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Storm closes leagues CUs in Midwest
MADISON, Wis. (12/10/09)--Some leagues and many credit unions were closed Wednesday as a massive snow storm made its way through the Midwest Tuesday and Wednesday. The Madison, Wis., offices of the Credit Union National Association, and other entities such as the World Council of Credit Unions, were closed Wednesday, although some staff worked online. News Now's Madison-based staff worked from their homes to put out today's issue. CUNA had announced Tuesday night it would be closed during the blizzard. Madison saw a rash of snow blower injuries and stuck snow plows. And 3,000 students at the University of Wisconsin (as well as 900 students at UW in Milwaukee) participated in two massive snowball fights on their campuses. The Wisconsin Credit Union League also was closed Wednesday as were credit unions throughout the state. Gov. Jim Doyle announced a snow emergency throughout the state and asked government workers to stay home while the state cleared up to 18.5 inches of heavy, wet snow. The Iowa Credit Union League office in Des Moines was closed because of the snow and was working with a skeleton crew of 20 people, the league told News Now. Des Moines received more than 11 inches of snow. The Illinois Credit Union League said that it had talked with several credit unions but had not heard of any operational difficulties. In Minnesota, Minnesota Credit Union Network Director of Communications Rachel Kuenzel said she had not heard of any credit union closings in the state. Minnesota did get some snow, but not as much as Wisconsin, she told News Now. Wednesday night, the state's temperatures plunged, as did temperatures in several other northern states. The Michigan Credit Union League was open Wednesday, saying the state had just a couple of inches of snow. However, the league was bracing for more snow Wednesday night. The Indiana Credit Union League in Indianapolis also was open Wednesday. The area had high winds but just a little snow. As the storm moved east, more states were facing heavy snowfall and more closures, which could affect other leagues and credit unions.


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