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Marketing Communications Manager


Cindy has worked in the Marketing department at Ideal CU since 1995 and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Ideal CU Community Foundation. She worked as a broadcast and print journalist prior to pursuing a career in public relations and marketing. Cindy has a passion for wine, painting, political advocacy and the Denver Broncos. She enjoys blogging about wine and visiting local wineries, power walking and watching Netflix. Cindy is a member of the Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA), the Southern MN Wine Grower Alliance (SMWGA) and is a strong advocate for cold climate wines produced in Minnesota and the upper midwest. She holds a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 Certification in Wines and is a certified server.

DIY Halloween Decor

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Halloween is my absolute FAVORITE holiday of the year! As my family will attest, I go all out decorating for the "spooktacular" day at the end of October. But, as my family will also confirm, I am CHEAP when it comes to spending money. So imagine my delight in finding this great list of creative and cheap DIY Halloween decor ideas to turn your home into the spookiest haunt on the block.

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Ideal CU to Hold QuickBooks 101 Business Workshop

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(Woodbury, MN – September 11, 2019) Ideal Credit Union will host a no-cost QuickBooks 101 Business Workshop on Friday, September 27, 2019, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the credit union’s Woodbury office, 8499 Tamarack Road. Join Ideal’s Business Relationship Specialist Josh Anderson and guest instructor Randy Morris from Fiscal Foundations, LLC, to learn about the benefits of QuickBooks and how to get started.

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Ideal Combines Wellness Challenge with Prep for Successful MN Brain Tumor 5K

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(Woodbury, MN – September 4, 2019) – Knowing a healthy workplace is a happy workplace, Ideal Credit Union’s first-ever Wellbeing Champions Committee launched a five-week step challenge, designed to focus on the importance of daily exercise, while also encouraging many of the participants to walk with a greater purpose at the 10th Annual MN Brain Tumor 5K, which was held on May 19, 2019.

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How Much Money Should I Keep In My Checking Account?

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Most of us use our checking accounts on a daily basis. Every swipe of a debit card, every bill we pay and every personal check we write takes money out of our checking account. But, how much money should we be keeping in these super-convenient accounts? Let’s find out:
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Ideal CU Pays Out $4,200 to Youth Attending Summer Money Talks Program

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(Woodbury, MN – August 13, 2019) Ideal Credit Union recently hosted two sessions of its award-winning “Money Talks” financial literacy program in July, attracting 42 students from around the metro area. The unique peer-to-peer program, led and taught by high school-age Ideal CU Student Credit Union employees, teaches students the building blocks of personal finance: budgeting, savings and investments, credit, and money management tools. Students in attendance ranged in age from 16 to 22 years and came from a number of communities, including Rochester, Minneapolis, Blaine, Rosemount, Bayport, Mahtomedi, Inver Grove Heights, Oakdale, Maplewood, White Bear Lake, Stillwater, Hudson and more.

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Beware of Emergency Scams

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If you get a call from a grandchild claiming he or she is facing some kind of emergency, and then find yourself talking to someone claiming to be law enforcement telling you to wire money or use a prepaid debit card to send funds, don't do it! It might very well be a scam! Family emergency scams are especially nefarious since they take advantage of the natural affection a grandparent has for a grandchild. Here's how to identify an emergency scam and what to do if you've been victimized.

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Members Win Big at Ideal’s Community Appreciation Events

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(Woodbury, MN – July 26, 2019) – Ideal Credit Union will give away $6,600 in cash prizes at this year’s Community Appreciation Events, including a $1,000 daily grand prize for adults age 18 and over, and $100 a day for youth age 17 and under. Ideal’s sixth annual summer celebration will be held over the course of two weeks. Attendees will enjoy food, fun, prizes and a chance to give back to our local communities.

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7 Steps to a Mid-Year Financial Checkup

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It’s hard to believe, but 2019 is half over. Take a timeout from barbecues and beaches to give yourself a mid-year financial checkup. Use the seven steps below to guide you.

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10 Things To Do Before Your Summer Getaway

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Heading out of town for vacation? Whatever your plans, here’s a list of things to take care of before you leave.

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Ideal CU Board of Directors Elects New Officers Following Successful Annual Meeting

Board, President, Supervisory Committee members from Annual Meeting 2019

(Woodbury, MN – June 25, 2019) – The Ideal Credit Union Board of Directors has elected a new slate of officers following the successful Annual Meeting in April. Peter S. Olsen was named Chairman of the Board, succeeding Keith E. Hauge, who has served in that capacity since 2014. Robert E. Vance Jr., was elected Vice Chair, and Lisa M. Liddell will serve as Secretary. Olsen and Vance, both incumbents, were recently reelected to 3-year terms on the Ideal CU Board. Also elected to her first 3-year board term was Mary G. Westberg, who has served on the Supervisory Committee since 2017 and became committee chair in 2018.

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2018 - 19 Holiday Hours

Martin Luther King Jr Day

Monday, January 21st
All locations closed.


Presidents' Day
Monday, February 18th
All locations closed.


Good Friday
Friday, April 19th
All locations open regular business hours
Lobby - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drive-thru - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Memorial Day
Monday, May 27th
All locations closed.


Independence Day
Thursday, July 4th
All locations closed.


Labor Day
Monday, September 2nd
All locations closed.


Columbus Day
Monday, October 14th
All locations closed.


Veterans Day
Monday, November 11th
All locations closed


Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 28th
All locations closed.


Day after Thanksgiving
All locations are open regular business hours
Lobby - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drive-thru - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24th
All locations open until 1:00 p.m.
Lobby - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Drive-thru - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 25th
All locations closed.


New Year's Eve
Tuesday, December 31
All locations open regular business hours
Lobby - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drive-thru - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


New Years Day (2020)
Wednesday, January 1st
All locations closed