- Associated Press - Monday, July 17, 2017

PILGER, Neb. (AP) - A number of businesses have been rebuilt in and around an eastern Nebraska village since experiencing severe damage from a tornado.

Businesses and homes were destroyed by a tornado that ripped through Pilger in 2014. The wreckage included Pilger’s Village Office, where building permits for homes and businesses go through the village clerk and utilities superintendent, the Norfolk Daily News (https://bit.ly/2txJbPP ) reported.

The village has since rebuilt the office, which includes improvements such as a storm shelter and storage space. It’s the office’s fifth and now permanent location since the tornado.

“It’s so nice to have everything in one place again,” said Village Clerk Kim Neiman. “Now we have a place for the village snow plow and truck that used to be parked outside.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony this month celebrated the reopening of the village’s Midwest Bank as well as the beginning of Pilger’s rebuilding process.

Also opening in July is Pilger Pride, the convenience store that replaces the village’s Pilger Store, which provided gas and groceries before the tornado hit. The new name was chosen through a naming contest.

Pilger Pride general manager Aaron Becker said that the village’s Farmer Co-op became part owner of the store in 2016. By the end of 2015, the co-op rebuilt its holdings, including a new office and scale, truck shop, expanded grain storage, a holding wet bin and grain dryer, plus warehouses for fertilizer.


Information from: Norfolk Daily News, https://www.norfolkdailynews.com

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