Thursday, December 17, 2015

WINcentive Savings Debuts in January

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Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union has a new savings program to offer in 2016!

Available exclusively to members at participating Minnesota credit unions, WINcentive™ Savings is a new prize-linked savings account that offers prize drawing entries in return for each tine account holders increase their savings balance by $25 (up to 4 entries per month*). State prize drawings occur monthly, quarterly, and yearly - from $100 up to the grand prize of $5,000! In addition to the statewide drawings, MMFCU is also offering $50 monthly drawings exclusively for our members.

With no cost or monthly fees, WINcentive Savings makes saving money easy and fun! WINcentive Savings accounts offer the thrill of winning cash prizes with no risk of losing savings. With real rewards, rules, suspense and possibility, even if you don’t win a drawing, you still win by having more money than you started with.

Despite improvements in the economy, Americans still lack savings. According to a June 2015 survey by, nearly 78 percent of people do not have savings enough to cover six months’ worth of living expenses in the event of a job loss, while more than 29 percent have no savings at all.

Additionally, 36 percent of Americans have not saved a penny towards their retirement. These percentages have increased since 2013, despite improvements in employment and wages.  
Since 2009, credit unions in the U.S. offering prize-linked savings accounts have helped over 50,000 members save $94 million.

In 2015, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a Minnesota Credit Union Network-sponsored bill that allows Minnesota’s credit unions to offer prize-linked savings (PLS) accounts.

The WINcentive Savings account at Mid-Minnesota is designed to help member improve money habits in a whole new way that actually makes saving fun. Members feel rewarded by watching their savings grow and experience the excitement of the prize drawings. And unlike playing the lottery, nothing is lost with WINcentive Savings. All of the money deposited into the account, plus interest, is the member’s.

And now, WINcentive Savings is available for all of MMFCU’s field of membership including: Becker, Cass, Crow Wing, Douglas, Morrison, Norman, Todd and Wadena
Counties as well as Blowers and Paddock townships in Otter Tail County.

The cities of Aitkin, McGregor and Palisade, in addition to various townships in Aitkin County, can also participate. Aitkin County Townships eligible for membership are Aitkin, Farm Island, Fleming, Glen, Hazelton, Jeven, Kimberly, Lakeside, Logan, Malmo, McGregor, Morrison, Nordland, Shamrock, Spencer, Turner, Wealthwood and Workman.
Don't miss your chance. The first drawing will be around February 10, 2016, and monthly thereafter. In addition to the statewide drawings, MMFCU will have additional monthly drawings. Open your WINcentive Savings account today!

For more information about how to participate in WINcentive Savings at MMFCU, contact us.
*See Member Services for complete terms, conditions, and official rules. Federally insured by NCUA.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Mid-Minnesota Participated in a Statewide “Day of Kindness”

On Columbus Day, October 12, 2015, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union was one of 14 credit unions who joined forces through an orchestrated day of events to spread kindness in communities across the state.

Mid-Minnesota took advantage of its closure on this federal holiday to help build a Habitat Home located at 1521 Maple Street Southeast in Brainerd. MMFCU had 25 builders working a four hour shift. There were also staff volunteers providing and serving lunch to everyone on the job site that day.

“We wanted to give back to our communities and Habitat for Humanity is of particular importance to MMFCU. Not that long ago, MMFCU staff participated in the first ever Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity Women Build project!” said President/CEO of MMFCU, Chuck Albrecht.

Credit unions subscribe to the foundational philosophy of “People Helping People,” which is demonstrated by our cooperative structures, support of financial education, and active engagement within our communities. Around the state, nearly 1,000 credit union employees dedicate more than 6,200 total volunteer hours to scatter kindness in our communities. Participating credit unions estimated that they collectively impacted more than 18,000 people through their efforts!

“I was proud to see the credit union outreach that took place, which is really an extension of what credit unions do all year long,” said Albrecht.

The statewide day of kindness was inspired by Plus It Forward Day, an event created by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union in 2013. This is anticipated to be the first of many collaborative community outreach days conducted by Minnesota credit unions, which are local, trusted, not-for-profit financial cooperatives.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Holiday Promotions at Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union

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The holidays are right around the corner. Are you ready for a season of parties, shopping and gift giving? From meals to gifts, it can be overwhelming.

Holiday meals or parties can make your grocery costs soar, not to mention all the prep work! Create your menu ahead of time, and as family members and friends ask “what can they bring,” you will have a suggestion and give yourself some extra time out of the kitchen.

