NorthRidge Welcomes New Staff Members

NorthRidge Welcomes New Staff Members

NorthRidge Community Credit Union (NorthRidge) membership continues to expand due to excellent customer service and performance. To meet the growth needs of our expanding membership, we’ve added three full-time member service representatives, and a work study student. The full time member service representatives are Allyson Wolff, Miranda Clark and Christina Huismann, and the work study student is Tia Spielman of Eveleth.

Nicholas Mathiowetz, President & CEO of NorthRidge, is excited for these staffing additions. “Allyson, Miranda and Christina all have strong customer service skills and we believe they will be tremendous assets to our team. Tia is new to the work force and I am certain that we can provide to her a strong understanding of the importance of the member and how working diligently provides the best outcomes for everyone involved,” he says.

Allyson is from Virginia and started at the Virginia office on June 1st. Miranda is from Hoyt Lakes and started at the Hoyt Lakes office on June 8th. Christina is from Gilbert and started at the Biwabik office on June 23rd. Tia started in the Virginia office on June 6th.


From left to right: Tia Spielman, Christina Huismann, Allyson Wolff, Miranda Clark

Retirement Open House in Honor of Doris Kopp

Retirement Open House in Honor of Doris Kopp

Please join us in extending best wishes to Doris Kopp, who is retiring from NorthRidge Community Credit Union (NorthRidge). Doris’s last day as a Sr. Financial Service Officer will be June 30, 2016.

We will be hosting an Open House Thursday, June 30 for her retirement at our Hoyt Lakes Branch at 283 Kennedy Memorial Drive. We invite the public to stop by from 9:00-12:00 for cake and coffee.

Doris has been a dedicated teammate for over 15 years and she has directly contributed to the success of NorthRidge and its members. Doris’ passion for helping our members has been unparalleled and while we all will miss her in the future, we wish her all the best as she spends time with her family and on the golf course.

Have a wonderful retirement Doris!


From Left to Right: Sharon Nelson, Doris Kopp, Bonnie LaFranier, Marissa Albright, Jennifer Blaisdell

Annual Meeting Recap and Winners

Annual Meeting Recap and Winners

We are happy to announce that NorthRidge Community Credit Union (NorthRidge) had a “buzzy” 59th Annual Meeting. Our Annual Meeting is held each year to give a recap of our accomplishments over the year and to share our goals for the coming year. We love to keep our members up to date and involved with our credit union. From May 23-25th we had refreshments and prizes daily, and we loved to see everyone that stopped in and celebrated with us. To conclude our celebrations, we held the annual meeting Wednesday, May 25th at Hoyt Lakes City Council Chambers. Our 2016 Board Nominations were Suzanne Bowman, Dennis Hanson and Mark Larson. During the meeting we recapped 2015 and talked about what we plan to accomplish in 2016. Nicholas Mathiowetz (President and CEO) mentioned new and exciting updates and programs NorthRidge will be adding in 2016. He also talked about a new checking program that will provide a world-class service to our members. NorthRidge looks forward to phenomenal success in 2016.

Below is the list of the Annual Meeting Celebration winners and their prizes!

  • Winner for the Gift card: Harold Wood from Virginia
  • Winner of the $100 Gift card: Ryan Jones from Hoyt Lakes
  • Winner of the $50 Gift Card: Stephanie Guralski from Virginia
  • Winner of the Keurig: Allen Dall from Virginia
  • Gift Card Winner: Harold Wood from Virginia
  • $50 Winner: from Hoyt Lakes
  • $50 Winner: from Biwabik
  • $50 Winner: from Ely

We are excited to see what 2016 brings us and all we can accomplish. Make sure to keep up to date with our website and social media to see the new changes as they “buzz” in – follow the hashtag #watchthebuzz on Facebook! All of us at NorthRidge would like to thank all who participated and joined us for the annual meeting this year, and we cant wait to see you again!

Our “Fill The Pool” Food Drive Was A Success

Our “Fill The Pool” Food Drive Was A Success

NorthRidge Fills Swimming Pools With Food For Those In Need

We fully jumped into our second annual “Fill the Pool” food drive by filling swimming pools at each of our four locations with food for our local food shelves. A credit union member sparked this summer drive last year by asking if NorthRidge was currently accepting food shelf donations. NorthRidge usually holds a food shelf drive in the fall or winter months but decided to hold this summertime drive in the month of June. It has been an overwhelming success for the second year in a row. People have donated bags, boxes and even cases of food. There was more participation than ever imagined and those who have benefited from the food shelf during their lives say they just want to give back.

