How to Choose the Best Real Estate Professionals

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Is finding a real estate agent on your to-do list this summer? Let us help you check that off and save big at closing. Selecting the right real estate professional can make all the difference in your home buying and selling experience. Here are 3 to-dos to ensure you choose the best one:

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Feeding our hungry neighbors

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My grandfather was chairman of a small town in northern Wisconsin back in the 1960s. Among his regular duties was to deliver federally-issued commodities once a month to families in need. I remember seeing boxes of powdered milk, cheese, peanut butter, flour, sugar and other staples neatly packed in the back of grandpa’s truck, ready to be dropped off. In the summer, I liked to tag along to help. I will never forget the look of gratitude on the recipient’s face as we handed them the supplies.

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Home shopping? Easy ways to save for a down payment.

Home shopping? Easy ways to save for a down payment.

Are you planning to buy a new home this year? Most likely, you’ll need a down payment. Here’s how to ensure you’re ready to go when you find that dream home…

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The Perks of Resume Builders

Constantly at school I hear about potential employers and faculty explaining just how important resume builders are during the college years. So during my freshman year I decided to check it out and see what exactly is out there; and explore the benefits for students.

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Preventing Tax Return Fraud

Identity theft continues to be a booming business: In 2014, 17.6 million Americans fell victim, and cybercriminals made off with $15.4 billion. And tax refund theft remains a lucrative piece of that business, despite the IRS' efforts to stamp it out.

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Thinking about being an entrepreneur?

Thinking about being an entrepreneur?

This year at MSU, Mankato I signed up to participate in the Integrated Business Experience (IBE) in the College of Business. It is an exclusive program where a limited number of students are selected by faculty to launch and operate their own business and have it count towards college credits. It’s a unique program Mankato offers and that is recognized nationwide as a fabulous course for students to learn what it is like to own their own business. From which, I’ve learned several tips that may prove beneficial to your business ideas.

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Private party auto purchases

Private party auto purchases

A member was interested in purchasing a used vehicle from a private party and wanted to finance the loan through Ideal. His question was "If I buy a used car from a private party and take out a loan, how does the process work at the point of sale? Is it possible to use a cashier's check instead of a personal check? Not many people trust personal checks from people they don't know."

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Best Ways to Start Saving for the Holidays

“Christmas in July” is the name of a movie in which a man called Jimmy is tricked into believing he's won $25,000 in a national radio contest. (It's from 1940, but the point remains.) He promptly goes out and blows his winnings on a shopping spree. When the truth comes out that Jimmy didn't win, the department store owner tries to repossess all the presents Jimmy bought for his girlfriend, his mother and everyone on the block.

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Advice that can help you land the job of your dreams

Are you currently hunting for your dream job? You and millions of others are not alone! Applying for a new job may be an exciting and nerve-wrecking experience; so there are a few things to learn that might help you earn that dream job.

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4 Financial Tips for Fall

Fall means dreams of pumpkin spice lattes, turkey dinners and a cozy holiday season just around the corner. Here are four ways to make sure you're financially well-equipped for the last stretch of the year.

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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