Bank reopened as regularly scheduled Monday morning

Photo by Chad Koenen
A fire was extinguished in the rear of the Farmers & Merchants State Bank building in New York Mills on Saturday night.

By Chad Koenen


fire was reported at Farmers & Merchants State Bank in New York Mills on Saturday evening. The fire was reported at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday night. 

NY Mills Fire Chief Ryan Brasel said the fire was contained in the back of the building. Brasel said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Farmers & Merchants State Bank President Al Berube said the fire was pretty much contained to the mechanical room thanks to the quick work of the local fire departments and the NY Mills Police Department. He was thankful for all of the help and the quick response from the fire department. 

“We are open like normal, everything is operating like normal,” said Berube on Monday morning. “Thanks to the fire department for what they did. Also credit to Bobby Berndt (and the NY Mills Police Department).”

On Sunday morning Service Pro, and several bank staff members, cleaned the bank and got it ready to reopen on Monday morning. Even with the late fire on Saturday evening Berube said it was business as usual for the NY Mills bank. 

Responding to the call was the New York Mills Fire Department, as well as the Perham and Bluffton Fire Departments.