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Palm Beach Post, Monday, December C, 1976 A5 Bank Closure Brings Town To Standstill NOW ON DISPLAY Three Colors To Choose From GREEN - PINK - RED Pick The Size Best For You SMALL - MEDIUM - LARGE TOWNER, N.D. (UPI) - What happens in a town when its only bank which is not federally insured suddenly is closed? It happened in Towner, where the new stone-fronted Pioneer State Bank, most impressive building on the four-block-longmain street, was shut down by state officials Nov. 26 for an investigation of its financial health, with emphasis on questionable loans. Suddenly no one in this sandy-hill ranch country of north central North Dakota could write checks on the bank. Business dropped off sharply and the 900 residents of Towner and about 12,000 others in the area grew worried and discouraged. Many people in the area have their life savings in the Pioneer bank. Mayor Bill Domres' wife and a friend walked through town in red "Santa and Mrs. Santa" suits handing out candy to the kids to take people's minds off money worries. Things finally began brightening this weekend. Shoppers who managed to get money were out moving around in the little community which stretches a few blocks either side of North Dakota Highway 14. Along the four-block business district are three grocery stores, a drug store, two clothing stores, a variety store, a leather shop, two hardware stores, three gas stations, a bakery, barber shop, beauty shop, laundromat, a couple of car dealers and four taverns. Mrs. Domres, who helps her husband with his jobs as mayor and publisher of the Mouse River Farmers Press, and Mrs. Bill Hutton got the idea of giving out candy to the children to help the holiday mood. "They walked all over handing out candy," Domres said, "up and down streets, through the stores, schools and the courthouse to take people's minds off their worries about the bank." The state-owned Bank of North Dakota loaned money to the county and town governments to meet payrolls. Merchants were liberal in giving credit and taking Pioneer State Bank checks to cash later. Some residents borrowed money from neighboring banks. Elderly people got Social Security checks. "People are starting to shop again, a little money is flowing and the attitude in town is better," the mayor said. The investigation of the bank is not expected to be completed until the end of the week but there was optimism that the bank will be solvent and reopen. The Pioneer bank owners and another group also planned to file applications for a new charter for a bank to be covered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. 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