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Heroes

Muhammad Ali. Prince. Bretagne, the 9/11 search dog. We’ve lost quite a few heroes lately, which got me to thinking, what does it mean to be a hero? How does one become a hero? Who is your hero?

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The rewards of volunteering

The rewards of volunteering

Volunteer work is one of the most satisfying things you can do in life. I can guarantee that if you look around, there are countless opportunities for you to help others or you community.   It’s also one of my personal favorite activities to engage in!

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Adventures in composting

Adventures in composting

I have always considered myself somewhat of an environmentalist. My inspiration started back in 1970, when I took part in the very first Earth Day and learned the importance of recycling and taking care of the planet. I am proud to report my family does an excellent job recycling items that can be repurposed and given new life. Then there’s the rest of it that ends up in the kitchen-size garbage bag for weekly delivery to the local landfill.

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Best Ways to Save on Summer Vacation

With school letting out and sultry summer days ahead, it's time to start thinking vacation. Because it's a supply-and-demand world, you'll likely be up against higher airfare, hotel costs and car rental rates. But here are some tips to help keep things affordable.

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How much are you spending on fast food?

Have you ever experienced that moment right after work when you feel exhausted, stressed or hungry, and while driving home you decide to stop by a drive-thru? Or it’s early in the morning and you need a pick-me-up so you stop by the local coffee shop to get some caffeine? Although they may seem like impulse or infrequent purchases, it’s amazing to see how fast and how much money you might spend over a year!

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When is the right time for a cash out mortgage refinance?

When is the right time for a cash out mortgage refinance?

What is a cash out refinance?   Bottom line…. It is refinancing your mortgage for more than you currently owe and pocketing the difference. Your home can be a piggy bank, transforming your equity in to cash to use in multiple ways. 

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Mother’s Day – Should we take Mom out to eat, OR make a meal at home?

Mother’s Day!  What does it mean for all Mothers and how do they want to celebrate the day?   

Do some want to spend time with their kids with a meal at home?  Or do they prefer going out to eat? Do some Mother’s want to be surprised with breakfast in bed? 

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Paper Chains

I don’t often use the paper cutter at work anymore. On the rare occasion I do, I think about my Grandma Lucy and the times she worked as a substitute teacher at my grade school. You see, when Gram was filling in, I could lead the class in an art project of my choosing. Most of the time it involved cutting strips of colored paper to make paper chains. I remember the collective groans of my classmates when it was clear our regular studies would be replaced with yet another meaningless art adventure, but I loved it!

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Minnesota Weather – 70 degrees one day, then 39 degrees, just days later!

We truly do experience all types of weather in Minnesota, especially in the Twin Cities area.  We’ve had record highs, close to 70 degrees, then 39 degrees for highs, just days later. 

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Tips for Parents of Boomerang Kids

Your adult child has finished school and is now starting a new life — at home. According to a Pew Research Center survey, over half of parents in the U.S. with adult children say they helped their adult kids financially in the previous year. Some of that help came in the form of letting their kids move back home. If you’ll be welcoming a “boomerang” child, here are some tips to know.

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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