Last minute and impulsive gift purchases can do havoc on your budget. Make a list of all the people you are purchasing for with ideas and the maximum you are going to spend for each. Start your shopping by doing some research; get an idea of what the current prices are on the items you hope to buy, that way when you are shopping you know if you are getting a “deal” or not.  Black Friday can offer very good discounts, just be sure to plan your purchases in advance.

Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union is here to help take some of the financial stress away for the holiday season if needed. There are several ways MMFCU can help.  We offer a Holiday Cash Loan, VISA Credit Card or the ultimate versatile gift for those “hard to buy for” people, the MMFCU VISA Gift Card.

Holiday Cash Loans are available now through December 24 with a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,000 per individual or up to $2,000 jointly with rates as low as 3.99% APR for those with an active MMFCU checking account relationship with auto pay. The Holiday Cash loan will then be paid back over a 10-month period. Holiday Cash dollars can be used for your holiday purchases anywhere you want to shop.

VISA Classic & Reward Credit Cards allow you to take advantage of a 1.99% APR introductory rate on all your holiday purchases. This could be a better option than high interest rate retail store card solicitations you will get while shopping!

VISA Gift Cards
Added Security - Replaceable if lost or stolen.
Available for any amount between $5 and $750.
Accepted Worldwide - Just like cash.

If you currently have a loan at MMFCU check out Mid-Minnesota’s Holiday Skip-A-Payment program which allows you a quick and convenient way of finding some cash in your pocket over the next few months. With this program, qualified MMFCU borrowers may be able to skip up to two payments on a variety of MMFCU loans, including, but not limited to new and used auto, boat, RV and more.

If the holiday “spending” season caught you by surprise this year, make a resolution to yourself to be more prepared for the 2016 season. MMFCU can help you set up a separate savings account with automatic deposits or open a VISA Rewards Cards so that you can start earning points towards merchandise, travel or cash back in 2016. There are additional tips for holiday spending at America, on Beating the holiday Financial Blues.

Bottom line, we wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and peaceful holiday season.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Picking a Home Equity Loan that is Right for You

Home Equity Loan is when a borrower uses the equity of their home as collateral. This type of loan is often used for home renovations or repairs, but you are not limited to just that! Many people use their equity for additional expenses, such as college tuition, a vacation, debt consolidation and more. If you are a homeowner and find yourself short on funds, a Home Equity Loan could be the right fit for your needs.

At Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, we offer a vast variety of Home Equity Loan options. We dare you to compare! Below we have outlined four reasons why one loan may be a potentially better fit for you over another:

Traditional Home Equity

The Traditional Home Equity Loan allows borrowers to lock in a fixed rate. You can borrow against the equity in your home for virtually any reason, such as your dream vacation to Europe or even a new car. Plus, the interest may be tax-deductible!

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

If you need more flexibility, our HELOC plan may be the best fit. Similar to a traditional Home Equity Loan, the HELOC provides you access when you need. And, you only make monthly payments based on your balance after advances. This line of credit is good for everyday purchases both big and small. MMFCU’s HELOC is a variable rate loan.

Not Enough Equity in Your Home?

Ask about our Property Improvement Loan! If you are interested in increasing the value of your home or property, then this loan may be the best option. This is a great way to get the financing you need to build an addition to your home, remodel your kitchen or repair the siding without any built up equity.

Interest ONLY Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

This loan is great if you are interested in the Home Equity Line of Credit, but are looking for smaller payments. This is very similar to a standard HELOC with a different payment plan that may better suit your budget, since you are only required to pay the monthly interest due on the balance. It is important to note that interest only payments will not pay off the amount borrowed; therefore a balloon payment will result.

One of the best benefits to a NEW Home Equity Loan at MMFCU is that there are NO CLOSING COSTS! If you’re interested in more information on applying for a Home Equity Loan with Mid-Minnesota, check out our website for current rates and payment plans. Or, stop by one of our convenient Central Minnesota locations to apply in person or fill out one of our online applications.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Business Service Benefits From Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union

For business small and large, choosing a financial institution to fit your needs can make or break a company - especially if you are just starting out. At Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, we offer top-notch professional business savings, checking, and lending services to our members. Check out some of our services below:

Premium Checking
MMFCU offers two kinds of Business Checking to meet your needs. The regular Business Checking plan is an excellent option for both businesses that are getting started and established. The Business Dividend Checking plan allows businesses to earn competitive dividends on checking account balances with the flexibility of a higher transaction limit, and a dividend checking account also earns you more money, much like a savings account.

