financial Literacy 5K! Set for Saturday, July 12, at Lake Normandale in Bloomington, this event […]

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SPIRE/Greater Minnesota credit unions merge

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press release: SPIRE Credit Union 06/18/2014 – FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – With 89 percent in favor, the membership of Mora, Minnesota-based Greater Minnesota Credit Union (GMCU) has approved a merger with Twin Cities-based SPIRE Credit Union (SPIRE). The name of the new consolidated […]

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Mayo Employees FCU Board member designated a “CU Builder” through the Minnesota CU Foundation

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Rochester Post Bulletin © 06/20/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – In recognition of her outstanding dedication and service to Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union, the Board of Directors has designated Jacqueline L. Moen as a “Credit Union Builder” through the Minnesota Credit Union […]

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First Alliance CU, Mayo Employees FCU sponsor Rochesterfest events

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Rochesterfest © 06/18/2014 – ROCHESTER, Minn. – Rochesterfest is a citywide celebration of Rochester. Several local businesses and organizations – including First Alliance CU and Mayo Employees FCU – make the community event possible by sponsoring countless activities that offer entertainment and fun. Saturday, […]

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Affinity Plus FCU opens new Bemidji Branch

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press release: Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union 06/17/2014 – BEMIDJI, Minn. – In order to better serve members of Affinity Plus located in Bemidji and surrounding communities, the credit union has opened a new, larger location. The new branch is located at 2800 […]

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House Ways and Means’ Paulsen pens concerns regarding NCUA risk-based capital plan

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CUNA News Now © 06/17/2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, warns that credit unions in his state would be adversely impacted by the National Credit Union Administration’s risk-based capital proposal and he […]

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Hiway FCU and Wings Financial CU make Star Tribune’s 2014 Top Workplaces list

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Star Tribune © 06/15/2014 – MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota employees surveyed by WorkplaceDynamics ranked 100 employers as Top Workplaces for 2014. To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,000 companies were invited to […]

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Minnesota CU advocates discuss risk-based capital standards with legislators, regulators

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 06/16/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Representatives from seven Minnesota credit unions and the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) were in Washington, D.C., June 9-11, during the MnCUN’s annual Hike the Hill event. The three-day trip included […]

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Central Minnesota CU receives Financial Leadership training grant

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Dairyland Peach © 06/13/2014 – MELROSE, Minn. – Central Minnesota Credit Union (CMCU), has received a $228,760 training grant through the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program (MJSP), a division of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. A grant signing ceremony was held […]

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Royal CU names first Young & Free Royal Spokester

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press release: Royal Credit Union 06/12/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – The search is over for Royal Credit Union’s voice of the 18-25-year-old crowd. With the help of a public vote Shadoe Settle, is the winner of RCU’s ultimate job search and the […]

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St. Pascal Parish CU joins St. Paul Federal Credit Union

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press release: St. Paul Federal Credit Union 06/12/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Effective June 1, 2014, St. Pascal Parish Credit Union joined St. Paul Federal Credit Union. “We are excited to welcome the parish, school, and family members into our membership,” said […]

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Mid-Minnesota FCU sponsors medallion hunt at Little Falls Dam Festival

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Morrison County Record © 06/12/2014 – LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – Although clues for the medallion hunt sponsored by Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union will  be released starting Monday, other events happening at the 2014 Little Falls Dam Festival will begin Friday. Clues to help […]

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Affinity Plus FCU President & CEO to be among first to ride Metro Transit’s new Green Line

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press release: Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union 06/11/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – President and CEO of Affinity Plus, Dave Larson, will be joining the first 25 riders on the METRO Green Line at the Stadium Village stop during its official opening on Saturday, […]

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Affinity Plus FCU’s Minneapolis branch to open bike-thru lane

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press release: Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union 06/11/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minneapolis has been climbing the rankings as one of the top bicycle communities in the nation, and Affinity Plus wants to make sure it’s adapting to serve these two-wheeled commuters. […]

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Minnesota credit union membership up, loan delinquencies down in first quarter

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 06/11/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Final data reported in the first quarter of 2014 shows that Minnesota’s credit unions continued to grow in most leading indicators – a trend that has continued in the years since […]

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Minnesota CUs “Hike the Hill” this week

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CUNA News Now © 06/09/2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Credit union representatives from Michigan, Minnesota and Maine are the first ones scheduled for this year’s Hike the Hill program. Hike the Hill, which runs from May to September is sponsored by the Credit […]

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Affinity Plus FCU supports ‘Heroic’ dog that gives students a paw up on reading skills

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Mille Lacs County Times © 06/04/2014  – LAKEVILLE, Minn. – Dare we say Hero, a golden Labrador retriever, is the “paws” that refreshes, cuddles and calms students at Eastview Elementary School in the Lakeville school district? For part of each school day, Hero, […]

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Greater Minnesota CU president, CEO Ahlness retires

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Mille Lacs County Times © 06/04/2014  – MORA, Minn. – Greater Minnesota Credit Union (GMCU) today announced that the company’s president and CEO, Steve Ahlness, will retire as an officer on July 1, 2014.  Ahlness’ decision to retire will bring to a close […]

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Two students receive Minnesota Family Involvement Council scholarships at TopLine FCU

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Marketwired © 06/03/2014  – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – TopLine Federal Credit Union is honored to announce that members of two families each won a $1,000 and $500 scholarship respectively from the Minnesota Family Involvement Council (FIC). This year the FIC offered eighteen college scholarships […]

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30+ year industry veteran Jim DeBilzan honored as a “CU Builder” through the Minnesota CU Foundation

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Foundation 06/03/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – After more than 35 years as a devoted credit union volunteer and manager, Jim DeBilzan retired last month. In honor of his dedication and service to the credit union movement, […]

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Royal CU donates over $8K to Minnesota teachers

