First National Bank North Platte is offering a checking account special in which you can earn a $50 bonus for opening a new E-Z Account and a $50 bonus for starting Direct Deposit. Offer is good through April 15, 2008. Direct deposit must be established by June 30, 2008. A $100 opening balance is required.
The E-Z Account page lists "great rate of interest" as one of the perks. For checking accounts, this sometimes means the rate is 1%. But I was surprised to see 3% APY for balances up to $25K in the rate table.
A branch visit appears to be required to open accounts. Branches are located in several towns in Western Nebraska. The bank is a member FDIC (Certificate # 5449).