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Hello BankStar Customers!  Welcome to our new website. 

Please note the change of our website from .com to .bank.  Our new .bank domain offers a higher level of security than our .com address.  To obtain a .bank domain, financial institutions are required to go through rigorous background checks to ensure that the bank is legitimate.  This scrutiny is not necessary to gain a .com domain.  When transitioning to a .bank domain, higher security standards are mandatory to protect customer data.  These higher standards are reviewed on a regular basis so that you may be assured of the latest updates for internet security.  Assisting in safe transmission of confidential information, helping to prevent online hacker attacks, and email authentication to help deliver a more secure website for our customers at ebankstar.bank is what we are striving for!


Kyle Peters to join Brookings Team full-time!

BankStar Financial welcomes Kyle Peters to join their team in Brookings, SD!  His new duties will include Ag, Commercial, and Consumer Lending.  Kyle graduated from South Dakota State University in May with a degree in Agricultural Business and Banking & Financial Services. Kyle is originally from a farm/ranch just outside of White Lake, South Dakota and has been involved with agriculture and ranching his whole life.  Kyle has been with BankStar Financial over the last two years while attending college.  We are excited to have Kyle join the Brookings office and look forward to building relationships with current and new customers! Join us in welcoming Kyle Peters to the team!

Employee of the Quarter

Congratulations to Deanna Wendell of the Volga office for being the Employee of the Quarter! 


Identity theft is a crime.  The crime occurs when someone invades your life, taking pieces of your personal identifying information and assumes it as their own, causing damage to your credit and your name.  With ID TheftSmart, you can breathe easy.  If your identity is ever stolen while enrolled in ID TheftSmart, the investigators at Kroll spring into action.  They step in as your advocate, fully committed to restoring your identity to pre-theft status as quickly and efficiently as possible. 



ID TheftSmart is your answer in the event your identity is ever compromised.  Investigators will work on your behalf to restore and preserve your identity.  Not only will you receive full service identity restoration from a licensed experienced investigator should you become a victim, but you will also have a resource to help answer questions or provide guidance on security and fraud related concerns, in order to head off possible issues before they materialize. 


If your identity is stolen, our licenced ID TheftSmart investigators will:

  • Confirm identity fraud and determine its nature and scope

  • Assist in obtaining a police report

  • Provide a tri-merge credit report and perform non-credit searches

  • Work on your behalf until ALL identity theft issues have been verifiably resolved

  • Place seven-year fraud victim statements with credit reporting agencies when applicable

Credit Monitoring (includes Restoration)

ID TheftSmart Credit Monitoring is designed to provide alerts if you ever experience unusual activity on your credit report.  Through this service, you will recieve alerts when one of the following activities is detected on your credit report:

  • New account openings

  • Credit inquiries

  • Payment delinquencies

  • Public record changes

  • Change of address

Alerts are available online (via email) and offline (via postal delivery). 

If you would like more information or want to enroll in an ID TheftSmart program, please contact a BankStar associate.  You must be 18 years of age and a BankStar customer to be eligible for this service.


ID TheftSmart is a service of Kroll Information Services. 


College Loans

There are many ways to pay the cost of a higher education.  After considering all your federal loans, scholarships and grants, you may still have a gap you to pay your total college costs.  BankStar Financial works with the iHELP Student Loan program to provide you an attractive student loan that can help. 

  • Competitive interest rates

  • No origination or repayment fees

  • Flexible repayment options

  • Easy to apply and responsive customer service

Important:  Applying with a cosignor may help you to qualify for the loan and possibly receive a lower interest rate. 

Click here to learn more and apply


College Graduate Consolidation Loans

BankStar Financial works with iHELP to offer Private Loan Consolidation for college graduates.  Consolidating your Federal, Parent Plus and Private student loans is a great way to reduce student loan payments and simplify. 

  • You may save money by choosing either a fixed or variable interest rate

  • Simplify with one easy monthly payment by combining multiple payments

  • Refinance a single loan

  • Make budgeting easier

Applying with a cosignor may help you to qualify for the loan and possibly receive a lower interest rate.

Click here to learn more and apply