Category: 2017

Dayna Jones Takes Dakota Star Title

Thursday, September 21, 2017

“I just wanna keep writing songs and playing my music”, says the newest Dakota Star Talent Search winner following her success at this year’s South Dakota State Fair in Huron.   Even though talent contests are not a normal part of her repertoire, Dayna Jones is no rookie to the music world.  She has been performing most of her life with experience in community theater and has spent the past 8 years traveling with a band.  Jones admits it was the opportunity to play in front of the State Fair crowds, the $1,000 prize money and the recording session with Cathouse Studio that enticed her to enter the Dakota Star competition. 


The Dakota Star Search is sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union and is a high visibility event for local artists and musicians to showcase their talent.  It is hosted on the Freedom Stage during the South Dakota State Fair and entries of all ages were submitted from across the state.  Ms. Jones was the winner of the adult category, while second place went to Heather Andrie of Brookings.  In the junior category (age 12-17) top honors went to Alexis Urena of Huron, second place to Madalina Cretu of Wolsey and third place to Saraya Bronson of Wilmot.  Katelyn Ahlers of Mitchell was the winner of the child category (up to 11 years of age), Ciara Blake of Mitchell took second place and third place went to Taylor Mischke of Hayti. 


When asked what she plans to do with her $1,000 purse, Dayna confessed she intends to “reinvest” it back into her band, Jones & Company.  The group is a 5 member band she has beencommitted to for the past 4 years.  Our newest Dakota Star not only provides lead vocals for Jones & Company, but also plays guitar and knows her way around a piano.  Dayna declares she and her band play a variety of music, from country to rock to pop, but she personally enjoys performing her own songs.  She hopes to utilize the studio session with Cathouse of Sioux Falls, which she won as part of the Dakota Star title, to record some of her original works.  Even though Dayna is committed to her goal of writing music and continuing to perform, she does live a dual life.  Ms. Jones is a 14 year veteran teacher with the Bridgewater-Emery School District and is the star of her very own kindergarten classroom.  “Most people who meet the musician side of me, are shocked to find out I am a kindergarten teacher” , explained Jones.  


Classroom or stage, Dayna is making the most of the opportunities that lay ahead.  In fact, the next opportunity for you to see Jones & Company perform is at The District in Sioux Falls onSaturday, October 14th.  Dayna and her crew will open for one of country music’s hottest new artists, Lauren Alaina, as they headline the “Angels of Light Benefit” hosted by the Guiding Hand Foundation. For more information and tickets go to  To follow Dayna and Jones & Company, be sure to check them out on Facebook or visit


Watertown Ground Breaking

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Tuesday afternoon, an official ground breaking ceremony was held at the newest Dakotaland Federal Credit Union location at 1101 9th Avenue SE in Watertown.  The “gold shovels” (left to right) are held by President of Mills Construction, Randy Hanson, Mills Project Manager, Jeff Borah, Architect, Angie Boersma, Credit Union President, Dan Cumbee, Dakotaland Board of Director Members, Bob Curtis, Janet Jones and Robin Olson, Watertown Mayor, Sarah Caron, Watertown Chamber President, Tim Sheehan, Dakotaland CFO, Ryan Goehner, VP of Lending, Bryan Smith and VP of Operations, Amy Busch.  In the back row (left to right), also from Dakotaland Federal Credit Union, are VP of Business Lending, Tom Gietzen, VP of Real Estate, Sarah Senska, DeSmet Branch Manager, Kris Warne, VP of Consumer Lending, Jennifer Peskey, Assistant VP of Teller Services/Branch Manager, Jennifer Huehl and VP of Marketing, Dawn Mutchelknaus.  An early 2018 spring completion is expected.


The Equifax Data Breach

Monday, September 18, 2017

Update From Your Credit Union Network On The Equifax Data Breach 

The following is basic information that may be useful if you would like to know more about the recent Equifax Data Breach or what to do if you feel you may have been affected by the event.