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Fox 9.com © 05/13/2014  – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union believes a good education is a solid foundation for lifelong learning. That’s why RCU donated over $8K this school year to area classrooms. Each year the FOX 9 Top Teacher Awards […]

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Royal CU to hold 2014 Charity Classic event

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press release: Royal Credit Union 06/02/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – The 20th Annual RCU Charity Classic will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, with races beginning in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park. The day kicks off with a 10k walk/run at […]

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Postal/Ideal CU re-elects incumbents to board of directors

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PR Web © 06/02/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – At its recent Annual Meeting, members of Postal Credit Union (PCU) returned three incumbents to their seats on the Board of Directors. James C. Bryan, Keith E. Hauge and Lisa M. Liddell will all serve […]

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Lake State CU invests in interactive video teller machines for Duluth location

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Star Tribune © 05/31/2014  – DULUTH, Minn. – ATM innovators are thinking big, envisioning smarter machines that dispense a wider range of products. A wave of innovation is breathing new life into the automated teller machine. As consumers cut back on cash, bankers, […]

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Postal CU Community Foundation’s 5K walk raises $53,000 for brain cancer research

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press release: Postal Credit Union 05/30/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – In 2010, the inaugural Minnesota Musella Foundation 5k Walk/Run attracted about 100 participants whose lives had been touched by brain cancer in some way. This year a new record was set – close […]

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Minnesota Credit Union Network celebrates growth & development of credit unions in Paraguay

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 05/30/2014 – ASUNCION, Paraguay – Last week, representatives from the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) traveled to Paraguay to recognize the 20th anniversary of Central de Cooperativas del Area Nacional Ltda. (CENCOPAN). Formed in 1994, CENCOPAN provides its […]

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Mid-Minnesota FCU offers free shred day to protect against identity theft

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Brainerd Dispatch © 05/30/2014 – BAXTER, Minn. – Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) through a partnership with Paper Storm Secure Document Shredding, is offering free community-wide Shred Days at all MMFCU locations. The idea is keep the wrong person from finding valuable identifying data. […]

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Mayo Employees FCU ranks in SNL Financial’s annual “Best-performing credit unions over $500M” list

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SNL Financial Data Dispatch © April 2014  – CHARLOTTESVILLE, Vir. – SNL ranked the best-performing credit unions using a mix of five core financial performance metrics that focus on growth, asset quality and operating efficiency for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, 2013. […]

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Minnesota Credit Union Network weighs in on tax debate

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Prairie Business © 05/29/2014  – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The six months-long back-and-forth debate about credit unions and taxation on the pages of “Prairie Business” has gone on long enough. Credit unions are a vital part of today’s financial services industry, offering a […]

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Minnesota makes WalletHub’s list of Top 10 Smartest States for Financial Literacy

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WalletHub © 05/29/2014 – Making ends meet these days is challenging. Besides daily expenses, there are emergencies, planning for big-ticket items like college tuition for the kids, weddings and, of course, retirement. On top of that, the end of many traditional pension plans […]

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Royal CU named a top credit union for consumer-friendly banking by NerdWallet

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press release: Royal Credit Union – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union has been recognized by personal finance website NerdWallet for its consumer-friendly products and services. RCU was named a top credit union in NerdWallet’s Consumer Banking Index, one of only […]

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Wings Financial CU helps members turn their dream home into reality

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HERLIFE Magazine © May 2014 – APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – Owning your own home remains a big part of the American Dream. Thankfully, this dream continues to become a reality for families in the Twin Cities area. With winter finally behind us, […]

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New Affinity Plus CEO Dave Larson tries to put a lid on ‘explosive growth’

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Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal © 05/23/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Dave Larson has more than 12 years of experience at Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, which included overseeing the lender’s 27 branches. He spent the majority of that time as senior vice […]

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US Federal CU Shred Event has big impact on community and environment

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press release: US Federal Credit Union – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – US Federal Credit Union (USFCU) partnered with Shred Right, the Better Business Bureau, and the Minnesota Department of Commerce to host a shred event on April 12, 2014. Shred Event: Secure […]

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TopLine FCU helps support local youth with bike donations

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press release: TopLine Federal Credit Union 05/22/2014 – May is Minnesota Bike Month…help support local youth employment! Do you have a bike sitting idle in your garage or fated for the scrap yard; why not donate it to support local youth employment? TopLine […]

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Minn. CU members share #whyIlovemyCU

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CUNA News Now © 05/22/2014  – ST. PAUL, Minn. – How, or why, do Minnesotans love their credit unions? Let us count the ways. “Because it’s people-helping-people, making each other’s life easier, and dreams bigger,” tweeted Pete Nohelty. “(It) makes a positive […]

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Lake State CU wins business development award

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press release: CU Direct 05/16/2014 – LAS VEGAS, Nev. – CU Direct (www.cudirect.com), the nation’s leading provider of lending, automotive and strategic solutions to the credit union industry, today announced the winners of their 2014 Best Practices Awards.  The awards, which recognize credit unions’ […]

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SharePoint CU names new board member

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press release: SharePoint Credit Union 05/20/2014 – HOPKINS, Minn. – SharePoint Credit Union has named Nicholas Nelson to its Board of Directors.  Nelson has been a member of SharePoint since 2001; serving as a Member of the Advisory Counsel to the Board in […]

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Woodbury Middle School partners with United Educators Credit Union for Financial Literacy Month

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South Washington County Schools © 05/20/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – United Educators Credit Union provided Woodbury Middle School students with a friendly competition to promote Financial Literacy Month and National Credit Union Youth Week. Students were encouraged to draw or paint a picture demonstrating their concept of Save, Share and Spend. Entries were […]

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Froemming joins Mid-Minnesota FCU board

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Brainerd Dispatch © 05/16/2014 – BAXTER, Minn. – Todd Froemming of Baxter joins Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union Board of Director’s. Froemming replaced outgoing Board Member Eryk Haapajoki. Froemming is co-owner of Syvantis Technologies, as well as Senior Technical Consultant for Syvantis, covering all aspects […]

