Dakotaland's Tom Myers SDHDA Mortgage Loan Officer of the Year

Dakotaland Federal Credit Union’s Tom Myers, was awarded the 2022 South Dakota Housing Area 7 Loan Officer of the Year award at the SDHDA Annual Housing Conference on Nov 7th in Pierre, SD.  Brent Adney, Director of SD Housing  presented the award to Tom which was initially created to recognize Loan Officers who are strong supporters of affordable housing in their communities. There are over 500 participating loan officers from 40 different lenders. Dakotaland is extremely proud to have Tom Myers serving our members since he joined the Mortgage Lending Team in 2017.

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DFCU Earns Spot on Top 300 First Mortgage-Granting Credit Union List in 2022

Dakotaland Federal Credit Union’s Mortgage Department earns a spot on Top 300 First Mortgage-Granting Credit Union list in 2022. “The fact Dakotaland serves a less populated area with lower home values across the national average, makes this recognition even more of an honor”, shared Chief of Mortgage Lending, Sarah Senska.

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Watertown Rockin' the Block Recap

On Wednesday, August 10th, Dakotaland hosted their Rockin the Block Party at the branch location in Watertown. With the current construction happening in Watertown, we decided it was fitting to have a construction theme, and employees sported yellow construction vests, and we gave away plastic, yellow construction helmets to the kids. We served a free meal consisting of pork sandwiches, sponsored by Porky’s BBQ and Concessions, chips, cookies, pop, and water. We also hosted free face painting, a bouncy house, and served snow cones. Members also had the opportunity to register to win adult and kids door prizes and mingle with staff outside of normal business hours. We had approximately 300 members in attendance, and were joined by Dakotaland CEO, Ryan Goehner, Chief Growth Officer, Chad Moeller, Chief Lending Officer, Bryan Smith, Chief Mortgage Officer, Sarah Senska, Chief of Human Resources, Debbie Lehmen, our Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee and many other Dakotaland employees. Thank you to all attendees who made this event such a success!

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Group sitting under tents eating lunch at Mitchell's Summer Celebration

Mitchell Summer Celebration Recap

On August 4th, Dakotaland hosted a Back to School Summer Celebration for our members at the Mitchell branch location. A free lunch was served consisting of walking tacos, ice cream, cookies, pop, and water. The ice cream was served by Farmlife Creamery of Ethan, and Pepsi provided the pop and water. In addition to lunch, Dakotaland hosted kid's face painting, snow cones, and gave away free backpacks filled with school supplies to all kids who attended. Approximately 200 members attended and it was exciting to see such a great turn of kids from the community. Thank you to all members who joined us, and special thanks to Pepsi for donating the pop and water for this wonderful event.

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The Only Credit Union to Make Forbes' Best Credit Unions in SD List

An article written and published by Sioux Falls business announced that Forbes Magazine recently ranked the top three banks in each state, and we are proud to share that Dakotaland FCU was the only credit union in the state named to the list. 

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Aberdeen Ground Breaking with Gold Shovels

New Digs

Dakotaland Federal Credit Union hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, July 19th on their new location at 224 6th Avenue SE in Aberdeen. Dakotaland CEO, Ryan Goehner, along with credit union board members and staff, announced a 11,000 sq ft, 2 story layout with a drive up and Advantage ATM services. HTG Architects, a Credit Union League (DackCU) associate, is their design partner and Quest Construction of Aberdeen is the general manager of the project. Dirt work will begin in August with an anticipated early 2023 summer completion date.

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Tips for Creating a Strong Password

Passwords help guard your online accounts, but they are only as strong as you make them. To keep your sensitive accounts secure, it’s time to think about strength in numbers – that means the number of characters in your password and the number of passwords you use. Sure, passwords like ‘123456’ or a child’s name are easy to remember, but cybercriminals are banking on you using a password that is easy to guess, or contains information that can be linked to you with a little online research, such as an address, favorite sports team, or school name. Plus, if you use the same password for every account, just think how easy you have made it on crooks who try to hack into your financial, email or other accounts to steal your identity, your money or other important data.

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United Way/Huron Young Leadership Council Check Presentation

On behalf of the Dakotaland Membership, the Huron Staff presented the Heartland United Way with over $800. These funds were generated from a free will donation collected during this year's Memberfest and were used to kick off the United Way's annual fundraising efforts.

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