Cities Credit Union

Cities Credit Union is a community-based, full-service financial institution serving anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, White Bear Township and Gem Lake, Minnesota. Cities has a full menu of loan products (including first mortgages), teller services and savings products.

Our history
In 1936, a handful of Tri-State Telephone and Telegraph Company employees had the foresight to realize that by combining resources, they could cooperatively achieve each other's financial goals. St. Paul Telco Credit Union was officially born on October 5, 1936.

The founding members were: A. H. Noreen, H. M. Mead, C. O. Hawkins, A. Bacchus, Arthur W. Steinbeck, E. C. Gladman, W. B. Wheelock, and R. H. Hoffman. These men were full-time telephone company employees who dedicated their "spare" time to making the credit union grow. Each charter member subscribed to one share with a par value of $5.

Over the years, our charter was expanded to include the employees of several other businesses in our immediate geographic area.

In 1995, the members of St. Paul Telco Credit Union voted to amend our original charter, changing the name to Cities Credit Union. The board of directors recommended this change so that our name would encompass all the Select Employee Groups (SEGs) in our field of membership.

In 1996, Cities Credit Union opened a branch office in Vadnais Heights with a drive-up facility, giving members who live and work outside the downtown area convenient access to credit union services.

In 2003, Cities Credit Union was awarded a community charter by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The bylaw amendment, accepted February 4, 2003, allowed a field of membership expansion to the cities of Gem Lake, White Bear Lake, White Bear Township and Vadnais Heights. Any person who lives, works, worships or attends school in these communities is eligible for membership at Cities Credit Union.

The credit union closed its downtown St. Paul location and all operations are conducted in the Vadnais Heights office.