As with our personal checking accounts, MMFCU members benefit from additional checking services.
  • Free VISA Debit Card
  • 24-Hour Phone Teller
  • Online Account Access
  • No-Surcharge ATM Service
  • Unlimited Free Transactions at the ATM through the Co-Op Network.
  • Free Direct Deposit
  • Lending
The Business Loans available at MMFCU offer competitive rates and flexible terms. A variety of business loans are offered including Commercial Real Estate, Equipment and Vehicle, Rental/Investment Property, Operating Lines of Credit, Expansion, Construction, and Business Acquisition. A business loan through MMFCU also means you will have a fast and easy application process. Simply download an application and return it to your local branch.

Additional Services
In addition to checking and lending services, MMFCU offers additional business services to help you make the most of your successful business pursuits:
  • An easy application process, flexible terms, and competitive business loan rates
  • Online Banking offers you access to reliable and secure banking services from the comfort of your business or home; check and transfer funds, view loan and payment options, and have 24/7 access to your accounts.
  • 100% New Business Vehicle Financing
  • New Equipment Loans with rates as low as 3.99% APR (Annual Percentage Rate)
  • Online Bill Pay and eStatements. Get access to all your vital business information, and make your business’s eco footprint lighter—go paperless.
Being confident in your business’s future means being confident in the financial institution that supports and helps improve it. Become a member to benefit from MMFCU’s business services today. MFFCU is federally insured by the NCUA. Loans are subject to approval. Certain restrictions apply.

Friday, October 2, 2015

October is National Co-operative Month

October has been national co-operative month since 1930. Co-ops span all industries including credit unions, dairy operations, health care and housing. There are more than 29,000 co-ops across the United States. Mid-Minnesota Credit Union falls under this umbrella. Some co-ops are not just small and in rural areas. Large national co-ops include Sunkist, Ace Hardware and Land O’ Lakes.

Co-ops start to help people meet a need in their area. It’s not about making money. People who use or deliver services are members of the co-op. Their participation is the key to the co-op’s success. Co-ups exist to serve their communities first and bring in quality goods and services to its members. Joining a co-up is a great choice for buying local and keeping jobs in the community. Some co-ops even pay their members if business is going good.

Members always maintain democratic control of their co-op, which means they vote on fellow members to be on the board of directors at an annual meeting. Members have an equal say in the co-op’s operations and future.

Co-ops give their members a voice in the community and help make a difference. Minnesota was one of the first states to enact a law authorizing credit unions and the first state to celebrate an official co-op month in 1948. Minnesota is also home to the most co-ops and co-op memberships in the country.

Mid-Minnesota Credit Union takes pride in serving Becker, Cass, Crow Wing, Douglas, Norman, Morrison, Todd, Wadena and Otter Tail Counties. If you live, work, worship or attend school in any of those geographic locations, you’re eligible for membership. If you have a blood relative in these areas, you’re also eligible for membership.

Should you meet any of these guidelines, a simple $5 deposit will make you a member/owner of Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, which will allow you to apply for any of our hundreds of free and low-cost services.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Explore the Excellent Credit Options at Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union

At Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, we offer two first-rate credit card options with excellent interest rates to suit your lending needs. Explore these options below:

Visa Platinum Rewards Credit Card

Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union offers a six-month introductory rate of 1.99% APR on our Visa Platinum Rewards Credit Card. After the six-month introductory period, you will enjoy a rate as low as 11.49% APR. The Rewards Card offers points on all credit card purchases. Points can be earned for every dollar you spend and can be redeemed for cash, travel, merchandise awards, and more.

Visa Classic Credit Card

Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union offers a six-month introductory rate of 1.99% APR on our Visa Classic Credit Card. After the six-month introductory period, you will enjoy a rate as low as 8.99% APR. The Visa Classic Credit Card is a secure and reliable way to pay for everything you need at a low rate.

The Benefits and Advantages of Our Credit Cards:

  • No Annual Fee. Plain and simple.
  • Enhanced Security: MMFCU credit cards offer EMV chip-enhanced cards and PIN technology to offer premium security services to our members. This added security benefit makes it difficult for unauthorized users to take advantage of your personal card information.
  • Local Servicing and 24-Hour Free Account Information: You can count on the staff at your local Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union branch to assist with your lending needs, and with 24-Hour Free Account Information, you will have access to account balances, payment information, and other information any time you need it.
  • Variable Annual Percentage Rate: Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union VISA offers an APR based on your individual credit history, rewarding members for good behavior. Receive the same rate for purchases and cash advances with no hidden fees.