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United Educators Foundation announces academic scholarship recipients

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press release: United Educators Credit Union 05/16/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – United Educators Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of its annual academic scholarship awards. Carrie Warren of Coon Rapids has been awarded the $2,000 Educator Scholarship. Warren is currently an […]

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Sen. Franken spotlights CUs’ risk-based capital plan concerns

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CUNA News Now © 05/15/2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) sent a letter Wednesday to National Credit Union Administration Chair Debbie Matz urging her to consider the input of Minnesota’s credit unions as the agency considers its risk-based capital (RBC) proposal. […]

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United Educators Foundation offers Minnesota schools financial education grants

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press release: United Educators Credit Union 05/15/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – United Educators Foundation is pleased to announce its 7th Annual Financial Education Grant program. This year, the Foundation increased its grant pool to $3,000, and will provide up to six $500 […]

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Royal CU Sacred Heart Hospital office celebrates grand opening

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press release: Royal Credit Union 05/14/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union’s newest office located in Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, is now open. The official Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting was held today. RCU […]

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US Federal CU announces new Business Development Specialist

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press release: US Federal Credit Union 05/14/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – US Federal Credit Union (USFCU) recently welcomed Xiong Lee to the position of Business Development Specialist.  Xiong comes to USFCU with over 10 years of experience in the credit union industry. […]

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6 misconceptions about credit unions

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Bankrate.com © 05/14/2014 – You’ve probably heard that credit unions have lower fees than banks and offer better rates on loans and credit cards. But while the financial incentives for joining a credit union have been well-documented, membership isn’t growing as […]

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HomeTown FCU, Owatonna area residents surpass ‘On the Move’ program’s goal

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Owatonna People’s Press © 05/12/2014 – OWATONNA, Minn. – More than 1,000 Owatonna area residents have taken steps toward a healthier lifestyle with Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna’s five-week “On the Move” wellness program. And after two weeks, residents and teams have walked […]

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Minnesota credit union growth continues in first quarter of 2014

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CUNA News Now © 05/13/2014  – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s credit unions experienced sustained growth in most preliminary Q1 2014 industry measures, indicating that they continue to be a trusted choice as local, member-owned financial partners for both Minnesota consumers and […]

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Albrecht named chair of MnCUN board

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Brainerd Dispatch © 05/09/2014 – BAXTER, Minn. – Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union President Chuck Albrecht was named chairman of the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MNCUN) Board of Directors at the organization’s annual meeting and convention, April 25-26, in Bloomington. Albrecht will serve a three-year […]

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Royal CU volunteers at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

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video: Royal Credit Union 05/09/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Team members from Royal Credit Union’s Edina, St. Paul, and Coon Rapids branches spent an evening volunteering in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, […]

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Jed Meyer named St. Cloud FCU CEO

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press release and Credit Union Times © 05/08/2014 – ST. CLOUD, Minn. – St. Cloud Federal Credit Union (SCFCU) is pleased to announce the selection of Jed Meyer as the organization’s new President/Chief Executive Officer. “SCFCU is excited to have Jed take on the […]

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Royal CU members re-elect two directors to board

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press release: Royal Credit Union 05/08/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – At the 50th Annual Meeting of Royal Credit Union (RCU) held Tuesday, April 29, at the RCU Corporate Center, two Board Members were re-elected to three-year terms— Nancy Beltz and Tom […]

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Minnesota CU committee members awarded for service, dedication

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 05/07/2014 – BLOOMINGTON, Minn. –  The Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (MnCU4Kids) and Minnesota Family Involvement Council (FIC) committees of the Minnesota Credit m Union Foundation recently honored two members for their outstanding service. […]

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Greater Minnesota CU CEO Steve Ahlness dubbed a “CU Builder” through the Minnesota CU Foundation

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 05/06/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – On April 14, the Greater Minnesota Credit Union Board of Directors honored President/CEO Steven M. Ahlness as a distinguished “Credit Union Builder” at the credit union’s annual meeting. Ahlness, […]

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CUNA Mutual’s Bob Kigin recognized as a “CU Builder” through the Minnesota CU Foundation

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 05/05/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Robert Kigin, Sales Executive with CUNA Mutual Group for more than 32 years, was recently designated a Credit Union Builder by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. Kigin recently […]

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Minnesota CU Foundation donates financial education program box sets to Gillette Children’s hospital

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 05/02/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – In celebration of Financial Literacy Month in April 2014, the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation donated to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare two DVD box sets of the Biz Kid$ financial […]

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Minn. CUs celebrate success at annual meeting

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CUNA News Now © 05/02/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) celebrated success, presented its annual awards and announced the results of its board elections at the league’s annual meeting, held April 25-26 in St. Paul, Minn. National Credit […]

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Postal CU embodies Ideal in June

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Credit Union Times © 05/05/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Next month the $567 million Postal Credit Union, headquartered in Woodbury, Minn., will become Ideal Credit Union. The move will help it better serve a broader and more diverse membership, the credit union said. […]

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TopLine Opens a New Location — On Mobile Devices Everywhere

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Marketwired © 04/28/2014 – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – TopLine Federal Credit Union is expanding its services with the addition of its mobile app and mobile deposit, making it easier for members to manage their accounts anytime — from anywhere. The TopLine app was launched […]

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Postal CU changing name to Ideal Credit Union

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PRWeb © 05/01/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – Postal Credit Union (PCU) is excited to announce it is changing its name to Ideal Credit Union, effective June of 2014. The change to Ideal was a thoughtful and strategic move by management and the credit […]

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Minn. credit unions highlight financial education leadership during Financial Capability Month

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 05/01/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Throughout Financial Capability Month in April – as proclaimed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton – the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and credit unions around the state held events and […]

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Royal CU opens Hudson branch

