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Howard Hong, employee during 1930 Willmar bank robbery, dies at age 97

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WILLMAR -- Howard Hong was about 18 years old and was working as a teller in the downtown Bank of Willmar when members of the "Machine Gun Kelly'' gang entered the bank on the morning of July 15, 1930, robbed the bank of $70,000 and wounded three people in the process.

A newspaper account of the robbery said one of the gang members ordered employees in the posting room, where Hong worked, to lie down on the floor at the bank where Howard's father, Peter, was president.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
(320) 235-1150
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