A Message from our CEO

Welcome to North Star Credit Union. It has been a privilege to serve the members of North Star Credit Union for the past 11 years as the chief executive officer. I am humbled by the continual support from our membership and our community. Because of your trust in our company, we have seen tremendous growth over the past decade. A few of the accomplishments I am most proud of include our name change from Cook Area Credit Union to North Star Credit Union, tripling our workforce from 6 to 18, and the addition of student-led branches in North Woods and South Ridge Schools. Each day, we work to serve you—our members—while maintaining a commitment to our mission and values. Thank you for being a member of our financial family. I hope you feel a sense of pride knowing when you choose North Star Credit Union you are resolving to strengthen your financial security and your community.  


North Star Credit Union provides high quality financial services and education to meet the needs of our communities.
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To Build Thriving Communities Across Northern Minnesota

Core Values

  • Financial Stability
  • Financial Education
  • High Quality Service
  • Meeting the Needs of Our Members
  • Teamwork Between Management and Staff
  • Promoting the Credit Union Idea to Communities


North Star Credit Union opened in 1939 as Northern Farmer’s Co-op Credit Union, sponsored by the Northern Farmer’s Co-op Society. The Credit Union was based out of the Co-op Store until it burned down in October 1994. After operating out of the BIC building for some time, the Credit Union was able to relocate in January 1996 to Main Street, where it currently stands. Once relocated North Star extended its field of membership to Lake Country Power members. To accommodate our growing membership, we expanded our building in 2012. In 2013, we broadened our field of membership once again; this time allowing students, family, volunteers, and staff of school district 2142 to join. In 2014, we created a student focus Group called “The B.O.S.S” (Bunch of Students Saving) at the North Woods School. With their help, we successfully opened its a student branch in the North Woods Campus called “The Money Cave”.

On June 1, 2015, Cook Area Credit Union changed its name to North Star Credit Union. Our new name is representative of our vision: to build thriving communities across Northern Minnesota. We are proud of our history and growth in the Cook community, and we are confident we can help other communities thrive. We understand our success goes hand in hand with the success of our communities. That is why we continually work to bring our members additional products and services, invest in our communities through sponsorships, scholarships, and events, and encourage financial education for members of all ages.

In October 2017, we welcomed Nashwauk to the North Star community through merger with Nashwauk Federal Credit Union. The merger offers more opportunities for our members and communities to benefit from the cooperative spirit. We are are still your hometown bank, now with more to offer.

Annual Report

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Employment Opportunities

At North Star Credit Union, we hire individuals who are committed to serving our members, colleagues, and community with generosity. If you bring enthusiasm to our team, we can offer great benefits, competitive wages, and a genuine commitment to a healthy work/life balance. We are currently hiring for the positions listed below, but the opportunities do not stop there. We pride ourselves on helping our employees grow and develop in their careers.

North Star Credit Union is not currently hiring, please check back at a later date.