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Hudson Star Observer © 04/30/2014 – HUDSON, Wis. – It took longer than anticipated –- and it’s in a different location than first planned –- but Royal Credit Union now has a Hudson branch. The full-service office opened April 7 in the 2,900-square-foot space […]

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Meals on Wheels celebrates 40 years and the spirit of volunteerism with Affinity Plus FCU

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Grand Rapids Herald Review © 04/30/2014 – GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The concept of getting hot meals to the homes those in need, particularly the elderly, has undergone an evolution in the United States. It began during World War II, when nurses rolled […]

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Royal CU sponsors Spring Showcase, featuring more than 80 businesses

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Hudson Star Observer © 04/30/2014 – HUDSON, Wis. – The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau’s 12th annual Spring Showcase is scheduled Sunday, May 4, at the Hudson Sports & Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.The Spring Showcase is a […]

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MnCUN pays tribute to two exceptional credit union advocates

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 04/30/2014 – BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) honored two credit union advocates with its most prestigious awards – Outstanding Credit Union Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Credit Union Professional of […]

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SharePoint CU contributes $2,000 to the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation for Gillette Children’s Hospital

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press release: SharePoint Credit Union 04/29/2014 – HOPKINS, Minn. – SharePoint Credit Union recently donated $2,000 to Minnesota’s Credit Union for Kids (MnCU4Kids) program to support Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare through the credit union’s fundraising efforts January 13- February 28, 2014. SharePoint is recognized […]

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MnCUN elects board, welcomes 450 at Annual Meeting

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 04/29/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) held its Annual Meeting & Convention on April 25-26 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. More than 450 credit union professionals […]

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US Federal CU brings financial education to local high school students

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press release: US Federal CU 04/29/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. – US Federal Credit Union (USFCU) Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Leon Eichten, recently visited Eden Prairie High School (EPHS) seniors to discuss various financial education topics. His presentation was […]

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Mid-Minnesota FCU teams with Little Falls Rotary to help homeless veterans

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Morrison County Record © 04/29/2014 – LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – For the second year, the Little Falls Rotary Club is collecting items to be dispersed to homeless and near-homeless veterans around Minnesota. The Club is asking for the community’s help. The Minnesota Action […]

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Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman receives national credit union award for work in financial empowerment

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Insurancenewsnet.com © 04/29/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Friday, Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman was presented the Desjardins Financial Education Award for State Government Policymakers at the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s (MNCUN) annual meeting in Bloomington. The national award […]

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Greater Minnesota CU wins two state awards, one national award

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Mille Lacs County Times © 04/28/2014 – MORA, Minn. –  Greater Minnesota Credit Union (GMCU) was recently recognized for their efforts in social responsibility and financial literacy training. GMCU recently learned it won first place in the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility […]

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Credit union advocates meet with Rep. Collin Peterson

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Rep. Collin Peterson newsletter © 04/25/2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week I met with the Minnesota Credit Union Network. Credit Unions exist as member owned financial cooperatives for the purpose of providing credit at competitive rates among other financial services. There […]

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Hiway FCU supports annual Minnesota State Patrol Awards

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HometownSource.com © 04/28/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Finding victims unresponsive and performing CPR to help them breathe again. Taking chase to apprehend a suspect. Rescuing trapped people from vehicles and buildings. The law enforcement officers and citizens responsible for these heroic acts were […]

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SouthPoint FCU to build administrative center in Sleepy Eye

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The Journal © 04/28/2014 – SLEEPY EYE, Minn. –  In early 2015, all back office staff of SouthPoint Federal Credit Union will be relocating from the current rental space in the Schutz Family Foods building in Sleepy Eye to a new […]

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Financial education highlighted during Financial Literacy Month

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Echo Press editorial: Minnesota Credit Union Network & Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union © 04/25/2014 – ST. PAUL & BAXTER, Minn. – Across Minnesota and the country, credit unions are celebrating Financial Literacy Month in April to increase awareness about personal finance education. While credit […]

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Credit union employees wear jeans, food shelves gain generous donations during Minnesota FoodShare Month

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Digital Journal © 04/25/2014 – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – For the month of March employees of TopLine Federal Credit Union exchanged donations of food and cash to the Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) and Keystone Community Services food shelves for the chance […]

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Catholic United Financial CU, AARP Minnesota urge proactive steps to help prevent senior financial fraud

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04/23/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – To formally announce the release of the guidance and celebrate the coalescence of community organizations committed to combating senior fraud, the Minnesota Department of Commerce held a press conference in St. Paul yesterday. Representatives from […]

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SPIRE FCU fields major, minor savings for members

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CUNA News Now  © 04/23/2014 – SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The crack of the bat, the squeak of shoes on the hardwood, hot dogs and grilled onions, the roar of the crowd–the sights, sounds and smells of a professional sporting event. It’s […]

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United Educators CU, state, university officials teach financial skills at Aquila Elementary School

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 04/22/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – United Educators Credit Union (UECU) and Aquila Elementary School welcomed Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, Deputy Commissioner Shane Deal and University of Minnesota Extension Educator Mary Jo […]

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TopLine FCU helps Twin Cities teens learn key money management skills

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Market Wired © 04/21/2014 – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – In February and April TopLine teamed up with YouthCARE (Youth for Cultural Appreciation and Racial Equality) of Minneapolis and St. Paul to provide a financial literacy workshop for students who participate in […]

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US Federal CU to participate in non-prime auto lending pilot

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Hispanic Business © 04/21/2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Credit Union Foundation, (NCUF) in partnership with Filene Research Institute, announced today that the product incubator for Non-Prime Auto Loans, is full with 14 credit unions across the country participating. Non-Prime Auto Loans, […]

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Affinity Plus FCU announces 2014 board of directors

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Credit Union Insight © 04/21/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Affinity Plus announced at its Annual Meeting of Membership that the three open seats for the board of directors have been filled and each candidate will serve a new three-year term. Below […]

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Affinity Plus FCU announces 2014 board of directors

