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Bank destroyed in tornado opens Monday


by Danielle Wagner

PARKERSBURG (KWWL) Since June, MidwestOne Bank employees have worked out of a mobile bank.

But now, the new building is done and ready for business. Employees say they won't miss the cramped quarters they're leaving behind.

"It's been very cold in the trailer all winter long, but it's gonna be nice to be back in the building," said Market President Clint Ackerson.

Last year, the E-F 5 tornado destroyed the bank. Of the bank's nine employees, six also lost their homes.

"So they not only lost their home life, they lost their business life, that part of normalcy. So they really had everything turned upside down," said Branch Manager Rhonda Allen.

But just like the bank, the employees are rebuilding too. Four of the six are already back in their homes and the other two should be by May.

Soon a sense of normalcy will return to home and work. Monday, the bank returns to normal hours. The bank looks the same...

"We had a comment the other day, there's so many new homes coming up in town and all different, it's nice to see something just like it was before," said Ackerson.

But there is one change, the name. A merger in August changed the name from First State Bank to MidwestOne Bank.

"Nothing else has changed besides the name. We're still a community bank to help the people of Parkersburg get through the tornado," said Allen.

The bank's community room, which was used for meetings, graduation parties and other events is also back open for public use.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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