The revelation that Equifax had a major data breach that impacts millions of American consumers has people on edge, no doubt. Chances are good credit unions are taking many calls and fielding questions from nervous members.

CUAD (Credit Union Association of the Dakotas) has been monitoring the information that has been disseminated so far. You should know that CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle has already sent a letter to Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard Smith, urging Equifax to contact all consumers impacted by its recent data breach, in order to immediately begin addressing the threat to consumer credit files and the potential for identity theft. Nussle also called for a detailed briefing because CUNA remains unconvinced that the steps Equifax has proposed are sufficient to address the data breach.

Having one’s personal information stolen is no small matter. Nussle states that “the loss of this information puts these consumers at risk for fraud and identity theft as this information is specific to individuals and represents the core of their digital identity. When its members are at risk, credit unions also must take related steps to protect those members. The risk of identity theft could be lifelong when a Social Security number is compromised.”

Nussle has requested a number of specifics from Equifax on its breach and consumer notification and protection efforts, so CUNA and the leagues can adequately inform its member credit unions of the negative impact the breach might have on operations. CUNA has a site with general information and resources here:

Meanwhile, here is what we know for sure:

This major data breach affects over 143 million Americans' personal information – or about half of the U.S. population.  The data includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, home addresses and, in some cases, driver's license information.

Filene, the non-profit, independent think tank for the consumer finance industry, recommends that consumers take the following steps (below) to find out whether you were personally affected. This would be good information to share with your members. Equifax is offering complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring regardless of whether your information may have been impacted; the option to enroll is available at the link below as well.

To determine if your personal information may have been impacted by this incident:

  • Based on that information, you will receive a message indicating whether your personal information may have been impacted by this incident.  

  • Regardless of whether your information may have been impacted, Equifax will provide you the option to enroll in TrustedID Premier. The enrollment period ends November 21, 2017. Be sure to read the terms.

Staying Safe After the Breach – Remain Vigilant

There is a Staying cyber safe flyer (click here) that outlines best practices for protecting your personal information after a breach, as well as tips to stay cyber safe every day. This would be good information to share with your members.  

It is vital that consumers remain vigilant and protect their personal data.  Remind your members of these basic steps they can take to avoid fraud:


  • Don’t respond to email, text or telephone calls asking for personal or financial information.

  • Frequently review account activity and immediately report unauthorized transactions.

  • Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — for free — by visiting Many consumers are not aware that they can obtain one free credit report from each of the three credit reporting companies (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax) every 12 months. It is suggested that by spacing those reports, consumers can view a report every four months to ensure that information is accurate. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit to find out what to do.

  • Consider placing a credit freeze which makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts. If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.

  • Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely for charges you don’t recognize.

  • File your taxes early — as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.

Visit to learn more about protecting yourself after a data breach.


Moving Forward ~ There is a lot of speculation from an advocacy perspective on what the future will hold for public policy. Chairman Hensarling from the Senate Banking Committee has indicated he will hold hearings on the matter. It is possible this incident could impact data breach legislation. There is much more information to be gathered. Our intention at CUAD is to keep you informed as we ourselves learn more, and to continue to advocate in the best interests of our credit unions and their members.


Dakotaland Membership Donates To United Way Heartland Region

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

On behalf of the Dakotaland Federal Credit Union Membership, the Huron Staff presented the United Way Heartland Region Representatives with a $700 donation.  The collection was raised at the 2017 annual Memberfest held earlier this summer.


Dakotaland Federal Credit Union Reveals Building Plans

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Watertown, South Dakota  -  August 29, 2017  Dakotaland Federal Credit Union moves forward on building plans for a new facility in Watertown, South Dakota.  The old Goodyear Watertown Tire Center building located at Highway 212 and 11th Street SE has been demolished.  The property is currently being cleared and will be the site for the newly constructed full-service facility.  A ground breaking is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19th at 2 p.m. at the building site.  The new credit union is expected to open for business in April of 2018.

