Great Western Bank history

Over 80 years ago we were a small-town bank, but because of our sound and prudent banking practices (and a lot of hard work), we grew to become a leading regional bank. At heart, we are still that small-town bank – now we have greater resources and capabilities.

With the May 16, 2016 acquisition of HF Financial Corp. and its bank, Home Federal Bank, today we enjoy a significant regional presence and welcome customers to our 170+ branches across South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Arizona.  

Our mission is to Make Life Great by taking outstanding care of our customers and creating long-term relationships. For us, Making Life Great isn’t merely a phrase we use to promote ourselves. It’s a promise to make your financial life easier and more secure. It’s helping you buy a home, start a business or plan your retirement. It’s giving our employees an opportunity to grow and thrive.

The Midwest is our home and we understand the needs of business and agriculture that drive our local economies. Our “Big Bank, Small Bank” business model means we can provide services of a much larger bank, but still retain a customer-focused culture typically seen with smaller banks. We pride ourselves on providing the best of both. With Great Western Bank, you can bank where big enough and small enough meet.

Our commitment to the communities where we live and play is demonstrated through financial support, employee volunteerism and community leadership. That’s why you’ll see us serving meals at local shelters or volunteering our time at schools and civic organizations. It’s our community too, after all, and it’s another way we Make Life Great.