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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 Eduation Trust (WSET) Level 1 Certification in Wines and is a certified server.

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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Tracey Larsen Joins Wealth Advisors Team at Ideal Credit Union

Wealth Advisors team at Ideal Credit Union

(Woodbury, MN – June 14, 2019) Tracey Larsen has joined the Wealth Advisors team located at Ideal Credit Union. Larsen has worked in the investment industry for over 10 years, most recently with TD Ameritrade, where she served as a Senior Financial Consultant.

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6 Ways to Save on Summer Vacation

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Ah summer - the magical season we dream about all winter is just about here! For many, that means VACATION time (yay)!!! It also means it can get a bit spendy depending on where you want to go and what you want to do. Read on for 6 ways to save.

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Ideal Credit Union Launches Community Heroes Mortgage Product

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(Woodbury, MN – June 11, 2019) Ideal Credit Union has launched a new Community Heroes Mortgage Program that offers eligible heroes a special 1% down payment option on a mortgage as a “thank you” for the good they do for our country and community.

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6 Ways to Save Money on Gardening Equipment & Supplies

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Dreaming about a garden of your own but concerned about the costs of equipment and supplies? Here are 6 tips to help you save on gardening costs this spring/summer:

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8 Ways to Spot a Home Improvement Scam

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If you’re hiring a contractor to make improvements on your home, be alert! Home improvement scams are more common than you may think, and they can cost you a lot. Read on for 8 ways to spot a home improvement scam.

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Ideal CU Named ‘Best Credit Union in East Metro’ 3rd Year in a Row

Voted Best 2019

(Woodbury, MN – April 17, 2019) – Ideal Credit Union has been named “Best Credit Union in the East Metro” for the third consecutive year by readers of the Stillwater Gazette newspaper. Ideal became the first credit union to operate in the community in its 165 years of existence when its Stillwater branch opened for business in December of 2016. Ideal has had a strong presence in the east metro for 93 years.

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5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Finances

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Spring is a prime time for whipping your finances into shape. So, let’s get cleaning!

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Spring Cleaning Hacks

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Spring is here! Time to roll up your sleeves and whip your home into shape. Use these cleaning hacks to help banish those dust bunnies without spending a fortune on cleaning solutions and organizers.

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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