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One year later: Grand Rapids VFW standing stong


Grand Rapids, MN-- Monday marked a true "rising from the ashes" in Grand Rapids.

One year after a tragic fire destroyed VFW Post 1720, members came together to remember their old building from their new location in downtown Grand Rapids.

VFW 1720 Chaplain Kenny Hurlbut said although the last year has been tough, the community has been on their side since the beginning.

“When this went down, when we had that fire, the community came behind us and it was just incredible," said Hurlbut.

Through a lot of hard work, VFW post 1720 was able to reopen on the Fourth of July.

VFW Post 1720 Sergeant at Arms John Vaudrin said, it's been a challenge but they are making progress every day.

“We have guests, people can come to eat, and you know, we got the bar. It’s all coming together every day. A little better all the time," said Vaudrin.

Both men said they are grateful to have a new home for Post 1720.

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Peter Kvietkauskas

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