Apply online for a credit card today.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Student Choice Private Loans Through MMFCU

Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union has an array of different resources for members of all ages. Our young adult members benefit from our Student Choice Private Loans. A Student Choice Private Loan is a solution to the ever-growing problem of paying for college by helping to fill the funding gap that exists after other sources of aid have been exhausted.

We are able to offer zero origination fees and lower rates than most other lenders, as well as the option for fully deferred payments while students are in school. This type of loan is structured as a Line-Of-Credit, which means the student is able to use it over several years without needing to reapply. We offer a flexible repayment plan as well as a chance to reduce your interest rate by 0.25% when enrolling in an automatic payment plan.

Partnering with Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union to finance a college education is also a good choice because it will help students establish a relationship with a financial institution they can trust. Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union has partnered with iGrad to offer the best financial education tools and resources available so students can make an informed decision about college financing options. iGrad offers written tutorials, interactive modules, informational articles and games to make learning about finances fun and easy to understand. The tool also offers calculators to help calculate student loans, repayment, and even how to save with internet TV.

Another valuable feature through iGrad is Job Genius; an irreplaceable assistance for students to find their ideal job with career search tools and resources. Signing up is free, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of all the opportunity iGrad has to offer! With Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union Student Choice Private Loans, students can make their college education dreams a reality- apply online today!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Smart Savings for Smart Kids: How to Back-to-School Shop the Smart Way

Preparing for back-to-school shopping can seem minor in comparison to Christmas shopping, but parents easily spend hundreds of dollars preparing their child for the school year. How can you get your kids prepared for the school year and stay on budget? Read below for smart spending tips for back-to-school shopping.

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Take an Inventory: Before you dash to the store, keep in mind that the best place for back-to-school shopping may be in your own house. Check to see what your child can reuse for the school year.

Tips for Clothes: Work the double duty of back-to-school shopping and organizing your child’s closet. Go through everything, and make piles for tossing anything with holes and stains, donating or handing down what doesn’t fit, and of items to mend. Make a list of what basics and how many of each item your child needs. An alternative to donating clothing is to hold a clothing swap with 6-10 other families with similar aged kids, which can be an easy way to get new clothes and is an excuse to socialize. Despite what your child thinks, they won’t need a brand new wardrobe. Dresses and tanks can be layered with warm-weather clothing, and a closet full of basics will make mixing and matching much easier.

Tips for Supplies: Check your house for excess collections of classroom supplies. It’s likely that they can reuse rulers, calculators, and compasses, and can gather markers, pencils, pens, or paper for their school supplies list.

Tips for Storage: Backpacks, sports bags, and lunch bags suffer heavier wear and tear than clothing and supplies. Determine if they only need a major washing and mending or if a new one is necessary. Amazon and discount department stores have excellent selections at inexpensive prices.

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Set a Budget: Once you separate what you have from what you need, set a steadfast budget. This will make the greatest difference in savings, and will prevent you from overspending. Involve your kids in this step to help them learn to spend smartly. Itemize your list of necessities on a whiteboard, and they can visualize if they want to spend more on the latest designer sneakers or on a printed backpack.

Develop a Strategy: To get the best deals, employ a variety of smart savings tactics. Keep track of sales, use coupons, rewards points, and savings apps. Check flyers and coupons for price matching so you can save on gas money, as well. You can even shop online for many back-to-school deals and utilize comparison shopping and free shipping deals to get the best bang for your bucks.

Buy in Bulk: Shopping at Costco and Sam’s Club for supplies can help save you a bundle down the road. Another benefit? Your child will have a stash of extra pencils and paper to use for the rest of the year.

What’s Necessary Now? A pro-tip to keep in mind: Determine what your child needs the first week of school, and then wait until after the rush of back-to-school spending. Killer deals on school supplies start as early as the middle of September.

While you are shopping with your kids, keep in mind that is a great time to teach some valuable smart spending tips. Help them to stick to the supply list. Let them spot price differences between items. Have them determine what’s a want and what’s a need.

Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union also offers fantastic resources for you to practice smart savings and will be proactive in helping your kids develop excellent savings and spending habits. Our Financial Education resources can help develop your child’s first savings accounts whether they are preparing to buy a bike, car, or college tuition. Smart spending habits can start in the back-to-school shopping aisle.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Auto Sale Dealership Program

Looking to buy a new vehicle this summer? Need a loan? You are in luck! Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union is currently running a special summer promotion (through August 3rd) partnering with auto dealers throughout Central Minnesota to get you the best deal possible. The summer promotion allows you to receive approval for your auto loan right from your favorite Minnesota dealership. You will also receive on-the-spot financing. Not a member of Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union? You can apply for a membership at the dealership, too!

