First Dakota celebrates Community Banking Month

First Dakota celebrates Community Banking Month
April is Community Banking Month, and members of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and state community banker associations across the country are celebrating the unique spirit that makes independent community banks the foundation of their communities.

"First Dakota's community banks are passionately committed to serving our customers and our communities," said Farron Pratt, vice president and manager of First Dakota National Bank, Vermillion. "We spend countless amounts of time and resources throughout the year striving to make our communities better places to live while offering quality financial products and services to our customers. Community Banking Month is our time to celebrate that dedication."

"Community banks are an integral part of the economic and civic fabric of thousands of towns and cities across America," said Gerlach. "They work hard to improve the quality of life in their communities because they are part of their community. That's what makes community banks special."

With total assets exceeding $650 million and a financial team of over 230 dedicated banking professionals, First Dakota has grown to twelve offices, including Parkston, Kimball, Chamberlain, Salem, Vermillion, and Wagner – with two locations each in Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Yankton. Additionally, they have loan production offices in Mitchell, Platte, and Corsica – and Elgin, Hastings, and Ogallala, NE.

First Dakota was founded in 1872 and holds the Dakota Territory's first bank charter. As South Dakota and the upper Midwest have evolved, so has First Dakota. Today, First Dakota offers one of the broadest arrays of financial services in the region, including telephone banking, Internet banking at and online cash management for business.

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