The walls are already going up on MidOregon Credit Union’s new facility that lies directly across the parking lot from Ray’s Food Place, so a groundbreaking ceremony is a little belated. That’s just how things roll in 2020, and regardless of timing, a host of dignitaries broke out the golden shovels last week and made the dirt fly.

The ceremony celebrates a significant investment on the part of the credit union, building its own facility after moving into rented space next to the sheriff’s substation in 2017. The 3,400-square-foot, full-service facility is expected to open this fall.

“I’m very excited that we’re able to bring this new branch to the community,” said Mike Powell, chair of the credit union’s board of directors. “The Sisters community has been very welcoming to MidOregon.”

The Sisters branch is the seventh for MidOregon Credit Union, which was founded in 1957 by a group of teachers in Prineville. The credit union now employs 130 people.

President and CEO Bill Anderson noted that the branch will feature MidOregon’s first interactive teller machine, and said, “our new digital banking is leading edge.”

Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone was on hand, and noted that the event was a positive moment in an uncertain economic climate.

“This is another one of those great investments in our community,” he said. “A little economic activity when people are a little on edge.”