Applications Couldn’t be Easier
There are several simple ways to apply for an auto loan through MMFCU. You can apply on our website (there’s also an app for that), on-the-spot at one of our Dealer Partnerships or over the phone. You can also stop by any of our locations (in Alexandria, Baxter, Brainerd, Crosby, Little Falls, Pequot Lakes, Twin Valley, and Staples) and apply in person, or pick up an application fax in at your convenience.
Tools to Get You Started:
Not sure if you are ready for a new vehicle? Calculate your rates and payments with your vehicle model in mind. Any vehicle three years old or newer will receive our new vehicle loan rate, a special incentive for newer models. You can also calculate your payments to plan a budget before taking the plunge into a new vehicle.

You can set your payments up to be automatically withdrawn each month on a specific day, saving you the headache of thinking about missing a payment or making an extra trip to the bank.

Download the AskAuto app to help you with choosing the best vehicle and loan options, now or in the future. You simply scan a vehicle’s VIN to get the average retail cost. You are also given estimated EPA mileage and comparable vehicle options. The app gives you loan options (be sure to select Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union) that are best fitted to your needs. As if you needed another way, you can also apply for a loan using the app by scanning your driver’s license, and the auto app fills in all the necessary information for you.

Visit to check out the Credit Union Member Program from GM for current incentives and discounts.
Take advantage of our summer dealership program, and get incredibly low rates through August 3rd. Summer is not over, there is still time to cruise around in a new  ride with an amazing loan from MMFCU.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Core Enhancement- Benefiting Our Members

At Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, our members are our top priority. We strive to provide the quality service that many have come to expect from MMFCU in a timely, friendly, and honest manner, and we take great pride in our member's trust. Our MMFCU community is founded upon the ethics of great business and the spirit of providing our members with the best possible  service. We are looking forward to some exciting enhancements to our systems, all to better serve you!   

Because we understand that quite often the necessary tasks of your everyday life are tedious at best, we're striving to streamline our services. Our system upgrades will provide our members with better and faster service, all to get you back on your way. Improving our behind-­the-­scene structure improves your MMFCU experience exponentially, and we've committed ourselves to a timely and secure upgrade experience for all of our members.   

With the assistance of specialized and carefully selected professionals, our primary software system will be reworked and upgraded to provide added efficiency and security for our members. Our upgraded 'person-centric' system allows our staff to more quickly and easily serve you, and we are thrilled to be placing ourselves in an even better position to assist our members. In an effort to ensure our new system enhancements are installed correctly and will  be utilized to their full potential, our offices will be closed Saturday, August 1st through  Monday, August 3rd, with normal business operations resuming Tuesday, August 4th. 

We sincerely value your membership, and we're looking forward to being able to better assist you with our new system. It was with our members in mind that we carefully selected and proceeded with our system enhancements, and we apologize in advance for any disruptions or inconveniences this may cause you during our upgrade. We promise to do our best during this transition to mitigate any interruptions to normal services that our upgrades may cause, and we are more than happy to answer any and all of the important questions that you may have regarding our new software.   

We assure you this will be a safe and timely addition to your MMFCU service! We invite you to take a look at our Core Enhancement question and answer page, and we deeply appreciate your patience as we navigate the installment of our new system!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Best Boating Lakes in Minnesota

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” is a dream for a boater. With so many different options to pick from, it is obvious to see why we are known for our selection of lakes. Whether you are a beginner or consider boating a serious sport, Minnesota has a place for you.

The Brainerd area is comprised of more than 500 lakes, sure to offer plenty of amazing scenery. It’s a well-known 'stay-cation' spot in Minnesota, and offers a wide variety of boating from pontoons to water skiing. You could ride the channel of connected lakes from Gull Lake towards Nisswa for a relaxing day cruising the canals.

Itasca County
The Grand Rapids area has been called a 'mecca' for fisherman looking to catch crappies, northerns, walleye, panfish, bass and perch; just check out the latest fishing reports. John Collins Park offers a public access boat launch to Reeds Lake as well as access to a wonderful lake shore walk and is often home to events such as concerts and movies.

Lake of the Woods
Located in Baudette, Lake of the Woods is the place to be for trophy fishing and house boating. It is not unusual to catch fish with a length over twenty inches, and it's possible to see them as long as 50 inches. The local River Bend Resort offers live bands and fish fry’s during your stay, as well as an annual Girls Gone Fishing Walleye Tournament. All the resorts in the area offer a wide variety of lodging and entertainment choices.

