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BankStar Welcomes Bruce E. Hanson, CPA

Bruce Hanson, CPA has joined BankStar Financial as Vice President/Chief Financial Officer.  He brings an extensive history of management skills and banking experience to BankStar.

Prior to joining BankStar, Bruce was the Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President/Controller for HF Financial Corp./Home Federal Bank and a  Finance Manager for the Sanford Health Plan in Sioux Falls, SD. He has extensive experience in financial management and reporting, regulatory reporting, process improvement and automation, and federal and state taxation.   

 “We are pleased and excited to have Bruce as part of our BankStar team, “said Chuck Hegerfeld, CEO and President. “We look forward to utilizing Bruce’s extensive knowledge and experience in helping us continue to serve our customers and communities.”

A native of both Clark and Toronto, SD, Mr. Hanson attended and graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He also currently holds an active CPA certificate and is a licensed member of the SD Board of Accountancy.

 Mr. Hanson has participated in coaching youth sports, church activities, golfing, music, and an active volunteer of the community. He has also been active and certified as a Foster Parent through Social Services. He is looking forward to establishing himself in the community and becoming an active participant.


Leadership Brookings


Leadership Brookings is an 8 month program for individuals looking to expand their civic knowledge in Brookings. To learn more click here.

Stephanie Reicks and Tori Afdahl both attended Leadership Brookings this year.



                         Stephanie Reicks                    Tori Afdahl


Stephanie Reicks was raised in Spirit Lake, Iowa. She came to Brookings in the fall of 1999 to attend South Dakota State University. She graduated in December of 2003 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Her husband, Graig began graduate school and Brookings officially became their home. Stephanie started working at BankStar Financial in 2004, where she is currently a personal banker. The couple has two sons, Camden and Cayler, and enjoy watching them participate in youth baseball, hockey, and soccer.

For the past 10 years, Stephanie has enjoyed using her degree to volunteer in the classroom with Junior Achievement. She loves being a part of the Brookings community and discovering everything it has to offer. Stephanie is excited to to part of Leadership Brookings and looks forward to forming new friendships and learning more about the community!


Tori Afdahl was raised in Faith, SD. She came to Brookings in the fall of 2012 to attend South Dakota State University. She graduated with a degree in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting the spring of 2016. Tori began her career at BankStar Financial in September of 2016 where she is currently a Credit Analyst and Loan Administrator. She enjoys wedding planning with her fiancé Cal and spending time with their dog Reba.

Tori is excited to be part of Leadership Brookings and looks forward to meeting new people and learning more about the city of Brookings.




IRS Issues Warning

WASHINGTON, August 28, 2017 - The Internal Revenue Service warned people to avoid a new phishing scheme that impersonates the IRS and the FBI as part of a ransomware scam to take computer data hostage. 

The IRS said:  "The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  It tries to entice users to select a "here" link to download a fake FBI questionnaire.  Instead, the link downloads a certain type of malware called ransomware that prevents users from accessing data stored on their device unless they pay money to the scammers." 

"This is a new twist on an old scheme," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.  "People should stay vigilant against email scams that try to impersonate the IRS and other agencies that try to lure you into clicking a link or opening an attachment.  People with a tax issue won't get their first contact from the IRS with a threatening email or phone call."

Remember that the IRS does not use email, text messages or social media to discuss personal tax issues, such as those involving bills or refunds.  THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK!