â�?�?Shred Daysâ�?�? successful During the first week of March, First Dakota hosted "Protect Your Identity Shred Days" in Chamberlain, Kimball, Mitchell, Parkston, Salem, Vermillion, Wagner, and Yankton. In all the communities combined, over 8,000 lbs of personal documents were collected and shredded. Identity Theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. It is ranked as one of the top consumer concerns for the past several years. Farron Pratt, president of First Dakota, said, "At First Dakota, we understand the seriousness of Identity Theft. It is an emotional burden for those who have had their identity stolen. We want to help educate and protect our communities from this crime. We saw the "Protect Your Identity Shred Days" as a great way to help our communities." One way to protect yourself from identity thieves is to be careful with documents and letters that you throw in the garbage. Remember, when you throw something in the trash, it is available to anyone willing to overlook the disgusting smells and textures of your trash. A good rule of thumb to follow is anything that has a signature, account number, social security number or medical and legal information should be shredded to protect yourself from Identity Thieves. With total assets exceeding $700 million and a financial team of over 250 dedicated banking professionals, First Dakota has thirteen offices including: Chamberlain, Kimball, Oacoma, Parkston, Salem, Vermillion, Wagner, with two locations each in Yankton, Mitchell, and Sioux Falls. Additionally, we have loan production offices in Corsica, Mitchell, and Platte, South Dakota and in Elgin, Hastings, and Ogallala, Nebraska. 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 Internet Banking at firstdakota.com, eStatements, eMobile Banking, Bank-to-Bank eTransfers and online cash management for business.