Residents, businesses and local governments are bemoaning plans to shutter banks in Lena, Suring, and Townsend this year.

Associated Banc-Corp has notified regulators that it wants to close 11 branches of Huntington National Bank, which are among the 32 Huntington offices in Wisconsin the Green Bay-based bank is purchasing in a deal announced last month.

The loss of the branches will affect not just residents, but schools, local governments, and businesses.

“A lot of people are really disappointed,” said Vicki Pintsch, owner of Pintsch Hardware in Townsend. “The bank is right here in town when you come to do things.”

Pintsch said the closure of the town’s only financial institution will hit one segment of the community hard.

“There’s a lot of older people in the area, and it’s hard for them to get places,” she said. “Having this bank here is a benefit for all of them.”

But many will have to travel, as there isn't another easy option for them.

Read more in the Green Bay Press Gazette.