- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014

PILGER, Neb. (AP) - The northeast Nebraska town hit hard by a tornado last month still enjoyed its annual summer celebration this weekend.

Pilger residents say the festival provided a welcome break from clean-up and repairs they have been dealing with since the June 16 storms damaged or destroyed at least three-quarters of the town.

Some of the events that were usually held downtown had to be moved to the northwest corner of Pilger, which was the only area that escaped significant damage.

Pilger Fire Chief Kory Koehlmoos says he and other village officials initially weren’t sure whether to go forward with Pilger Days. But he says most of the events were already planned and residents wanted to hold the festival.

This year, some of the events helped raise money for the town’s recovery.

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