As word of the proposed megamerger between First Bank System Inc. and U.S. Bancorp spread Thursday, community bankers in the Pacific Northwest said they are eager to compete with what would be a $70 billion-asset institution.

These bankers said they looked forward to taking advantage of the confusion, unhappiness, and dislocation among customers and employees that they said was sure to result from the deal.

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