Ness awarded for distinguished service

Ness awarded for distinguished service Michael Keller, dean at The University of South Dakota School of Business, recently awarded Larry Ness, CEO of First Dakota Financial Center, the Distinguished Service Award � South Dakotan.

The Distinguished Service Award � South Dakotan is given to individuals who have committed themselves and their businesses to making South Dakota an even better place to live and do business. Recipients of this award demonstrate exemplary character, business and community leadership and serve as role models for those who wish to make a positive difference in South Dakota.

"Ness serves on several state wide committees dedicated to improving business opportunities in the state and improving banking within the state," said Keller. "He serves as a member of the USD Business School Board of Governors and has inspired the creation of a student organization on campus dedicated to learning with hands on experience the risks, rewards, and requirements of managing an investment portfolio for others. This investment in students at a school from which Larry did not graduate, but wants to improve for the benefit of all South Dakotans, is and of itself a commitment worthy of recognition. Both the school and its students cannot thank Mr. Ness enough."

Ness serves on a variety of different boards including the South Dakota Investment Council, Northwestern Corporation, The Shrine to Music Museum at USD, the South Dakota Art Museum, and South Dakota State Historical Board.

First Dakota, with total assets exceeding $440 million and a financial team of over 230 dedicated banking professionals, has grown to 12 offices including Chamberlain, Kimball, Parkston, Salem, Vermillion, Wagner, with two locations each in Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Yankton.

Additionally, three loan production offices are located in Elgin, Hastings, and Ogallala, NE

First Dakota was founded in 1872 and holds the Dakota Territory's first bank charter. Today, First Dakota offers telephone banking, internet banking at firstdakota.com and online cash management for business.

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