Pennie Peterson Recognized as Super Real Estate Agent Second Consecutive Year

Pennie's Newest PhotoHUDSON, WI— Following a four-month selection process, WESTconsin Realty is pleased to report Pennie Peterson has been chosen as a 2014 Super Real Estate Agent by the Super Real Estate Agents™ program.

More than 120,000 members of the Twin Cities community, including previous year’s honorees, homebuyers, mortgage and title companies, and Twin Cities Business and Mpls. St. Paul Magazine subscribers were invited to submit nominations. Those nominated for the honorable recognition represent less than 4 percent of all licensed real estate agents from the greater Twin Cities marketplace. Unlike many other distinctions, the Super Real Estate Agents™ program is not based on sales volume, but rather on exceptional client service. For more information, the full article is published in the November and December Mpls. St. Paul Magazine or online at

Pennie Peterson has lived in the St. Croix Valley area for fourteen years while working in real estate. This is her second time receiving the Super Real Estate Agent honor, the first in 2013. She can be reached at (715) 410-4006 or

WESTconsin Realty, an affiliate of WESTconsin Credit Union, offers a 4.8 percent seller’s commission rate on qualifying properties, cash back at closing to buyers, and no administrative fees. Full-time, full-service real estate agents are located in each WESTconsin office area throughout western Wisconsin.

WESTconsin Realty Welcomes Curt Polzin

curtEau Claire, WI— Curt Polzin has recently joined WESTconsin Realty, LLC and is working from WESTconsin Credit Union’s Eau Claire office. Curt has transitioned to WESTconsin Realty from a career in healthcare administration where he previously served as the Administrator of Nursing Homes and Retirement Communities throughout Wisconsin. He will now be serving the Chippewa Valley as a real estate agent for buyers and sellers. With his previous work experience in long-term care he will also be specializing in helping seniors and retirees who are downsizing or transitioning into retirement communities.

He and his wife Dr. Sara Podoll, of Haley Dental in Chippewa Falls, are excited to make the Chippewa Valley their home. He is a previous resident of Eau Claire and attended college at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire. While attending school in Eau Claire he was a proud member of the Blugold Varsity Wrestling team, supervisor of the intramural soccer program, and Treasurer of the American College of Healthcare Administrators. In addition to being a licensed REALTOR® he is also a certified soccer referee and is excited to become involved with the Chippewa Valley Youth Soccer Association.

He can be reached by contacting WESTconsin Credit Union—Eau Claire office at (715) 830-7240, his cell (715) 764-0904, or

WESTconsin Realty, an affiliate of WESTconsin Credit Union, offers a 4.8 percent seller’s commission rate on qualifying properties, cash back at closing to buyers, and no administrative fees. Full-time, full-service real estate agents are located in each WESTconsin office area throughout western Wisconsin.

Merger Announcement – Valley Credit Union

Welcome Valley Credit Union Members

“On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, we’re excited and honored with the opportunity to serve the members of Valley Credit Union! Our priority is making sure you transition through this process as seamlessly and smoothly as possible. Throughout the merger and official WESTconisn Credit Union Chippewa Falls office opening, your local office will remain open, and the employees you have gotten to know will continue serving you. We look forward to providing all members with local, personalized service and helping them achieve financial success.”



Lora J. Benrud
Chief Executive Officer
WESTconsin Credit Union

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December Food Drive Underway!


Community Food Drives Hosted by WESTconsin Credit Union

WESTERN WIWESTconsin Credit Union offices are collecting non-perishable food products and cash donations for those less fortunate from December 8-17. Items can be dropped off at any WESTconsin location including Amery, Baldwin, Barron, Eau Claire, Ellsworth, Hudson, Menomonie (North, Downtown and East), New Richmond, Prescott, River Falls and Spring Valley. All proceeds will be delivered by the credit union to local food pantries for distribution.

Monetary donations are especially valuable because for every $1 in cash, food pantries can purchase up to 7 pounds worth of food. The number of families in need has increased substantially in recent years, leaving food shelves less stocked than in the past. According to the 2000 US Census, 39,714 people in the 14 counties of west central Wisconsin live in poverty with 60% of them being children or elderly.

WESTconsin Credit Union has been serving members since 1939, and membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the Wisconsin counties of Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau, and Washburn, or the Minnesota counties of Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Isanti, Ramsey, Wabasha, and Washington, with a $5 minimum deposit in a Membership Savings Account. Credit unions are financial institutions owned by their accountholders, and member funds are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) up to at least $250,000.

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This holiday season, WESTconsin Credit Union offices will again be decorating trees in their lobbies with donated mittens, gloves, hats and scarfs as part of The Mitten Tree campaign. The goal of The Mitten Tree is to provide cold weather-wear accessories to those in need as we head into the winter season’s sub-zero temperatures. Last year, the credit union collected over 2,700 items for this cause.

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Five Ways to Trim Your Thanksgiving Budget

by Erika Torres on November 12, 2014

Halloween has passed, Thanksgiving is among us, and stores are already shoving Christmas down our throats. It’s this time of the year that makes even the most financially savvy among us fear for our budgets.

But don’t worry, GoGirl has you covered on how to throw a fabulous Thanksgiving feast on a budget. Here are five of our best tips.

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