Nicholas Mathiowetz, President and CEO of NorthRidge, says the event would not have been possible without the hard work and efforts of all those involved. “We would like to thank all of our members, friends and family who came out to donate during the Food Drive Challenge. This second year, all of our offices were involved in the food drive and we were able to help people in each of our communities. It’s great to be able to give something back to those in our area.” he said.

The Fill the Pool Food Drive was started last June by two community-minded credit union employees, Eva and Marissa, at NorthRidge’s Biwabik Office. They, in combination with the rest of the NorthRidge staff, have proven again that NorthRidge truly does live up to the credit union philosophy of people helping people.


Biwabik Office – from left to right: Cathy, Eva and Deana

Biwabik Fill the Pool

Biwabik Office

Hoyt Lakes Fill The Pool

Hoyt Lakes Office – from left to right:
Marissa, Bonnie, Doris, Miranda and Winnie

Ely Fill the Pool

Ely Office – from left to right:
Nat, Tammy and Betty Firth from the Ely Food Shelf

Spread The Warmth Outcome

Spread The Warmth Outcome

NorthRidge Community Credit Union held a Spread the Warmth hats and mittens drive from October 20 through November 20, 2015. The credit union collected 26 hats and 22 sets of mittens and gloves. All donations were given to the Mesabi East Elementary School for those who did not have them, and they were delivered just in time for the school’s annual Mitten Run on November 24th! NorthRidge is thankful for all members and employees that donated and helped to Spread the Warmth!


Spread The Warmth

We need your help to spread the warmth!

Now until November 20th, the NorthRidge Community Credit Union will be gathering winter necessities at our Hoyt Lakes branch. We are looking to collect New items such as hats, mittens, and scarves. We will be donating the items to the children and families at the Mesabi East school district.

Our goal is to help keep kids warm through the chilly months this winter! So help us spread the warmth!

Northridge-Community-Credit-Union Spread The Warmth Hat and Mitten drive

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Ely Marathon

marathonOn September 26th NorthRidge volunteered for the First Annual Ely Marathon!

NorthRidge staff and board members worked the water station at Mile Marker 19. It was a wonderful day for a run and we were excited to be part of this new Ely tradition! Congratulations to everyone who ran.

Visit the Ely Marathon Website for more info on the event:

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Credit Union Build Day for Habitat for Humanity

nslchfh-logoOn September 19th NorthRidge joined four other area credit unions for the Second Annual Credit Union Build Day with Habitat for Humanity. Twenty-six volunteers took part in the building of two homes in Virginia, MN located at 518 17th Street North and 515 16th Street North. Volunteers did exterior work on both homes adding soffit’s and siding. NorthRidge had a strong showing with 13 volunteers assisting in the build.

For more information on the Northern St. Louis County Branch of Habitat for Humanity or how to volunteer on home building projects go to


NorthRidge Teaches Local Youth About Finance

financial-classNorthRidge Community Credit Union (NorthRidge) was invited to teach a class on Finance at Storybook Lodge by Home Educators and Youth (HEY) for Quad Cities students ages 12-17. NorthRidge took advantage of this opportunity and held a class on finance and specifically, checking accounts. The class was led by NorthRidge’s Assistant Operations Officer and Insurance Agent, Liz Kallevig. The course covered the basics of checking accounts including: what is a checking account, how to write a check, fill out a deposit slip, sign up for direct deposit, and how to balance a checking account. Nineteen students attended the session, and were very enthusiastic about taking part in the hands-on learning. They appeared to get a lot of information and interest from the course. 
We want to thank HEY for the opportunity to educate our local youth. In addition, we would like to thank Yvette Lange for the amazing homemade chocolate chip cookies. We look forward to the possibility of working with this group again in the future.

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Attention Students: Scholarships Available!

FIClogoThe Minnesota Family Involvement Council (FIC) offers $10,000 in scholarships to credit union members state-wide. As an NorthRidge Member, you’re eligible to apply! 2016 Applications now being accepted. The application deadline is February 1, 2016. Good luck!