The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) announced that at 4 p.m. Feb. 13, it closed Sherman County Bank of Loup City, Nebraska. The bank’s branch offices in Farwell, Dannebrog and St. Paul, which operated under the name Howard County Bank, were also closed. The NDBF had been closely monitoring the bank and had ordered it to increase its capital reserves to a safe level. However, efforts by the bank to do so were unsuccessful. The Department named the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver of the bank. The FDIC has entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Heritage Bank headquartered in Wood River, Nebraska, to assume all of the deposits. Heritage Bank has branch offices in Aurora, Doniphan, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Neligh and Stromsburg, as well as mobile branches in Adams, Buffalo and Hall counties. Customers who have questions regarding Sherman County Bank and their accounts can call the FDIC toll free at 1-800-823-5346. Customers can also visit the FDIC’s website at www.fdic.gov for more information.