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Wahoo State Bank to host grand re-opening celebration following 2016 fire

Wahoo State Bank celebrates grand re-opening
Posted at 7:07 AM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 08:07:42-04

WAHOO, Neb. (KMTV) — Two years after the small town bank burned down, many in the city of Wahoo will be celebrating its grand re-opening Friday.

The Wahoo State Bank has been a staple in the community for more than 80 years.

The bank has a newer, brighter look now that the rebuilding process has officially completed.

It burned down in November 2016.

Fire investigators told us someone putting up Christmas lights left a halogen lamp on the roof, and it tipped over due to the high winds causing the fire.

Bank President Greg Hohl tells us it took about 14 months to rebuild, once they started the process.

Hohl says it was important for them to rebuild the bank downtown because of its history and impact on the city.

"We have a great downtown all the buildings are filled and we have some real core businesses that we think will be here for a long time, so we think it's still going to be a viable downtown and it's still the best location for us for all those reasons," Hohl said.

The bank is hosting an open house from 10-3 p.m., it'll include giveaways, free drawings and tours.

There will also be a free dinner and concert, and silent auction at Starlite Event Center starting at 5 p.m.

The bank says all donations will directly benefit Project Sunbeam.