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Prairie Federal Credit Union to Rebrand as
Aspire Credit Union

 85-Year-Old North Dakota Credit Union Will Officially Make the Change on February 4, 2020.

MINOT, North Dakota (November 5, 2019) – Prairie Federal Credit Union, an established credit union with a rich 85-year history of serving Minot and the surrounding area will open their doors as Aspire Credit Union on February 4, 2020.

Since 1934, Prairie Federal Credit Union has been committed to exceeding members’ expectations and maintaining financial strength. Aspire Credit Union will continue to uphold those same standards with a refreshed mission, name and look. “As our members and community have transformed, we want a name that really reflects us”, says Mindee Kohlman, President/CEO of Prairie Federal Credit Union. “Aspire is a name that encompasses what we love most about being a credit union. We help our members reach their financial goals and aspire to more.”

Prairie Federal Credit Union was founded in 1934 as the Great Northern Employees Minot Credit Union. The name was changed to Tran-Em Federal Credit Union in 1970 and to Prairie Federal Credit Union in 1986. Prairie Federal Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union whose field of membership includes: anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school; and businesses, other legal entities, and organizations of such person; located in Bottineau, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Renville, or Ward counties of North Dakota. Membership also includes immediate families or households of our existing members.

What’s Ahead?

Over the course of the next several months, we will be transitioning to our new brand. You can expect to see new Aspire signage, logos, advertising, and a website revamp. In addition to updated marketing materials, we will continue the rebrand throughout the credit union with new colors, employee attire and name tags.

FAQs

Here are some of our Frequently Asked Questions, where we provide more detail around this change and how it impacts you. Don’t see your question? Feel free to give us a call at 701-837- 5353, use the handy form below, or stop in and see us. We’ll get your questions answered!

Why did we change our name to Aspire Credit Union? We’ve changed our name; not our commitment to you, our members, or all of the communities we serve. The Prairie name has served us well, but as we look at who we are today and how our membership has transformed over the years, we want a name that really reflects us without any confusion on who we are. The name Aspire better expresses our goals and our commitment to the communities we serve.

What can we expect to change? Expect quite a few cosmetic changes in the upcoming months. Everything from exterior signage, brochures, stationary, the website, and more will be updated.

How does this affect my account? There will be no impact to your day-to-day banking, account numbers, or login information.

Will the credit union’s contact information change (eg. Phone numbers, website, and email addresses)? All phone numbers will remain the same. We will announce the new website address and email addresses in the coming months. Our location will remain the same.

Is the name change a result of a merger or acquisition? No. The name change is not the result of a merger or acquisition of any kind. The name change is part of a strategic plan to grow and continue building a healthy and sustainable organization serving you and future generations.

Will the ownership of the credit union remain the same? Yes. The credit union will remain 100% owned by its members.

Will my direct deposit be affected? No. This change is cosmetic only and will not affect your personal records or day-to-day operations.

Will my credit/debit card be replaced? Not right away. Over time, all credit/debit cards will get replaced, but only as they expire, and new cards are issued.

Who can I call if I have a specific question? Further questions can be answered by calling us directly at 701-837-5353 or stopping in to the credit union. 

Our Mission:

Serve and support our members and our community.

Our Vision: 

Provide excellent service to our evolving members and earn lifetime loyalty. 

Our Values:

Go above and beyond.
From interactions with members, attention to detail, member service, leading in our community, we at Prairie Federal are always looking for ways to do more, be better, and go further. 

Stay accountable. 
We honor our commitments, to members and to each other. We take ownership of our work and promptly correct mistakes to the greatest extent possible. 

Help others. 
We go out of our way to help others. Our members, our coworkers, and our communities.

Have fun. 
Work can be fun, fulfilling, and exciting. Fun translates to a friendly work environment where people like to be. when we enjoy our jobs, our members enjoy us.

Put people first.
We believe in people: our members, our coworkers, our neighbors, and friends. We work hard to meet our members’ needs and help them succeed. We spend time and resources in our communities working to better them for the future. We develop the talents, reward the exceptional performance, and respect the rights of our employees. 

Prairie Federal Credit Union History

On January 4, 1937, Prairie Federal Credit Union was issued its original charter by NCUA as the Great Northern Employees Minot Credit Union. The name was changed to Tran Em Federal Credit Union on August 27, 1970.

On December 29, 1986, the credit union became known as Prairie Federal Credit Union. In the fall of 1989, the credit union moved from Main Street to its current location at 1430 South Broadway.

Field of Membership

Prairie Federal Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union whose field of membership includes: anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school; and businesses, other legal entities, and organizations of such persons; located in Bottineau, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Renville or Ward counties of North Dakota. Our membership also includes immediate families or households of our existing members.

Federally Insured by NCUA

Your saving is federally insured by NCUA to at least $250,000 and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government

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