Van Batavia Selected to Fill Loan Officer Position at Dakotaland Federal Credit Union

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Dakotaland Federal Credit Union has announced the addition of Joel Van Batavia to the Consumer Lending Team, stationed out of the Madison Branch. Van Batavia is new to the Interlakes Area and brings a solid financial background to the position. “Joel is a prime example of the talented staff the Cred....

Dakotaland FCU Board of Directors Enlists Pletten Following Merger

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Huron, South Dakota - January 15, 2018 A long history of credit union support has secured a seat at the table of the Dakotaland Federal Credit Union (DFCU) Board of Directors for Lois Pletten of Aberdeen. Pletten was serving on the Consolidated HUB Co Federal Credit Union (CHFCU) Board at the time o....

Dakotaland Receives Special Recognition

Monday, December 18, 2017
Over the weekend our KAREN population celebrated their National New Year with over 300 in attendance at the Exhibit Hall on the SD State Fair Grounds in Huron.

Robin Olson Fulfills 24 Years of Volunteer Service

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Dakotaland Federal Credit Union celebrates 24 years of dedicated service by local businessman, Robin Olson. Robin joined the seven person volunteer Board of Directors for the Credit Union in 1993 and announced his retirement in 2017. Serving as the Chairman of the Board from 1998 to 2016, Olson’s co....

Administrative Building Ground Breaking

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A full line up of gold shovels were put to work at the the ground breaking ceremony for the future home of the new administrative building for Dakotaland Federal Credit Union. The 30,000 sq.ft. facility will be located on the south east edge of Huron. A completion date of December 2018 is projected.  L to R our gold shovels are manned by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union CFO Ryan Goehner; Dakotaland Federal Credit Union VP of Lending Bryan Smith; Dakotaland Federal Credit Union VP of Business Lending Tom Gietzen; Dakotaland Federal Credit Union Board Member Bonnie Geyer; Mills Construction President Randy Hanson; Mills Construction Architect Angie Boersma; Dakotaland Federal Credit Union President Dan Cumbee; Huron Mayor Paul Alyward; Huron Greater Development President Jim Borszwich; Huron Chamber Ambassador President Drew Weinreis; Dakotaland Federal Credit Union VP of Operations Amy Busch; Dakotaland Federal Credit Union VP of Teller Services Char Walter and Dakotaland Federal Credit Union VP of Consumer Lending Jennifer Peskey.  Also pictured in the front row is Huron Chamber of Commerce President Laurie Shelton and Ambassador Phelan Stahl.  Local project manager is Dakotaland Federal Credit Union Facilities Manager Curt Reindel, of Huron.


Dakotaland Receives SHE Award Honors

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dakotaland is honored to be the first employer to receive the Empowering SHE Award. They were nominated for recognizing and promoting a strong female workforce.

The SHE recognition award program focuses on women in Beadle County.  The SHE stands for Strength~Humility~Empowering and Sincere~Honor~ Ethical.  There are three categories; Community Service and Humanitarian Award, Tomorrows Leaders and Empowering SHE.

 The following quote was dedicated to Dakotaland at the awards banquet held at the Nordby Exhibit Hall in Huron, SD on Saturday, October 14th, 2017,  "Success does not come from what they do occasionally. It comes from what they do consistently".


Nancy Calmus Announces Retirement

Tuesday, October 3, 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.

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