The Alexandria Lakes area is located a couple hours North West of the Twin Cities and boasts over 300 lakes. They are also among the top multi-species fishing producers in the mid-west. This area has been a year-round vacation destination for many because of the wide variety of accommodations available. If you ever choose to leave the lake, you could even visit award winning, Carlos Creek Winery.

Detroit Lakes
Detroit Lakes is a place where you can go river tubing, SCUBA diving, swimming, fishing, or a number of other water sports and activities. Visit Little Detroit Lake, the home of a mile long beach- popular for swimming. While your there, check out The Sailboat Sculpture on the shore of Little Detroit Lakes; its become a symbol of the community and is beautifully illuminated in the evening.

Don’t have a boat or your boat is too old? No problem. Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union wants to help you make your dream a reality. We generally offer the area’s best rates and our dealer partnerships make it easy to get 'On-The-Spot' financing. Spend your summer cruising around some of the best lakes in the state.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Classic Camping Destinations in Minnesota

Camping season is right around the corner, and with it, fun activities for the whole family this summer. Where will you be spending your summer vacation? Here are five incredible and classic Minnesotan camping destinations.

Voyageurs National Park
Considered a great destination for boaters, Voyagers National Park welcomes visitors with canoes, motorboats or houseboats to enjoy the island-filled waters of Rainy, Namakan, and Kabetogama. With over 270 campsites throughout the park along with beautiful destinations like Kettle Falls, Ellsworth Gardens, and more, it’s no surprise that thousands of people from all over the country visit the park year round. Voyageurs’ Sand Lake Resort has one of the top campgrounds and gives you access to fishing boat motors, jet skis, dock space, pontoon boats, and a beautiful swimming beach. With miles and miles of open water, fishing is an absolute must.

Saint Croix State Park
A huge park located in Pine County, Saint Croix State Park gives you endless options with miles of hiking trails, interpretive and interactive historical programs, canoe and kayak rentals, access to fishing equipment and recreational sports, and even some geocaching! There are also great options for mountain biking and winter-friendly activities like snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. With knowledgeable rangers and activities for all-year round, this is an excellent weekend venture or day trip exploration.

Beaver Trails Jellystone Park Camp
Located in Austin, Minnesota, Beaver Trails Jellystone Park Camp has been designated as one of the best campsites for families with small children, and one of the best RV parks for families. Beaver Trails has 225 full hookup sites with a large variety of hookups, water and electricity accessibility, and amenities. Wonderful sports courts, hiking trails, and indoor, heat-fighting activities are available; you can also rent bikes, horseshoes, and more. Of course, what Jellystone visit is complete with a welcome from Yogi Bear himself? The possibilities will be endless for your kids.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area
The Boundary Waters are composed of 1,500 miles of prime canoe routes, nearly 2,200 designated campsites, and more than 1,000 lakes and streams that were carved out by glaciers millions of years ago. The stunning and serene area was set aside in 1926 to preserve the land for generations to come and so that visitors can explore in the spirit of the French pioneers 200 years ago. Most of the campgrounds in the Boundary Waters are accessible only by water, which adds to the prevalent spirit of adventure.

Superior National Forest
Superior National Forest has nearly all your camping necessities. Over 18 rustic campgrounds, 277 backcountry campsites, and 2000 miles of nature trails? Check. Your choice of activities including, but not at all limited to hiking, hunting, fishing, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobile and ATV riding? Check. Access to three national scenic byways? Double check. This national forest that sits on the U.S.-Canadian Border has all the perfect elements for a wilderness camping trip.

Don’t miss out on these or any other incredible and stunning camping destinations in Minnesota this summer!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Keeping Your Identity Where it Belongs- With You

Horror stories are abundant when it comes to identity theft. If you haven’t already fallen victim to the slippery tricks of hackers, it is likely that you know someone who has. If the concept of identity theft is new to you, we are about to disrupt your happy place with a measured dose of reality. Your identity will thank us later.

No one is exempt from the threat of identity theft, and luck is no longer enough to save your identity. Forty-four percent of all identity theft and fraud involves online transactions of some form; anyone with a computer or smartphone now has cause for concern. With a little bit of caution and a few heeded warnings, we will help you banish the potential nightmare of identity theft out of your mind and help you gain confidence in your spending. The FTC touts a catchy reminder when it comes to identity theft protection; SHRED.

