First new home being erected in Pilger

PILGER, Nebraska (KTIV) – The folks in Pilger, Nebraska have reached a major milestone in rebuilding the town after it took a direct hit from an EF-4 tornado on June 16, 2014.

Twin tornadoes destroyed three-quarters of the town of Pilger, Nebraska.

Now, a month and a half later, the town is working diligently to rebuild the place they call home.

“From the first minute I saw the tornado, and when we came back in and saw what it had done to the town, it was never in my mind to leave Pilger,” city clerk Kim Neiman says.

Neiman has the first home being rebuilt in town. Several others have already been approved to rebuild. Folks from the surrounding area have been in constant communication, mostly with Kim, to assist in the efforts.

Ray Stahla, who brought in Kim’s home just twelve days after she and her husband bought it, says he feels it’s only right that Kim’s home be the first to be replaced after all she’s done to help Pilger heal.

“She’s pretty much the lifeline for Pilger at this point in time, so for us to get her back into town and help the rebuilding process, to me, is a real high priority,” Stahla says.

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