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Credit Union Insight © 04/21/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Affinity Plus announced at its Annual Meeting of Membership that the three open seats for the board of directors have been filled and each candidate will serve a new three-year term. Below […]

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United Educators CU, Commissioners Rothman and Cassellius illustrate that when it comes to saving, “It’s Never Too Early to Start”

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Insurance News Net © 04/19/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Commerce issued the following news release: To celebrate the release of “It’s Never too Early to Start,” a guide that focuses on how parents and teachers can use children’s […]

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Deputy Commerce Commissioner, state legislators visit St. Paul Federal Credit Union’s Como Park Senior High School branch

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 04/18/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – St. Paul Federal Credit Union and Como Park Senior High School welcomed Minnesota Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner of Financial Institutions Shane Deal and Minnesota State Representatives Alice Hausman […]

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Minnesota Power Employees CU helps Duluth children learn money skills

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WDIO Television © 04/17/2014 – DULUTH, Minn. –  An educational exhibit about money at the Duluth Children’s Museum – “Moneyville” –  includes a bank and a stock market display.  The Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union provided a grant to bring the display […]

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General Mills FCU gives back with $10,000 in scholarships

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press release: General Mills FCU © 04/14/2014 – MINNETONKA, Minn. –  General Mills Federal Credit Union (GMFCU) recently announced their 6th Annual Scholarship Program award recipients. A total of $10,000 will be granted to six credit union members for the 2014-2015 academic […]

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Minnesota Credit Union Foundation’s Family Involvement Council educates young leaders on credit union careers

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Foundation 04/17/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Last month, members of the Minnesota Family Involvement Council (FIC) shared their knowledge and expertise about credit unions with high school students at the Cooperative Network’s “Co-ops YES!” Youth […]

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Affinity Plus Receives award from American Red Cross

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press release: Affinity Plus FCU 04/17/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Affinity Plus was honored at the Celebration of Giving Event hosted by the American Red Cross – Northern Minnesota Region with a 2013 Silver Partner Award for Humanitarian and Blood […]

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Anoka Hennepin Credit Union celebrates 50th anniversary

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ABC Newspapers © 04/16/2014 – COON RAPIDS, Minn. – What is today known as the Anoka Hennepin Credit Union had simple beginnings in 1964. Tom Colenso of Coon Rapids was 25 years old at the time and in his second year teaching geography […]

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Have Bankziety? Minnesota Credit Union Network prescribes a cure

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CUNA News Now © 04/16/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Wedding season is around the corner, and if your wallet has the wedding bell blues, it may need a visit to the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s (MnCUN) Bankziety website. The average […]

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Minnesota Credit Union Foundation to host Financial Literacy 5K in July

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Foundation 04/15/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF) will hold its inaugural Financial Literacy 5K race on Saturday, July 12, at Lake Normandale in Bloomington. The race is for both runners and […]

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Affinity Plus FCU makes “Top 100 Most Liked Credit Unions” list

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The Financial Brand © 04/15/2014 – The Power 100 is a list of retail banks and credit unions using major social media channels. Parameters include the most Facebook ‘Likes’ and the highest Facebook engagement rate. The top 100 credit unions on Facebook ranked […]

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Members of Affinity Plus FCU donate cash and rewards points to Charities of Choice

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press release: Affinity Plus FCU © 04/14/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Affinity Plus is excited to share that its members donated a total of $69,203.83 in cash and Participation Rewards points to its five organizational Charities of Choice in 2013. The Charities […]

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Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids reaches major fundraising milestone

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 04/11/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota credit unions continue to demonstrate their strong commitment to the state and local communities through their fundraising and support of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. The Minnesota Credit Unions […]

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Minnesota Credit Union Foundation awards $7,500 in financial education grants

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 04/11/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF) – with a mission to provide resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive – recently awarded $7,500 in grants to […]

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St. Cloud-area credit unions discuss financial education at workshop

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WJON © 04/10/2014 [WATCH NOW] – ST. CLOUD, Minn. –  A group of financial experts gathered at the Great River Regional Library this morning (Thursday) to discuss financial education. Members of the Minnesota Credit Union Network and St. Cloud State University […]

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SouthPoint FCU raises over $15,000 with Chain of Hearts

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press release: SouthPoint Federal Credit Union 04/01/2014 – SLEEPY EYE, Minn. – SouthPoint Federal Credit Union raised more than $7,500 from January 13, 2014 – February 28, 2014 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare through their Chain of Hearts Campaign, a fundraiser […]

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SPIRE FCU seeking news ways to gather members together

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Credit Union Times © 04/09/2014 – FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Encouraging member participation at annual meetings has become increasingly important in recent years with competition growing in the financial services marketplace, but tighter budgets have cooperatives scrambling to find affordable new ways […]

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Central Minnesota CU promotes Town and Country Players ‘How to Talk Minnesotan’ production

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St. Cloud Times © 04/09/2014 – MELROSE, Minn. – The Town and Country Players of the Melrose/Sauk Centre Area is celebrating its 45th year of production with “How to Talk Minnesotan.” “We hear these expressions, ‘whatever,’ ‘you betcha,’ or waving as […]

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St. Paul FCU student-run branch included in Como Park High School Academy of Finance Expansion

TwinCities.com © 04/03/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – High schools in St. Paul and Apple Valley are among the winners of the Obama administration’s latest national grant competition — an effort to boost career and college preparation. St. Paul won $3.7 million […]

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SouthPoint CU sponsors Co-ops Yes! Conference youth leader

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The Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch © 04/03/2014 – SLEEPY EYE, Minn. – Cooperatives, effective communications, and careers were among the topics explored by 125 young leaders from Minnesota and Wisconsin at the 2014 Co-ops Yes! Youth Leadership Conference at the Holiday Inn in […]

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St. Cloud FCU contributes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota

