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Account for Your Dreams

Seen the commercials? Heard the catchy jingle? Learn more about Account for Your Dreams

Watch our Account for Your Dreams video segments and TV commercials.

Straight from the Press

At First Dakota, we are proud of our accomplishments in the communities we serve. Click here to browse our archive of press releases, videos, and radio announcements.

To listen to First Dakota AgriVisions segments click here. Be sure to listen to WNAX 570 AM at 8:42 am on Mondays & Fridays for First Dakota AgriVisions.

Click here for information on how to deter, detect and defend to avoid Identity Theft. For more consumer education hints, tips and alerts click here.

For more information on any of these press releases contact us today! Click here for Online Media Kit 

Consumer Education

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. We want to keep you updated and educate you about identity theft.


"Move Your Money”

is a grassroots movement that started as a dinner conversation between friends. This table talk focused on moving some of the power from casino-style, too big to fail banks to community banks. “Community banks are typically more conservative about how they manage their money, they’re more closely connected to the people and businesses who live near them, and they’re more inclined to make loans they know will get paid back. In other words, they have the values that more people would want banks to have.

From videos on websites, to articles in Time Magazine, the “Move Your Money” movement is getting noticed and spreading awareness. Thank you for being part of the “Move Your Money” movement and banking with First Dakota National Bank. Our mission is to anticipate, meet and exceed our customers' expectations. We will strengthen our communities by providing time, talent and resources. We are proud of our past and committed to building successful futures. For more information on this movement click here.

Money Talks Newsletter for Children from the ABA Education Foundation

Click here to view all Consumer Education hints, tips and alerts.

  • First Dakota's History

    The First Fully Chartered Bank of the Dakota Territory

    First Dakota had it's beginning in 1872 when it became the first fully chartered bank in the Dakota Territory. Located in Yankton, the Bank grew steadily as it served the needs of settlers, the river traffic and the flourishing businesses. Today, First Dakota has grown to a network of 19 full service and 6 loan production offices with assets over $1.4 billion and delivers a complete array of banking, investment and trust services.

    "The history of the First Dakota National Bank parallels that of the city of Yankton. Its genealogy dates back to December of 1872 when Delegate to Congress Moses K. Armstrong acquired Charter No. 2068, creating Dakota Territory's first fully authorized national bank. Besides Armstrong -- who became president and cashier -- the original stockholders included Downer T. Bramble, William Miner, Miles T. Woolley, Leonidas M. Purdy, Lycurgas D. and Mark M. Parmer. From that humble beginning, the bank and the Mother City have grown and prospered together."

    Quoted text excerpted from Yankton: A Pioneer Past, by Robert F. Karolevitz. This 245-page book is chock full of stories and pictures from Yankton's colorful past. Stop by First Dakota or
    contact us and you can get your very own copy for just $15!

    * Plus shipping and handling, if applicable.

    Our Mission

    To anticipate, meet and exceed our customers' expectations. We will strengthen our communities by providing time, talent and resources. We are proud of our past and committed to building successful futures.

    Core Values

    • Professional, personal, and financial growth is our goal…
    • Respect and confidentiality for all,
    • Integrity to do the right thing and do things right,
    • Dynamic innovation to keep us first,
    • Expect excellence!
      We take PRIDE in our work at First Dakota!

    Our Commitment

    First Dakota is responsible to three groups: our neighbors, our employees, and our shareholders. Click here to complete our First Dakota Donation and Sponsorship Request Form


    For our neighbors, both residential and business, we will monitor the financial needs of our community and work to meet those needs. We will reinvest in the community to support growth and development while applying our professional judgment to ensure a strong, growing bank. And as a responsible corporate citizen we will actively participate in civic affairs, as individual employees and as a bank. Read our Customer Confidentiality Policy.


    For our employees we must create and sustain a working environment that attracts and retains highly qualified personnel. An environment that nurtures personal growth and rewards employees of all races, genders, ages, and creeds for good work and commitment.


    And, for our shareholders we will create and deliver financial products and services in such a manner that results in a fair return. View our Statement of Condition.

    First Dakota Executive Management




    Larry Ness

    Chairman of the Board &
    Chief Executive Officer
    (605) 665-7432 

    Rob Stephenson

    President &
    Chief Operating Officer
    (605) 665-7432

    Denis Fokken

    Chief Financial Officer
    (605) 665-7432

    Michael Ness

    Sioux Falls President
    (605) 333-8200

    Aaron Ness

    Executive Vice President -
    Yankton Market Manager
    (605) 665-7432 

    Rob Ness

    Executive Vice President -
    (605) 665-7432 

    Gailen Meyerink

    Chief Lending Officer
    (605) 734-5555 

    Nate Franzen

    President -
    Agri-Business Division
    (605) 665-7432 

    Marc Mooney

    Director of Branch Administration
    (605) 665-7432 

    Larry Gehle

    Chief Risk Officer
    (605) 333-8200

    Contact Us Today