Federal Delegate's Report By: Valerie Anderson-Boudaka, ICBA National Director, Farmers State Bank of Canton in Canton, SD I hope a fun time was had by all in the Black Hills at the ICBSD Retreat! It was great to see familiar faces and meet new people. A big thank you to Megan and Hannah for another [...]
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The Purpose of Community Banking by: Dillon Kjerstad, Vice President of First National Bank in Phillip and Chairman of the ICBSD Board of Directors What is the purpose of community banking? This is a question that could be open to some debate. However, those of us engaged in the business of independent community banking could [...]
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Introducing Level Up: ICBSD's Professional Leadership & Development Program This spring ICBSD was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with ICBA and Philip Smith of The Smith Gerrish &Tuck Law Firm to create a new strategic plan to help guide us as we serve you and your bank. During this session, we revised our [...]
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Why ICBA Opposes the Flawed Marshall-Durbin Amendment Expansion Legislation

Sens. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) recently introduced legislation expanding the broad authority of merchants over credit card transactions at the expense of community banks and the consumers they serve. Despite ICBA’s persistent communications on the negative impact of Durbin Amendment interventions on payment card systems, this latest iteration of Durbin only compounds [...]
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People You Should Know: Teresa Thill Advantage Network Manager, The Advantage Network, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls   INSPIRED BY COMMUNITY Teresa Thill has always had a love for finance. Even as a young child, she played restaurant with her sister and cousins — creating a menu with prices, calculating the bill, and [...]
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Federal Delegate’s Report

Federal Delegate's Report By: Valerie Anderson-Boudaka, President, Farmers State Bank of Canton Hello community bankers! Representing South Dakota as the Federal Delegate is a career highlight for me. I have met some of you, but there are many of you left that I need to meet. Let me introduce myself! My name is Valerie Anderson-Boudaka [...]
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From the Chairman

Staying True to Rural America By: Brian Gilbert, Senior Vice President, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls Many community banks have been serving farmers for more than a century because they understand the essential role the agricultural community serves in supporting our nation’s food supply and bolstering our economy.  The food and agricultural sector [...]
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From the President

Megan Olson, ICBSD President and CEO
The Case Against Bureaucratic Banking by: Megan Olson, President & CEO, ICBSD Community banks in South Dakota and nationwide have been instrumental in sustaining small businesses and local communities throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but proponents of taxpayer-funded banking in certain states and municipalities threaten to undermine this system and its benefits to consumers. While public [...]
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Meet the Presenter: Lucas White

Meet the Presenter: Lucas White Lucas White, Vice Chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America, will be joining us at the 2022 ICBSD Black Hills Retreat! Lucas will provide an update on what ICBA is doing to ensure community banks can flourish.  He will cover ICBA’s efforts in the areas of advocacy, innovation and [...]
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Meet the Presenter: Christopher Williston VI

Meet the Presenter: Christopher Williston VI President and CEO of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, Christopher Williston VI, will be joining us at the 2022 Black Hills Retreat! During his presentation, Christopher will address key challenges that community banks face with technology. He will also discuss an exciting new solution available to South Dakota [...]
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