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St. Cloud Times © 04/07/2014 – ST. CLOUD, Minn. – St. Cloud Federal Credit Union recently donated $4,955 on behalf of its members to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota. Shown are Tammy Butler, Sartell office manager for St. Cloud […]

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Affinity Plus Foundation Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipients

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press release: Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union 04/04/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Affinity Plus Foundation is proud to announce the five recipients of the $5,000 academic scholarship is annually awarded to incoming freshmen, upperclassmen, non-traditional, and graduate students who […]

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Financial One CU’s leasing makes member a business owner

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Credit Union Times © 04/07/2014 – COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. – Through its new leasing program, Financial One Credit Union was able to expedite a truck lease application for a member who is now the owner of his own business. According to […]

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Find a credit union to help make the most of your “money moment”

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press release: Minnesota Office of Higher Education 04/07/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – As national student debt rises above the $1 trillion mark, the value of good tips for paying for higher education are also rising sky-high. That is why Commerce […]

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Outsource Social Media Duties? It’s Working for St. Cloud FCU and Mid-Minnesota CU

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Credit Union Magazine © 04/07/2014 – ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Determined to lay a solid foundation for his successor, Duane Otremba added a recent college graduate to his one-man marketing team in January 2013 to handle St. Cloud Federal Credit Union’s new […]

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St. Cloud FCU, Catholic United Financial CU financial literacy event set for April 10 in St. Cloud

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St. Cloud Times © 04/04/2014 – ST. CLOUD, Minn. –  An event Thursday at St. Cloud Public Library will mark Financial Literacy Month. Representatives of the Minnesota Credit Union Network will highlight two programs from area credit unions at 10:30 a.m. […]

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Affinity Plus Foundation Accepts Nominations for Cultivator Grants

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press release: Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union 04/04/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Affinity Plus Foundation is now accepting nominations for its Financial Literacy Cultivator Grant. The $1,000 grant will be awarded to one teacher or school, and one […]

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US Federal Credit Union holds five Twin Cities shredding events

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Sun Focus © 04/04/2014 – BURNSVILLE, Minn. –  Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) and US Federal Credit Union (USFCU), along with the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Shred Right, will offer five community shred events in the […]

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Minnco Credit Union hosts open house event

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East Central Minnesota Post Review © 04/03/2014 – CAMBRIDGE, Minn. – Four Seasons Garden Club will host an open house event, open to the general public, 7 p.m. April 14 at Minnco Credit Union in Cambridge. Ardith Bevridge, of Koehler and Dramm, […]

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Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union grant supports Crossing Arts Alliance

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Brainerd Dispatch © 04/03/2014 – BRAINERD, Minn. – The Crossing Arts Alliance will host a publishing round table with four top Minnesota publishers, agents and editors from 9 a.m. to noon on April 26 in the Q Gallery located in the […]

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Wings Financial CU equips future leaders with financial skills

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Sun Current © 04/03/2014 – EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Wings Financial Credit Union, in partnership with Banzai, is offering a financial literacy program aimed at high school students. The Wings curriculum is available to schools in portions of Dakota, Ramsey and […]

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United Educators Credit Union partners with schools, local author and state organizations to celebrate Financial Literacy Month

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press release: United Educators Credit Union 04/01/2014 – APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – April is Financial Literacy month, and United Educators Credit Union (UECU) is celebrating with activities and events to build awareness of the importance of teaching youth about sound money […]

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Royal Credit Union launches Young & Free Royal program, search for Spokester

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press release: Royal Credit Union 04/01/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union is looking for one talented individual to be the Spokesperson (Spokester) of a unique program targeting 18-to-25 year olds in Wisconsin and Minnesota. It’s an innovative way […]

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Minnesota credit unions celebrate building members’ personal finance skills during Financial Literacy Month

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 04/01/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – To celebrate Financial Literacy Month in April – as proclaimed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton – the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and credit unions around the state will be […]

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MnCUN’s Mark D. Cummins to serve on CUNA Strategic Services board for 2014

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CUNA News Now  © 03/28/2014 – MADISON, Wis. –  The board of CUNA Strategic Services Inc. (CSS) elected its members and executive directors for 2014. Rod Staatz, president/CEO, SECU, Linthicum, Md., was re-elected to a three-year term on the board. He […]

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Central Minnesota CU collecting donations for cancer patient

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St. Cloud Times  © 03/28/2014 – MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – “Team Steve” Benefit, 4-8:30 p.m., Seven Dolors Parish Center, 140 Second St., Albany. Spaghetti feed (free will offering), silent auction, live auction, other fun surprises. Husband, father and friend Steve Schaefer was diagnosed […]

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Banks vs. Credit Unions: Financial Foes?

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Minnesota Business Magazine  © 03/27/2014 – MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Turn on the radio. Pick up a newspaper. Have a glance at the many billboards dotting the metropolitan landscape. You’ll be hard pressed not to find ads and editorials discussing the unique […]

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Credit union difference is more than tax status

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CUNA News Now  © 03/27/2014 – MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Business Magazine recently ran an article describing the “war” raging between credit unions and banks. The piece also highlighted the key differences between the two types of financial institutions. While bank representatives […]

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Central Minnesota CU sets up fund for Sartell police officer’s family

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KSTP  © 03/27/2014 – MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Sartell police officer Joe Shcmitz died Thursday after complications from surgery, according to the Sartell Police Department. Schmitz was having surgery for a bulging disc in his neck during recovery an artery ruptured in […]

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Two Harbors Federal Credit Union joins Minnesota Housing approved lender network

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press release: Two Harbors Federal Credit Union 03/27/2014 – TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Two Harbors Federal Credit Union (THFCU) was recently approved as a Minnesota Housing Fix Up lender and joined a network of more than 94 lenders statewide. As a […]

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Northern Communities CU’s new location a draw for Duluth students and residents

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Duluthian © March-April 2014 “Building Our City – The Shops at Bluestone” p. 44 – President and CEO Larry Champeaux of Northern Communities Credit Union (NCCYou) said the credit union’s second location in Duluth will put it right in front of […]

