Pilger is more than bricks and mortar. It is the daily trip to pick up mail at the post office. The morning coffee and the hamburger lunch at the Village Cafe on Main Street. The towering muscle of the agricultural economy. And the happenings of holidays, graduations and community suppers. Monday's tornado reduced much of the northeast Nebraska community to rubble and ripped the fabric of the village.
Photos by Sarah Hoffman and Kent Sievers / The World-Herald