-Strengthen passwords. Compose differing passwords for each password protected site, each password comprised of a minimum of eight characters with a mix of letters, numbers, symbols, and capitalizations and lowercase. Be sure to update and change your passwords often.

-Handle sensitive personal information with extreme care. Refrain from giving out any personal information unless absolutely necessary, taking particular caution with transactions involving your social security number. Only provide your SSN for tax, credit, or employment reasons, and inquire as to how that information will be used and whether it will be shared with other parties.

-Read credit reports frequently. Using a verified credit reporting service, keep close tabs on your financials and your credit history to ensure no one has obtained your personal information and opened accounts with your name. Track purchases via your online banking system to catch any unfamiliar transactions quickly, and know your pertinent billing cycles. In the event that one fails to reach you, contact the specific creditor immediately.

-Empty your purse or wallet of any non essential personal information such as social security cards, passports, or notes and receipts containing personal information or passwords.

-Discuss identity theft with your friends and loved ones and pass along these tips to help protect others from fraud.

Along with the FTC’s SHRED campaign, here are a few more tips to protect yourself and those you love:

-Reduce the number of preapproved credit card offers you receive in the mail by calling 885-5OPT- OUT

-Be aware of the type and amount of personal information you or your loved ones share over social media. Heavily trafficked sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn contain large amounts of personal identifiers that can be used by hackers and internet perusers alike to authenticate your stolen identity.

-Utilize a firewall, antivirus or antispyware software on your computer, and secure your wireless network. Be aware of any personal information that is stored on your mobile device. Secure your device with a strong password and enable your phone’s autolock feature to protect your identity in the event that it is lost or stolen.

-Shred all documents containing personal information or identifiers, especially documents listing your social security number, bank and credit card statements, medical records and sensitive information. Many communities offer local shredding events.

Mid-Minnesota and Paper Storm are sponsoring Community Shred Days throughout this spring and summer. Stop by MMFCU’s parking lot to have your sensitive documents shredded for free! Take a look at our link to all upcoming events for a complete list of dates and locations for free and secure shredding!

Identity theft does not have to be your reality. By exercising targeted caution, you can stave off potential identity fraud and all of its nasty side effects. Keep your identity where it safely belongs- with you.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MMFCU Celebrates National Financial Literacy Month and National Credit Union Youth Month!

At Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union, we’ve made it a priority this month to talk to our members about the importance of financial literacy and establishing healthy financial habits. Throughout the year, we give our members resources at our branches, and online, to access educational materials that will help them accomplish this, but during April, we are putting a special emphasis on this. 

If you are coming up with a plan for big events in your life, if you are working on conquering debt, or if you are looking to get the most out of your credit union membership, you can find valuable tools and information on the Financial Education page of our website. If you want to attend special educational workshops about home loans, construction loans, identity theft and more, you can find out when the next one will be at a branch near you on our Upcoming Events page.

We haven’t forgotten about our youngest members! This year’s theme for National Credit Union Youth Month is "Wild About Saving" and we will have stickers and coloring sheets at all branch locations throughout the month of April. By working with our youth, we hope to provide them with valuable financial tools and information to help get our youngest members “Wild About Saving.”

For more information about this special month, go to the National Credit Union Foundation website, stop by a MMFCU branch near you, or visit our website for valuable tools and information.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Transform, Transition, or Treat Yourself to a New, Improved Home

Have you been thinking about making some changes to your home? Remodeling or renovating your home has never been easier with a Home Equity Loan from Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union. We have many great options to choose from, including our Traditional Home Equity Loan, Home Equity Line of Credit and Property Improvement Loan.

The Traditional Home Equity Loan allows borrowers to lock into a fixed rate. You can borrow against the equity in your home for any reason -- not only home improvements -- and enjoy tax-deductible interest!

If you need more flexibility in your borrowing, our Traditional Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) may be a better fit. Similar to a traditional home equity loan, the HELOC gives you access when you need it and you only need to pay monthly payments based on your balance after advances. The HELOC is a variable rate program. 

If you like the Traditional HELOC, but want to make smaller payments, MMFCU also offers an Interest-Only Home Equity Line of Credit. It offers the same great features as the Traditional HELOC, but with smaller payments because borrowers are only required to pay the monthly interest due based on the balance.
Are you wanting to increase the value or equity of your home? Our Property Improvement Loan is a great option. You can build a shed, construct a deck, remodel the kitchen, pave the driveway or fix the roof with a loan that fits your needs.

