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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.

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

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(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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Rick Blood Joins Ideal Credit Union as Chief Lending Officer

Rick Blood CLO

(Woodbury, MN – March 15, 2019) Rick Blood has joined Ideal Credit Union as Chief Lending Officer (CLO). Blood has over 26 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Ideal, he worked as Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Firefly Credit Union. In his new position Blood will be responsible for the growth, quality and compliance of Ideal’s loan portfolio. He will be leading all lending activities within the credit union, including consumer and indirect loans, mortgage and real estate loans, business loan financing, and all member lending needs. The CLO will report directly to the President/CEO as a key member of the senior leadership.

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7 Signs You're Living Beyond Your Means and How to Fix Them

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It’s easier than ever to buy stuff you can’t pay for right away while supporting a lifestyle you can’t really afford. Let’s take a look at seven red flags that might mean you’re living beyond your means and the steps you can take to get back on track.

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Ideal CU to Hold Starting Your Own Business Workshop

Josh Anderson Business Relationship Specialist

(Woodbury, MN – March 7, 2019) Ideal Credit Union will host a no-cost workshop on Starting Your Own Business on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the credit union’s Woodbury office, 8499 Tamarack Road. Join Ideal’s Business Relationship Specialist Josh Anderson and guest speaker Tyler Hilsabeck from the Washington County “Open to Business” program to learn the basics of starting your own business. Topics will include deciding whether starting a business is the right next step for you, important considerations when starting your own business, taking your first steps toward entrepreneurship, a checklist for opening a new business, financial management for your small business and more. Open to Business is a free program of the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers.

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Ideal CU Promotes Shari Rilley to VP of Reporting and Risk

Shari Rilley

(Woodbury, MN – February 20, 2019) Ideal Credit Union has announced the promotion of Shari Rilley to Vice President of Reporting and Risk. Rilley initially joined the Ideal team in 1990 and left in 1995 to pursue another opportunity. She returned to the credit union in 2003 and has over 21 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to her promotion she served as Director of Data Intelligence and Risk. In her new position, Rilley will lead the credit union’s efforts in regards to credit union reporting (both branch and financial reporting), support and management of the credit union’s data warehouse, and support and management of various credit union risk management functions.

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Ideal Credit Union’s Popular ‘Ideal Wheels’ Photo Contest Returns for 2019

 

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(Woodbury, MN – February 15, 2019) – Ideal Credit Union’s popular “Ideal Wheels” photo contest is back for another prime car buying season. This contest is open to members who own a vehicle that is presently financed, or has been financed in the past, with Ideal CU. A total of three winners will be chosen at random to receive a $50 gas card during the promotion period, which runs from February 15 to May 15, 2019.

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Winter Driving, Round 2

Winter Driving

Here we go again! After a relatively tame December and January, winter came roaring back with a vengeance in February, making for long commutes, slippery roads, driveways and sidewalks, and cancellations across the state.

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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