Herald JournalHerald Journal, May 9, 2005

HL Legion Post 145 undergoing extensive remodeling

By Ryan Gueningsman
Staff Writer

Howard Lake American Legion Post 145 is getting a new look and a bigger facility.

Last week, construction crews from Ram Buildings in WInsted demolished the north part of the post building, and are now working on a new bar/lounge area, as well as new bathrooms, storage rooms, and a walk-in cooler, commented Legion Post 145 past commander Sam Gruenhagen, who is heading up the project.

The renovation project is slated to be completed in about four months, but Gruenhagen noted the kitchen and a temporary bar area will be back up and running as soon as Monday, May 16.

About one-and-a-half years ago, Gruenhagen began working on plans for the renovation project, which will about triple the size of the lounge area, Gruenhagen said.

Continuing to improve its facilities and look to the future, Gruenhagen said the Legion post owns the apartment building to the immediate north of the current facility, and is in the process of purchasing the building on the corner of 7th Avenue and Highway 12.

“The long-range plan would be to acquire both buildings, tear them down, and make parking and highway frontage,” he said. “But that might take a few years.”

“We can’t turn back now,” Gruenhagen said with a laugh.

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