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By C.M. Swanson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Moose Lake building comes down


June 26, 2014

Colette Stadin

With local fire department members on hand to spray down any hazardous dust from demolition, Buetow Trucking & Excavation LLC begins tearing down the building next to Market Place Foods in Moose Lake June 20. The building housed various businesses throughout the years, including most recently a thrift store.

Ted Philman, owner of Ted's Glass Service in Moose Lake wasn't the only person watching the building directly south of Market Place Foods' parking lot being demolished June 21. There were a number of people sitting in their cars, keeping an eye on the project.

"I just swung in to watch," said Philman as the building was chomped, bite-by-bite with the crushing jaws of an excavator, operated by Mike Buetow of Buetow Trucking & Excavation LLC.

Philman recalled the building being around since the early 1960s, which made it something of an icon. No matter.

Lois Johnson

The front of the building goes down as Mike Buetow of Buetow Trucking & Excavation LLC completes demolition of the former vehicle dealership and thrift store building in Moose Lake June 21.

"It's time to move on," said Philman. "It's just an old piece of junk, now."

Moose Lake City Administrator Pat Oman concurred.

"Certainly it was a dilapidated building," said Oman. "It needed to be torn down."

Oman said the site was originally a vehicle dealership. In the recent past it had been a thrift store. Most recently, it was vacant. Now, it's an empty lot.

"The potential is for an expansion," said Oman, "either from the store or from another business."

The city is in discussions with Pace Development, representing Market Place Foods, owned by Johanneson's Inc., which is headquartered in Bemidji. No firm plans have been announced at this time.

"Certainly the goal for the city of Moose Lake is to support business," said Oman. "The idea of knocking that building down certainly sets up the next stage for a new project."


Reader Comments

Isomaki writes:

Yes, it probably needed to be torn down but it does have a lot of history, would be worth capturing that story. It was my first real job at the Wenberg Ford Garage back in 1972-1974, not a bad gig overall for a high school job. Good people worked there.


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