Midwest Bank Destroyed by Tornado to Rebuild in Nebraska Town

July 14, 2014

Midwest Bank has announced it will rebuild its branch in Pilger, Neb., that was destroyed in June by a tornado that leveled much of the northeast Nebraska town.

Doug Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Midwest Bank, tells the Norfolk Daily News that he and many other employees of the bank are natives of Pilger.

“While the bank’s physical presence in the community has been temporarily interrupted, our support for the community and its residents will not be impacted,” Johnson said.

While plans for a new full-service Midwest Bank in Pilger are being developed, a location in neighboring Wisner has been selected that will be remodeled and opened to serve clients in the area, Johnson said.

The Wisner location is expected to be open for business by late August.

During the transition, a Midwest Bank employee will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Gene and Dan Oswald’s building in northwest Pilger to assist with limited banking needs. He will not be able to provide cash, however.

The Pilger bank staff is now working out of the Midwest Bank location in Norfolk, Johnson said.

“Pilger will rebuild,” he said. “It will look different, it will feel different, but it will still be Pilger and will always be the town too tough to die.”

The town of 350 people was severely damaged by a tornado on June 16. Two people were killed in the storm.

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