Earlier this year, Mahnomen’s White Earth Reservation Federal Credit Union merged with Affinity Plus, and the culmination of this merger came yesterday with the grand opening of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union’s new Mahnomen site.
“There are so many good things coming,” said Affinity Plus Mahnomen Branch Manager Amanda Jaeger. “Now they have grown from 2 staff members to nearly 600 staff members and 30 branches across the state of Minnesota.”
The grand opening began with a drumming ceremony to officially open the new Mahnomen Federal Credit Union.
“It’s part of our traditions here on the reservation,” former White Earth Reservation Federal Credit Union board chair Christie Haverkamp explained, “We’re doing this to honor the new things that are happening here. and the great things that will happen for our people.”
In addition to the opening, Affinity Plus provided a $2,700 grant to Mahnomen Public Schools for a financial literacy course.
“They want to open their own school store within the school and be able to have this store run and run by this class of students. So that’s where our donation went,” Jaeger said.
At the opening there was also a raffle for a new television as well as a host of door prizes for guests.