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The Bowman branch of the Dakota Community Bank and Trust handed out about 200 free lunches June 25 as part of the company’s 80th anniversary celebration.

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The Dakota Community Bank and Trust continued its 80th anniversary celebration June 25 with a free lunch in front of its branch location in downtown Bowman.

According to a local bank spokesman, the lunch was part of a year-long celebration of the fact the business opened in 1940 and has served communities in North Dakota ever since.

In addition, the bank will have more celebrations of its anniversary throughout the year.

The local bank set up a serving table on the sidewalk in front of the bank, with tables for the people to eat in the parking area. On the menu were free hamburgers, snacks and drinks. In addition, people could pick up a free S’mores packet.

The bank offered the lunch for two hours, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The bank also had a drawing for a fire pit filled with summer snacks such as the makings for S’mores, along water bottles, drinks and tumblers, insect repellent and grilling tools.

The banks are also participating in an #80Actsof Kindness program throughout the year. Recently, members of the Bowman branch delivered boxes of donuts to a local business for its employees.

A large number of the bank’s planned special events were canceled earlier this year, but the recent reopening of the economy in North Dakota has allowed the celebrations to resume.

According to Kristy Pagel, the bank manager, between 175 and 200 people were served in front of the bank.

“This is the fourth year we have done this,” Pagel said.

There is another anniversary event in the fall planned, but the schedule has not been finalized yet, she added.

Wayne Gerbig of Amidon won the fire pit S’mores drawing.

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