About Midwest Bank

Midwest Bank has a strong tradition of family, initiative, integrity, and community. And at the center of it all, is building relationships.

Our Mission

To build strong relationships that inspire successful individuals, businesses, and communities.

Our Vision

Service builds relationships. Through our dedication to excellent personalized service, your experience here will be exceptional.

What matters to us


Much like a family shares more than their last name, our employees share more than a common paycheck. Midwest Bank is committed to exemplifying our family-owned roots with a culture of respect and support among our employees, their families, and our clients.


At Midwest Bank, we understand that corporate and individual success is achievable through each employee taking the initiative when the opportunity arises. Initiative is the match that lights our success; it's not just identifying problems but also recommending solutions. Ultimately, an employee never limits themselves to their job description.


At Midwest Bank, we expect our team to display integrity for themselves, their fellow employees, and their clients by always "doing the right thing." Integrity gives Midwest Bank its structure, investing in the future rather than in the moment. Most importantly, it is the choice between what is convenient and what is right.


Midwest Bank has a heart for our community and service woven into our culture at our core. Our existence is only because of the people we serve; therefore, we believe in improving the places we live and work through our actions. In the context of their role, we encourage each employee to be a contributing member of their community.


Your Community. Your Bank.

Whether you're from Deshler or Creighton, Lincoln or Pilger, our Midwest Bank branch staff are proud to call the communities we serve "home." Whether it's a holiday open house, customer appreciation BBQ, or meals in the fields during harvest, we love the time we spend getting to know our clients and our neighbors.


Go Big Red!

Supporting our communities and supporting our favorite teams and players is something that all of our branches truly enjoy. We love cheering on our local high school and college teams. It's extra special for us when we can cheer on the players and support their families that are from the communities we live in and serve.


Supporting Schools and Community Organizations

Through the Jim B. & Lillian F. Cooper Foundation Grant, communities served by Midwest Bank can receive grants to support their local non-profit organizations. We're proud to be a part of a family-owned bank that is focused on giving back and making a difference.

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Our History

Midwest Bank Through the Years

For over 70 years, Midwest Bank has been dedicated to building relationships and serving our clients, coworkers, and communities. We're proud of our roots, the history of the Cooper family, and the traditions and philosophies that have shaped our organization.


Bob C. Cooper purchases Farmers National Bank in Pilger, Nebraska and serves as Chairman of the Board.


Jim Cooper serves as Chairman of the Board.


Don Johnson named President & CEO.


Bob A. Cooper serves as Chairman of the Board.


The Jim B. & Lillian F. Cooper Foundation is established to support health, education, and recreation in the communities that we serve.

January 1998

The Bank of Creighton originally opened in 1897 and later changed to the American National Bank of Creighton in 1932. In January 1998, the Cooper family buys the American National Bank of Creighton.


In 1972, the Cooper family purchased First Security Bank in Deshler. In 1998, the bank's name was changed to Midwest Bank. At this time, all banks owned by the Cooper family merged under one name, Midwest Bank.

July 2000

In 1882, Pierce County Bank was opened. Later, in 1897, the name was changed to Cones State Bank. In 1998, Midwest Bank acquires Cones State Bank and then we changed the name to Midwest Bank. In 2000, we moved into our current location in Pierce.

November 2003

Midwest Bank opens a branch in York, Nebraska. In 2005, a new bank building is built due to rapid growth and in 2021, we remodeled and updated the branch.


Robin Wilson named Chairman of the Board.


Doug Johnson named President and CEO.

March 2006

The first Midwest Bank branch in Norfolk was at 25th Street and Benjamin Avenue. We would close this location in March 2022 following the opening of the Norfolk Main Headquarters location on West Cooper Drive in 2021.

March 2009

We opened our second location, Midtown Branch, in Norfolk on 13th Street to serve more clients in our community.

October 2011

Originally, we opened a LPO (Loan Production Office) in Lincoln in 2008. Following steady growth, we opened our current full-service branch on Jamie Lane.

October 2012

Plainview State Bank opened in 1928. Jim B. Cooper purchased the bank in 1963. Plainview State Bank merged into Midwest Bank in 1998. We moved into our current branch location in Plainview.

June 2016

Following a storm and twin tornadoes in 2014 that destroyed our Pilger branch, we rebuilt and reopened our new Pilger branch in June 2016.

May 2021

We opened our new Midwest Bank headquarters in Norfolk, Nebraska which includes a Norfolk branch on the 1st floor along with administration and support staff on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

October 2022

Bob A. Cooper, former Chairman of the Board, and friend Darlene, and Ginny Johnson (CEO Doug Johnson's mother) stopped in for a visit and tour of the Main Headquarters building in Norfolk. The Cooper Family moved into banking back in 1952 in Pilger and now, Bob's daughter, Robin Wilson, is the fifth generation of the Cooper Family leading Midwest Bank into the future as our current Chairwoman of the Board.

January 2023

Our Wisner branch celebrated the "topping off" of the final beam of their new branch location with a traditional signing ceremony with Beckenhauer Construction Inc before the beam was placed.

March 2023

We proudly accepted the award for Best Community Bank to Work For presented by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA). We are proud to be a local community bank that focuses on supporting our employees, being active in our communities, and giving back to those that need it the most.

April 2023

We announced that we will be opening a 2nd location in Lincoln at 70th and Pioneers Blvd. The branch is set to open in the beginning of January 2024.

October 2023

Our new Wisner branch building opens to the public with a ribbon cutting. After temporarily relocating the Pilger branch following the tornados in 2014 and rebuilding the Pilger branch, we opened a Wisner branch to serve the community. This brand-new building offers a drive-thru, ATM, and more room to better serve our clients.

February 2024

We celebrated the opening of our second location in Lincoln, Nebraska with a ribbon cutting. The second location opened at Pioneers and 70th St and is a full-service branch offering retail and business banking services.

Meet our Board of Directors

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Robin Wilson

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Doug Johnson

President & CEO
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Rob Schardt

Chief Financial Officer
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Chris Alt

Chief Lending Officer
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Russ Diedrichsen

Regional President
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Brad Koehn

Regional President
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Pat Hughes

Board Member
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Dave Schell

Board Member
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Russ Wilcox

Board Member
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Al Collison

Board Member
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J.D. Alexander

Board Member

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