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The Big Read at Royal Credit Union – event is part of Money Smart Week

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press release: Royal Credit Union 03/25/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union is hosting The Big Read on Saturday, April 5 from 10-11am at the Royal Credit Union Corporate Center, 200 Riverfront Terrace in Eau Claire. The free event […]

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Affinity Plus recognizes 20-year leader with a “CU Builder Award” from the Minnesota CU Foundation

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Foundation 03/25/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Last week, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union honored Debbie Bruns as a Credit Union Builder through the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF). Bruns, who dedicated more than 20 years […]

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PCU Student Credit Union Hosts Second Financial Literacy Series

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PR Web © 03/24/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – PCU’s Student Credit Union at Tartan High School in Oakdale hosted its second “Money Talks” educational series in February. The peer-to-peer program, led by PCU Student Credit Union employees, is designed to teach students […]

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Ogilvie school announces Students of the Quarter, sponsored by Greater Minnesota CU

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Kanabec County Times © 03/24/2014 – OGILVIE, Minn. – Junior high student, Matthew Warren, was selected from the seventh – ninth-grade level category. Matthew, an eighth-grader, is the son of Bryan and Karyn Warren. He is involved in wrestling, track, band and […]

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SouthPoint FCU holds annual meeting

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The Journal © 03/24/2014 – SLEEPY EYE, Minn. – SouthPoint Federal Credit Union continues to grow, according to figures released Tuesday at the organization’s 78th annual meeting at the Eagles Orchid Inn. Membership reached 12,399 in 2013, up 4 1/2 percent from […]

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Cook Area Credit Union opens student-run branch at North Woods School

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 03/21/2014 – COOK, Minn. – Cook Area Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of its new student-run branch at North Woods School on March 11. The branch, dubbed the Money Cave, is open on Tuesdays […]

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Wings Financial Credit Union Makes Award-Winning Financial Literacy Program Free for Local Classrooms

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press release: Wings Financial Credit Union 03/21/2014 – APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – Local students are getting a free education in how to manage their money thanks to Wings Financial Credit Union. In partnership with Banzai, Wings has agreed to a sponsorship […]

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TopLine FCU helps students and families GEAR UP for college

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Market Wired © 03/19/2014 – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – Eighth graders at Fridley and Robbinsdale Middle Schools are in the second year of a seven-year college preparatory program that will follow them through high school and into their first year of college. GEAR […]

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Lawmakers, opinion leaders join in Minnesota’s Credit Union Day at the Capitol

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 03/19/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Speaker of the House Paul Thissen (DFL-Minneapolis) and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) headlined the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s 2014 Credit Union Day at the Capitol event […]

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MN Power ECU’s Hutchinson reelected to CUNA Marketing Council Exec Committee

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press release: CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council 03/18/2014 – MADISON, Wis. – The CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council announced its executive committee and officers during the council’s 21st annual conference, which took place March 12-15 in Orlando, Fla. Michelle Hunter, […]

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St. Cloud FCU to host financial fitness workshop series

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St. Cloud FCU Blog Spot  © 03/18/2014 – ST. CLOUD, Minn. – St. Cloud Federal Credit Union will be conducting a “Financial Fitness Workshop Series” of financial literacy programs on April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 6:00 to 7:00 […]

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SPIRE FCU’s history video honored with category’s Best Diamond Award for branding

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press release: SPIRE FCU 03/17/2014 – FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.: At the recent Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council conference, representatives from SPIRE’s marketing team were honored with three national Diamond Awards.  The CUNA Diamond Awards are given annually […]

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Central Minnesota Credit Union announces 2014 scholarship winners

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Dairyland Peach © 03/14/2014 – MELROSE, Minn.:  Central Minnesota Credit Union (CMCU) chose recipients for its 2014 scholarships.  A total of $16,000 in scholarships was awarded; $12,000 in video scholarships and $4,000 for essay scholarships. Every year, CMCU offers scholarships […]

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Mid-Minnesota Credit Union announces changes at Crosby branch

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Brainerd Dispatch © 03/14/2014 – CROSBY, Minn.: Nate Olson was recently named branch manager and Jill Decent promoted from member service specialist to assistant branch manager, both at the Crosby Branch of Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU). Olson, who also […]

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Royal Credit Union Names Vice President of Business Loans & Services

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press release: Royal Credit Union 03/12/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – RCU has named Royed Wollberg Vice President of Business Loans & Services.  He will be responsible for working directly with businesses of the Chippewa Valley to provide financial assistance for growth […]

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Royal Credit Union presents free credit seminar

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press release: Royal Credit Union 03/11/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – When it comes to your credit, what you don’t know CAN hurt you. You’ve probably heard how important your credit score and credit report are to you, but do you […]

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Royal Credit Union’s Riechers named Trailblazer 40 Below by Credit Union Times

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press release: Royal Credit Union 03/11/2014 – EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union Executive Vice President/Chief Lending Officer, Brandon Riechers, was recently named a Trailblazer 40 Below by Credit Union Times. The national publication is recognizing 12 young credit union executives […]

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Education benefits of student-run credit unions highlighted at conference for Minnesota social studies educators

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Foundation 03/11/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – In recent years, student-run credit unions have begun emerging in high schools throughout Minnesota. Beginning with Owatonna High School in February of 2011, five in-school branches have opened thanks […]

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Northeast Community College Agriculture Students Attend Minnesota Conference sponsored by SPIRE Federal Credit Union

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The Viewpoint © 03/08/2014 Five Northeast Community College agriculture students attended the National Farmers Union (NFU) College Conference on Cooperatives recently. They were among more than 135 students from the United States and Puerto Rico to attend the conference in Minneapolis. The […]

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St. Paul Federal Credit Union opens student-run branch at Harding Senior High School

