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First Dakota supports growth, development of youth through Capital Campaign donation
By Staff reports

July 16. 2014 9:34AM
The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced Tuesday that First Dakota National Bank has given a $100,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

“Our mission is to anticipate, meet and exceed our customers' expectations. We strengthen our communities by providing time, talent and resources. We are proud of our past and committed to building successful futures. Being part of the South Dakota State Fair project is very important to First Dakota. We believe this project will not only strengthen our communities, but our state as a whole. We look forward to a bright future for the South Dakota State Fair,” stated Larry Ness, chief executive officer of First Dakota National Bank.

“First Dakota’s investment in the capital campaign certainly backs up their mission statement. Reinvesting in the community is what they have done through this gift,” commented Jerome Hertel, SD State Fair director. “This building is no doubt going to strengthen the State Fair, 4-H program and State of South Dakota, so we appreciate First Dakota for graciously supporting the campaign.”

The Foundation has raised $2.66 million of the $4 million goal. Those interested in supporting the Capital Campaign should contact the State Fair office at 605-353-7340 or visit

First Dakota was founded in 1872 and holds the first bank charter issued in all of Dakota Territory. It has 16 full-service banking locations in twelve South Dakota cities. It also has six loan production offices throughout South Dakota and Nebraska.

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