Along with General Contractor, Mills Construction, Dakotaland has finalized plans for a 2-story, nearly 7,000 sq. ft. facility. It is designed to accommodate Dakotaland Federal Credit Union’s full line of financial services, which includes drive up and ATM accessibility.  In addition, the structure will house 10 independent offices, allowing for continued growth and also rental space opportunities for anyone in search of professional workspace. 

“To bring local credit union access to our members, as well as provide a competitive alternative to the community of Watertown is what we strive to do”, stated Credit Union President, Dan Cumbee.  “The reception to our expansion to Watertown has been very positive and we are excited to confirm our commitment to this community”, added Cumbee

Dakotaland Federal Credit Union has locations in Huron, Volga, Brookings, Madison, Redfield, DeSmet, Mitchell, Woonsocket and soon expanding to the community of Aberdeen. With 27,500 members and $310 million in assets, Dakotaland continues to be locally owned and operated offering a full-line of financial services to those who live and work in 27 east north central South Dakota counties. 


Robison Honored for 30 Years of Service & Retirement

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Consolidated Hub-Co Approves Merger

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Aberdeen, South Dakota  -  August 24, 2017   An overwhelming majority vote by members of the Consolidated Hub-Co Federal Credit Union of Aberdeen have approved a merger with Dakotaland Federal Credit Union based out of Huron, South Dakota.  The Membership vote was the final regulatory step toward approval of the merger.  The planning stages begin now with the data conversion scheduled for December 31, 2017.  “The merger will provide additional services to Consolidated Hub-Co members, while gaining the efficiencies and support of being a part of a larger organization”, explains Dakotaland Federal Credit Union President, Dan Cumbee. 


 Consolidated Hub-Co Members can expect to see a new sign in front of the Aberdeen office located at 1601 8th Avenue N.E., but as in the past, they will continue to see the same friendly faces and receive the same great service they have come to expect from their credit union.  Along with the new name, Consolidated Hub-Co will experience an expanded offering of products and services.  “The addition of these new financial services will allow our members to make Dakotaland their primary financial institution.” states Cumbee.  Real estate lending, VISA credit cards and an extensive list of electronic services, are just a sample of the options coming in early January 2018 to the Aberdeen Branch.


 Along with maintaining the existing Consolidated Hub-Co building, Dakotaland Federal Credit Union intends to retain the 2 current staff and make room for 1 additional staff member in the near future.  Dakotaland is also excited to welcome current Board of Director Member for Consolidated Hub-Co, Lois Pletten of Aberdeen, as she joins the existing Board of Directors for Dakotaland Federal Credit Union. 


Consolidated Hub-Co was chartered in 1949 and has been serving a number of eligible select employee groups. The union of these two financial cooperatives will now expand the field of membership to those who live and work in 27 East North Central South Dakota Counties. 


Dakotaland Federal Credit Union has locations in Huron, Volga, Brookings, Madison, Redfield, DeSmet, Mitchell, Woonsocket and soon expanding to the community of Watertown. With 27,500 members and $310 million in assets, Dakotaland continues to be locally owned and operated offering a full-line of financial services since 1935.


Olson Joins Accounting Department

Monday, July 24, 2017
Huron, SD - July 19, 2017 Chief Financial Officer at Dakotaland Federal Credit Union, Ryan Goehner, recently expanded operations in the Accounting Department at the main office in Huron. The Senior Accountant position was filled by local candidate, Justin Olson. “With 10 years of combined banking, t....

Part Time Teller/Member Services | Volga

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Part Time Teller/Member Service Position - Volga Branch​ Hours: Approximately 20 hours per week Position will cover afternoon hours three – four days per week.

CEO Spotlight

Monday, May 22, 2017
“Credit unions are the only thing I know,” stated Cumbee as we started this interview. His first job in 1984, upon graduating from Dakota State College in Madison SD, was at First Dakota Federal Credit Union in Sioux Falls. Cumbee was the first full-time employee at the $1 million dollar, “almost fu....
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