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 03/07/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The road to financial literacy just got a bit shorter for students at Harding Senior High School with the March 4 opening of St. Paul Federal Credit Union’s student-run […]

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St. Paul Federal Credit Union branch at Harding High School leads to job skills

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Lillie News © 03/03/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn.: It’s not every day that you stroll into a high school and find a credit union. In fact, in Minnesota, it’s pretty rare — Harding High School is only the fourth high school in […]

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Former Minnesota credit union presidents inducted into national Hall of Leaders

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 03/05/2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two longtime Minnesota credit union presidents – Harry Carter and Jeff Schwalen – were inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders in Washington, D.C., last week in […]

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Central Minnesota CU sponsors U of M Extension dairy workshops

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Brainerd Dispatch © 03/04/2014: University of Minnesota Extension will sponsor two area dairy workshops in March. The events will be at Central Minnesota Credit Union in Sauk Centre on March 13, and Morrison County Government Center Meeting Room 1 in Little […]

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Postal CU Student Credit Union Hosts Second Financial Literacy Series

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press release: Postal Credit Union 03/04/2014 – WOODBURY, Minn. – PCU’s Student Credit Union at Tartan High School in Oakdale hosted its second “Money Talks” educational series in February. The peer-to-peer program, led by PCU Student Credit Union employees, is designed to […]

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4 Minnesota credit unions receive national awards for excellence, innovation

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 03/04/2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Four Minnesota credit unions received national awards at a ceremony held on Feb. 26 at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. Awards were received […]

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Northern Communities CU scheduled to open in shops at BlueStone in Duluth in April

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Duluth News Tribune © 03/03/2014 – DULUTH, Minn. – With subzero temperatures, Saturday wasn’t the ideal day to open a frozen yogurt shop in Duluth. But owner Bill Marker wasn’t wasting any time. “We start paying rent March 1,” he said last […]

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Minnesota credit unions deliver business lending, data security messages to Congress

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Network 03/03/2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly 100 credit union representatives from across Minnesota visited Capitol Hill last Wednesday to deliver a unified message to members of the 113th Congress. The credit union advocates spoke to […]

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United Way celebrates campaign, honors United Employees CU

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Albert Lea Tribune © 03/02/2014 – ALBERT LEA, Minn.: The United Way recently recognized businesses with 100 percent employee participation.Companies with 100 percent participation were Adams & Winter, Albert Lea Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, Americana Insurance, Alliance Benefit Group, American Bank, […]

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Thrivent Federal Credit Union Comes Full Circle (login required)

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Credit Union Magazine © 03/01/2014 – MADISON, Wis.: When Thrivent Financial Bank became Thrivent Federal Credit Union in December 2012, it felt more like a homecoming than a radical departure. Granted, it was an unusual homecoming. The bank that became a credit […]

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Credit Union House welcomes 12 to Hall of Leaders

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CUNA News Now © 02/26/2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C.:  In honor of their significant contributions to the movement, 12 credit union leaders have been added to the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders. “The Credit Union House Hall of Leaders provides lasting recognition […]

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Postal Credit Union Returns $524K of its 2013 Earnings to Members

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PR Web © 02/25/2014- WOODBURY, Minn.:  Postal Credit Union (PCU) has returned 16% of its entire 2013 earnings to members through their VIP Program, marking the second year in the row for the generous payout to VIPs. PCU is the only credit […]

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The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is offering $7,500 in grants

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CUNA News Now © 02/21/2014 – MADISON, Wis. ST. PAUL, Minn. (2/21/14)–The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is offering $7,500 in grants to assist Minnesota credit unions implement financial education projects. Applications are being accepted through April 1, with recipients notified in mid-April. The […]

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Target breach’s toll on Minnesota credit unions: $750,000

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Minneapolis Star Tribune © 02/20/2014 – MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.: The cyberattack on Target Corp. will cost Minnesota’s credit unions nearly $750,000 in replaced cards, data showed Wednesday. The state’s credit unions will reissue 27,000 credit cards and 117,000 debit cards exposed in the breach, at […]

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Minnesota credit unions continue growth trend in 2013

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2013 YEAR-IN-REVIEW REPORT: Minnesota credit unions continue growth trend in 2013 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s credit unions experienced continued growth in most leading indicators throughout 2013, a trend that has continued in the years since the financial crisis. Credit […]

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Loan demand ‘encouraging’ for Minn. credit unions

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CUNA News Now © 02/12/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn.: Minnesota credit unions’ loan portfolios expanded faster in 2013 than deposits and assets on their books, according to a Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) study published Tuesday. Loans increased by $720 million, while […]

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Retired CU president honored with Credit Union Builder, Hall of Leaders awards

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St. Paul, Minn. – Harry Carter – TopLine Federal Credit Union President & CEO for 14 years – was recently honored for his tenure, service and excellence with a Credit Union Builder Award from the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. Carter […]

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Minn. Attorney General Lori Swanson shares insights with area credit unions

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St. Paul, Minn. – Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson spoke to Twin Cities credit union leaders, employees and volunteers at the Archer Doig Chapter meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Attorney General Swanson’s presentation addressed a number of current issues affecting […]

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MnCUN Launches Refreshed Banzkiety Campaign

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Positioning credit unions as “the cure” to consumers’ financial frustrations, the Minnesota Credit Union Network recently launched a refreshed look to its consumer awareness campaign, Bankziety. Visit the resources page of the Network website for logos. written materials and infographics […]

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Join The “Don’t Tax My CU” Fight and Take Action

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Right now, Congress is planning a major tax reform and is likely using a “blank paper” approach. This would wipe out all current tax exemptions, and legislators would add back in those they feel are most important. Tell your legislators […]

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Senate education finance chair visits Owatonna High School

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OWATONNA — Legislators, educators and school district administration converged on Owatonna High School on a snowy Tuesday morning as part of an educational tour organized by state Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood. Wiger, the Minnesota State Senate E-12 Education Finance chair, […]

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