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.

“We are grateful for this honor to be named ‘Best Credit Union in the East Metro’ for the second year in a row, and proud to be Stillwater’s first credit union, bringing a more contemporary approach to traditional banking,” said Ideal CU President/CEO Brian Sherrick. “We thank the community for its warm welcome and are excited to share the ‘ideal’ difference with those looking for friendly service and affordable financial solutions.”

Located at the intersection of Highway 36 and Washington at 2020 Washington Avenue, the Stillwater branch offers 24/7 drive-up ATM lanes for deposits and withdrawals, a full-service teller counter inside, self-serve coin counter and three offices for new accounts and member service discussions. Mortgage services and investment services are available in branch on an as-requested basis.

Branch Manager Sarah Jaeger and her team deliver high standards of member service and financial knowledge, and work to build meaningful relationships with the people she and her staff serve. From December 2016 to April 2018, over 12% of Ideal Credit Union’s total new membership growth came from the Stillwater office. In addition, almost 10% in personal checking accounts and over 15% in business checking growth came from Stillwater.  Close to 3,000 Ideal CU members live by the Stillwater location.

Awarded Best Weekly Newspaper in the state of Minnesota 2018, the Stillwater Gazette & Valley Life boasts a readership of over 45,000 residents every week in Stillwater, Stillwater Township, Lake Elmo, Oak Park Heights, Bayport, Marine on the St. Croix, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, West Lakeland Township, St. Croix Beach, May Township, Grant Township and Afton.

About Ideal Credit Union

Founded in 1926, Ideal Credit Union is a member owned financial institution that is dedicated to providing financial services driven by a sincere and personal interest in the needs of our employees, members and community. Ideal CU offers a complete range of services, including a full suite of digital banking products, savings, checking, loans, mortgage products, business services and more. Offices are located in Eagan, Hugo, Inver Grove Heights, North St. Paul, Stillwater and Woodbury. Visit for details and directions. Ideal has been voted “Best Credit Union in the East Metro” five years in a row by readers of the Stillwater Gazette, “Best Credit Union in the Forest Lake Area” by readers of the Forest Lake Times, and was named a 2021 Star Tribune Top Workplace. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS# 401783.


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