For more information about everything related to home loans, from the basics, to current rates, to purchasing or refinancing, visit our convenient and educational Home Loan Center. We’ve pooled together resources and information and condensed it all into one, centralized location. It has all the best resources you need to make your home dreams come true!

You can apply for any of our home equity or improvement loans online, at one of our convenient locations, or over the phone. No matter where you are in your financial journey, you can lean on us to help you build the best future for you. Your dreams are within reach!

Equal Housing Lender. Subject to credit approval. Consult your tax advisor about deductibility options. See rates page for current rates. The HELOC is a variable rate product based upon the Prime Rate. The maximum HELOC rate is 18.0% APR. Home equity programs may be subject to nominal closing costs of approximately $150 per $20,000 borrowed. No closing costs apply to new money only

Friday, March 13, 2015

MMFCU Merges With Twin Valley Branch

Spring is synonymous with new life, growth and possibilities. It’s a time that brings out the best in many people. When the landscape begins to change and the sun shines a little brighter. Ironically, the season upon us also parallels a season that our credit union has embarked upon.

After a special membership meeting in Twin Valley, members of the Pine to Prairie Federal Credit Union voted to approve a merge with Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union. We are so excited about this partnership and are happy to announce this merger!
Valerie Riepe, Assistant Branch Manager

Much like MMFCU, Pine to Prairie was created nearly 60 years ago by hard-working people who wanted an alternative banking option where they, truly, had a say. MMFCU is proud to be able to offer additional credit union services to the people of Twin Valley and all the surrounding areas.

The horizon for MMFCU is looking bright. Along with the Twin Valley merger, we also finalized plans to open a full-service location in the heart of Detroit Lakes. This will provide us with an opportunity to share the credit union difference even more. With these two additions, MMFCU has now expanded its Field of Membership to serve all of Becker, Cass, Crow Wing, Douglas, Norman, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties; as well as the following townships in Otter Tail County: Blowers and Paddock and the Cities of Aitkin, McGregor, and Palisade, in addition to various townships in Aitkin County.

Some of our members may have reservations, as a once small town cooperative continues to grow and expand its reach and membership -- however, we can assure you that you can still expect the same friendly, hometown service you have come to expect at each of our branch locations. We are, and continue to be, People Helping People.

In fact, as our membership continues to grow, this growth will result in MMFCU being able to give back even more to our member/owners in the form of lower interest rates, increased savings rates, and free and low cost services. We will remain faithful to returning profits to our members. It’s truly a win-win for everyone involved.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Five Ways an RV or Boat Can Improve Your Summer!

In Minnesota, we have plenty of reasons to enjoy the summer -- over 10,000 sparkling blue reasons, in fact! The problem is, we only have a short time to enjoy our beautiful lakes each year. Make the most out of your short summer months with a boat or RV! At Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union, we make it easier to live your dream with low rates and cash back on select loans! In case you needed any more persuasion, we have our top five reasons why having a boat or RV can improve your summer! 

  1. Making memories - Spending time on the lake, up north or traveling cross country isn’t just time spent -- it’s memories made! Sure, you’ll remember what you did or where you went, but the most precious memories are with the friends and family you spent your time with. It’s quality time with the people you care about, away from the television and video games. 
  2. Good exercise - Chances are, if you’re in a boat or traveling in an RV, you’re going to be outside! Whether you’re water skiing, camping, hiking, fishing or tubing, you are giving yourself the exercise and fresh air your body needs. 
  3. Stress relief - Going on a vacation or being on the lake is a stress reliever in itself, but there are more ways it can leave you feeling relaxed refreshed! You don’t have to worry about the stress of air travel -- no lost luggage, missing flights, or delayed flights! Your vacation is ready when you are. 
  4. Save money - With an RV or boat, you already have your vacation! You don’t need to spend money on a hotel, plane tickets, amusement park tickets, etc. You always have the fun with you, all you need to do is pick a destination and go. You can even save money on food by stocking your kitchen in your RV (food tastes better cooked over a campfire anyways). 
  5. See the country - When your lodging is on wheels and your entertainment is in tow, you can pretty much go anywhere! Even though Minnesota has a lot of beauty and a lot of fun places to set up camp, the open road is always calling your name.

Whether you’re ready to purchase your first boat or RV, or if you’d like to finance your current loan, MMFCU is here to help. We can finance you with a great low rate or refinance you to a more manageable payment. Whatever your needs are, we’re here to help you get ready for summer. Stop by a local branch or call us today, and make sure to get your flip flops and sunglasses packed!