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Welcome: Jennifer Olson

Jennifer Olson has joined BankStar Financial’s business banking department at their Brookings location.  She brings over 22 years of experience in the banking field.


“Jennifer is a respected business banker and well-established and within our market. Her commitment to building strong banking relationships, along with her extensive community involvement, will make her a great addition to the BankStar team,” stated Greg Fargen, Brookings president. 


After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University in Animal Science, and minors in Ag Marketing and Ag Business, Jennifer began her career in Brookings, SD.   


In 2018, Jennifer was chosen as the Lender of the Year for First District Development Corporation and continues to be very active in the local community. She is involved in the Brookings Rotary, United Way, Deubrook Booster Club, White SD Pioneer Days, and Bethel Lutheran Church.  


Jennifer and her husband, have two children and reside in White, SD.  In her downtime, Jennifer enjoys golfing, shopping, reading, four-wheeling, and spending time at the lake. 


Join us in welcoming Jennifer to the team!


COVID-19 Updates


At BankStar Financial, our top priority is the health and well-being of our customers, employees, and communities.  We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to your needs.  We have increased the frequency of our regularly scheduled cleanings and sanitation efforts during this time.  


All our branches have reopened for regular business hours


We strongly encourage you to use BankStar’s Online Banking Services at www.ebankstar.bank for 24/7 account access. Another option to access your accounts is via our Mobile Banking App.   From there you can have access to our eBanking services where you can deposit checks, transfer funds, check your account balance, review account activity, pay bills, and more. 

  • ATM.  Access any MoneyPass ATM in our network surcharge free.  Find ATM locations at https://www.moneypass.com/index.html.
  • Call us. During regularly scheduled business hours. 
    • Brookings:  605-692-3636
    • Elkton:  605-542-2681
    • Volga:  605-627-9121
  • Email us.  At info@ebankstar.bank and we will be in contact with you as soon as we can.  Please do not include sensitive account or personal information in the email.

Beware of scams.  Look out for suspicious emails and text messages during this time.  The intent is to convince you to share sensitive information such as usernames and passwords, make purchases or donate on spoof websites, or download malware onto your device by opening a malicious attachment.  BankStar will never ask you for your personal information or login credentials.  If you do receive a suspicious email or text message, do not respond, click on any links, or open any attachments. 

If you or your family members have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and need additional assistance related to your account, please notify us via email or by phone and we will do the best we can to assist you. 


As new developments emerge regarding COVID-19, we will share information with you about how we continue to operate safely and effectively.  For the latest information and resources on COVID-19, we recommend you visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.


We want to personally thank you for being a valued client.  Stay Healthy.


Community bank assists 151 small businesses with Paycheck Protection Program

BankStar prepared to assist more businesses as next round of federal support comes into focus


As communities continue to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 in their personal lives, many small businesses across South Dakota and the nation are fighting for survival.  


“Amidst shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders, most small businesses are simply trying to maintain some semblance of business activity, while also trying to determine how to support their employees with the paychecks they depend on. BankStar is stepping up to meet this challenge,” said Chuck Hegerfeld, CEO, BankStar Financial.


BankStar Financial is participating in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to support the continuance of small business payrolls. The PPP is part of the $2-trillion economic stimulus package signed into law last month. The $350 billion allocated to PPP was fully committed by April 16, 2020, and efforts are now underway in Congress to provide more funding.


As of April 17, 2020, BankStar has funded $7,067,477 for 151 small businesses, which has allowed these businesses to retain or rehire over 900 employees. 


“This kind of activity doesn’t just happen, and I’m very proud of the BankStar staff. It takes a commitment to long days and weekends to keep the process flowing, and it takes a spirit of teamwork focused on helping others. That’s what community banking and BankStar are all about,” said Hegerfeld. “BankStar is prepared to assist as another round of federal support comes into focus.”


For more information on the Paycheck Protection Program through BankStar, contact Julie Puetz at (605) 692-3636 or email julie.puetz@ebankstar.bank.