Marketing Communications Manager


Cindy has worked in the Marketing department at Ideal CU since 1995. 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) and a strong advocate for cold climate wines produced in Minnesota and the upper midwest. She recently earned a WSET Level 1 Award in Wines.

6 Ways To Turn Your Dream Vacation Into A Reality

California Wine Country

Everyone has their own version of a dream vacation. For me, it was a five day trip to California wine country. But, for some people, it never becomes a reality. Read on for six ways to make that dream vacation come true.

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Ideal CU Giving Away $6.6K in Cash Prizes at 2018 Community Celebration

Bucky and friends Community Event

(Woodbury, MN – July 30, 2018) – Ideal Credit Union will give away $6,600 in cash prizes at this year’s Community Celebration, 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 fifth annual summer celebration will be held over the course of two weeks, starting August 7-16, 2018. Attendees will enjoy food, fun, prizes, a special visit from kid’s club mascot Bucky Bear, and a chance to give back to our local communities.

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Ideal CU VP of Mortgage Operations Faith Tholkes Named ‘Super Mortgage Professional’ for 3rd Time

Faith Tholkes preferred photo

(Woodbury, MN – July 18, 2018) Faith Tholkes, Vice President of Mortgage Operations at Ideal Credit Union, has once again been named a “Super Mortgage Professional” for 2018 by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business, marking the third time she has been recognized as a leader in the industry. Tholkes was nominated for the award by clients who view her as a mortgage professional who demonstrates exceptional ability and service.

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Large Purchase

You’re convinced: You really want that designer handbag. Or maybe you just know that gigantic entertainment center will transform your weekends. So you swipe your card and the dream item becomes yours. And you’re thrilled! That is, until buyer’s remorse hits. You can’t help wondering: Was it really worth the price? Before you say “yes” to a large purchase, ask yourself these 7 questions.

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Ideal Credit Union Named 2018 Star Tribune Top 150 Workplace

Top 150 Workplace Ideal CU

(Woodbury, MN – July 5, 2018) Ideal Credit Union has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by Energage, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention. Ideal was ranked 38th on the midsize company list.

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Joshua Anderson Named Business Relationship Specialist for Ideal CU

Joshua Anderson

(Woodbury, MN – June 27, 2018) Joshua (Josh) Anderson has rejoined the Ideal Credit Union team as its new Business Relationship Specialist. Anderson previously served as Branch Manager of the credit union’s Hugo office, where he was responsible for developing growth strategies to ensure the branch’s success. Anderson first started at Ideal in 2011. He left in 2017 for a brief time and recently returned to take on this new role. He has 7 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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Ideal CU ‘Use & Win’ Monthly Debit Card Payout Now Over $18K

Debit Winner Stephanie Smidt

(Woodbury, MN – June 5, 2018) – Ideal Credit Union member Stephanie Smidt and her family had been raising money to bring their baby daughter home from China when she was randomly selected as the winner of September’s $1,000 “Use & Win” Debit Card Giveaway. The Smidts were just nine days away from boarding a plane to pick up the newest addition to their family when they got the news. “Thank you so much Ideal CU for helping us bring our daughter home!!! This money is such a blessing to our family!”

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Summer Outdoor Fun on a Shoestring Budget

Activities don't have to go by the wayside if your family is on a budget! Consider these 10 budget ideas to spend more time outside with your family this summer:

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Ideal CU Named ‘Best Credit Union in East Metro’ 2nd Year in a Row

(Woodbury, MN – May 2, 2018) – Ideal Credit Union has been named “Best Credit Union in the East Metro” for the second year in a row by readers of the Stillwater Gazette newspaper. Ideal became the first credit union to operate in the community in its 164 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 92 years.

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Ideal CU Announces Personnel Changes

(Woodbury, MN – April 30, 2018) Ideal Credit Union has announced the following personnel changes that have taken place over the past few months. Kari Olson has been promoted to Director of Mortgage Lending Operations. Olson joined the Ideal team in 1992 and has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. In her role she will be responsible for monitoring and managing processing, underwriting, servicing and compliance functions of the credit union’s real estate lending area.

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2018 Holiday Hours


New Year's Day
Monday, January 1st
All locations closed.


Martin Luther King Jr Day
Monday, January 15th
All locations closed.


Presidents' Day
Monday, February 19th
All locations closed.


Good Friday
Friday, March 30th
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 28th
All locations closed.


Independence Day
Wednesday, July 4th
All locations closed.


Labor Day
Monday, September 3rd
All locations closed.


Columbus Day
Monday, October 8th
All locations closed.


Veterans Day
Monday, November 12th
All locations closed


Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 22nd
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
Monday, December 24th
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.


Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 25th
All locations closed.


New Year's Eve
Monday, 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
Tuesday, January 1st
All locations closed