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Affinity Plus members save over $190,000 through HomeAdvantage™ Program

SAINT PAUL, MINN. (February 4, 2016) – In 2015, members of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union who financed their home purchases with a mortgage from the credit union saved over $190,000 by using the HomeAdvantage™ Program. HomeAdvantage™ connects credit union members with local, trusted real estate agents and provides additional services related to helping members purchase a home, including potential savings at closing when they use one of the qualified real estate agents.
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Affinity Plus in Brainerd welcomes community to meet Vincent, an athlete who participates in Special Olympics MN (SOMN), to learn about his achievements through SOMN

BRAINERD, MINN. (February 3, 2016) – On Monday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union in Brainerd is giving members and people in the community the opportunity to meet Vincent Stavish, 13, a local athlete who competes in swimming, bowling, and track and field events through Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN).
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Mobile app enhancements allow for seamless fit into members’ lives

SAINT PAUL, MINN. (February 3, 2016) – Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union launched three enhancements to its mobile app in 2015, including E-Pay, an electronic bill payment service, consumer lending, and person-to-person payments (P2P), adding convenience and improved accessibility for members who access their accounts from a mobile device.
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Affinity Plus one of 14 MN credit unions to offer WINcentive, a prize-linked savings account

SAINT PAUL, MINN. (January 28, 2016) – Members of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union can enter to win cash prizes when they save money using its new prize-linked savings account, WINcentive Savings. Each time members increase the balance in their WINcentive Savings account by $25, they earn one entry into the monthly, quarterly, and annual drawings for cash prizes. Members can earn a maximum of four entries each month for the statewide drawings, and they must be Minnesota residents.
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Affinity Plus experiences 64% reduction in fraud, 48% reduction in disputes in the months following complete conversion to EMV chip technology

ST. PAUL, MINN. (January 15, 2016) – Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union is reporting a reduction in fraud of 64% over the past four months since completing its conversion to EMV chip-enabled debit and credit cards in October. Additionally, Affinity Plus reports a 48% reduction in disputes in the September-December timeframe. The fraud reduction is especially significant considering the typical spike in fraud seen during the Christmas holiday shopping season.

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Affinity Plus receives award recognizing advocacy of young professionals

SAINT PAUL, MINN. (January 22, 2016) – Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union was named the YPro Advocate of the Year at the YPro: Discovered Gala that took place on Thursday, Jan. 21, sponsored by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals (SPACC YPro).
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Credit union saves members over $1 million

St. Cloud Times © January 18, 2016 - Unless you were one of the few recent winners of Wednesday's record-breaking $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot, chances are saving money on most anything is a top priority, especially when it comes to a mortgage payment.
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Investing in Winona’s future: Affinity Plus celebrates key community partnerships

(WINONA, MINN.) January 14, 2016 – On Tuesday, community officials and Affinity Plus members gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the credit union’s newly relocated Winona branch, now housed in the historic Latsch & Son building downtown. Currently, the city of Winona is placing a strong focus on revitalizing the downtown area to further engage businesses and residents through an initiative called Opportunity Winona, and Affinity Plus has been an active participant in supporting these efforts. Senator Jeremy Miller, Representative Gene Pelowski Jr., and Mayor Mark Peterson were among the guests and speakers, expressing their excitement for Affinity Plus’ investment in enhancing and re-energizing downtown Winona.
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You’re Invited: Affinity Plus Open House and Ribbon-Cutting

(WINONA, MINN) January 7, 2016 - The Affinity Plus branch in Winona and its employees extend a warm welcome to all community members as they celebrate the Open House of their recently relocated branch during the week of Jan. 11, Monday through Friday. The ribbon cutting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m., with Mayor Peterson and the Winona chamber of commerce. As of mid-December, the branch’s new space is in the historic Latsch & Son building, and will be hosting visitors all week to give members and the community an opportunity to visit the new branch. Now featuring a drive-thru, 24-hour drive-up ATM, and more space and offices, the new facility allows for access to more services, an improved member experience, and more privacy. Affinity Plus recognizes the importance of investing in downtown Winona and is excited to be able to respond to the dynamic needs of the community.
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Financial education on campus: MSU-Moorhead students learn from Affinity Plus employees

(MOORHEAD, MINN) December 31, 2015 – During the fall semester, Affinity Plus employees from the Minnesota State University-Moorhead (MSUM) campus branch presented to eight First Year Experience classes, helping more than 150 college freshmen gain a better understanding of personal finance. Topics that were covered included budgeting advice, understanding credit, and the importance of being a smart consumer. Employees were invited to speak to these classes based on their relationships with various professors and the branch’s involvement on campus.
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Estate Planning & Long Term Care

January 28, 2016

"What happens to my assets if I go into a nursing home?"

The seminar will still cover the basics of estate planning (wills, trusts, health care directives, powers of attorney, beneficiary designations), but will do so in the context of planning for the very real possibility that many of us will need assisted living or nursing home care services in our senior years. The rapidly rising cost of these services makes planning essential. Join us for an upcoming seminar at the following locations from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Date Location
Jan. 28, 2016 Hampton Inn & Suites, 2870 59th St. NW, Rochester, MN
Feb. 9, 2016 Timberlake Lodge, 144 SE 17th St., Grand Rapids, MN 55744 
Feb. 11, 2016 Hampton Inn Canal Park, 310 Canal Park Dr. Duluth, MN 55802
Mar. 8, 2016 Courtyard Marriott, 1080 28th Avenue S., Moorhead, MN 56560
Mar. 10, 2016 St. Cloud - Heritage Branch
April 7, 2016 Bemidji - Hannah Avenue
April 21, 2016 Roseville Branch


Contact Estate Planning Member Advisor, Ray McCoy at (651) 312-9878 or rmccoy@affinityplus.org to reserve your spot today!


First-time Homebuyer Seminars

February 09, 2016
What do you need to know about buying your first home?

If you want an inside perspective on the home search and mortgage application process, attend one of our first-time homebuyer seminars. You’ll hear from our expert mortgage loan officers and a local, trusted real estate agent who can walk you through the dos and don’ts of buying a home. You’ll also have the opportunity to get your questions answered so you can leave feeling confident about finding and financing your first home.

Attend one of the upcoming seminars at the following locations from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 9           Location: Roseville branch

Date: Tuesday, March 8        Location: St. Paul - Lafayette branch




Make a donation at a blood drive in your community

April 18, 2016

"Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood."

-American Red Cross

Become blood hero today by signing up to donate at one of the upcoming blood drives happening at the Affinity Plus branch in your community. Contact Sandy Olson at solson@affinityplus.org or (651) 312-9430 to schedule your donation.

St. Cloud

Monday, April 18

St. Paul - Capitol

Tuesday, April 19



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February 15, 2016

All branches will be closed Monday, February 15 in observance of President's Day

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Turbo Tax 2015 Tax Year

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Take action now to protect your credit union! Join the tax status fight.

You may have heard that Congress is considering a major reform of the U.S. tax code, meaning all current tax exemptions, including the tax-exempt status of your credit union, could be nullified.  Read More...