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From Puppies to Tech Support: 10 Scams Targeting Your Older Members

June is Elder Abuse Awareness month, an excellent time for credit union staff to brush up on the latest scams targeting older members. Up to five million older Americans are abused every year, and the annual loss by victims of financial abuse is estimated to be at least $36.5 billion.
People over 60 are often the targets of criminals because they are more financially secure, they may experience memory issues, and they tend to be more trusting.

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Six Credit Cards You Should Avoid

There are a TON of options out there when it comes to credit cards. Every consumer’s needs are unique to their purchasing habits, and there is no “one size fits all '' credit card. Listed below are a few red flags to look for before applying for a new credit card.

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Dickhaut Inducted into Credit Union Hall of Fame

Darrell Dickhaut of Redfield, SD was inducted into the Dakota Credit Union Hall of Fame at the 2022 Summit in Rapid City. In December of 2015, Darrell retired from Dakotaland Federal Credit Union as the Branch Manager of the Turtle Creek/Redfield Branch after 25+ years of dedicated service to the credit union movement. Past Dakotaland President, Dan Cumbee, along with DakCU President, Jeff Olson, honored the newest inductee. Darrell was joined by his wife, Barb, and several family members in celebrating this lifelong achievement. 

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Moller Named Professional of the Year

Chief Growth Officer, Chad Moller, was bestowed Professional of the Year honors at the 2022 Dakota Credit Union Summit. This award recognizes a dedicated credit union professional who consistently performs in an extraordinary manner. The nominee must demonstrate a unique commitment to their credit union and to their members, show engagement in their community and volunteerism, while continually and consistently promoting the credit union difference. DakCU President, Jeff Olson, made the presentation to this very deserving member of the Dakotaland Management Team.

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Weinreis Accepts VP of Member Services Position

Chief Operating Officer at Dakotaland Federal Credit Union, Amy Busch, recently expanded operations in the Member Services Department at the main office in Huron. The VP of Member Services position was filled by internal candidate, Drew Weinreis in May. “Drew’s passion for serving our members drives him to be an ideal leader. His guidance and training will ensure our member service’s staff will continue to provide the best experience possible for our members,” commented Busch.  

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Hinker Retires After 18+ Years of Dedicated Service

Congratulations to Coila Hinker on her recent retirement announcement.  With over 18 years of dedicated service to the credit union members and community of Woonsocket, Coila has earned the reputation as a caring and respected loan officer, making her a true asset to the organization.

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10 Area Students Receive $10,000 in Scholarships

Dakotaland Federal Credit Union awarded 10 area students with $10,000 in College Scholarships for the 2022-23 school year. Twelve committee members from across Dakotaland’s ten branch communities judged nearly 45 scholarship applications. "It was evident from the applications we reviewed, how dedicated these students are to their future success. So many are volunteering in their communities, involved in a number of extra-curricular activities, working part-time jobs, and still able to reach exceptional academic achievements. I was thoroughly impressed with these young men and women and loved getting to know them through the application process,” stated Angie Hanson, Scholarship Committee Member and Member Services Representative of the Watertown Branch Office. 

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6 Mistakes to Avoid After Mortgage Pre-Approval

Your credit score could change which may impact your interest rate. Additionally, new debt may lower the amount for which you qualify. 

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