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Mouse River Park Rebuilding Auditorium

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After the Mouse River destroyed the old, Mouse River Park is taking on a new look.

Renville County owned three buildings in the park, all of them taking on seven feet of water or more during the 2011 flood.

Instead of rebuilding all three, the cafe and bar were demolished and the auditorium is taking on a new purpose.

Jennifer Thorgramson tells us how the Mouse River Park aims to take on the next 100 years.

A centennial celebration is intended to look back at how far we've come.

But when the Mouse River washed away the old, property owners at Mouse River Park saw the long way to go.

(Kristy Titus, Renville County Emergency Manager) "I think that people want to move back to the park but in a way they're scared."

The three Renville County owned buildings at Mouse River Park were not spared.

(Kristy Titus, Renville County Emergency Manager) "In this facility we saw probably seven feet of water. Just in this building. Within the entire park, a lot of people's homes were flooded right up to the eaves."

But that was two years ago.

The county owned cafe and bar were demolished.

And after a strong camping season in 2012, it was time for a new plan.

(Kristy Titus, Renville County Emergency Manager) "Right now what we're doing is turning the current Mouse River Park auditorium into a bar."

What was once little more than a Quonset dance hall, is now taking on a fresh look.

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The Mouse River Flood of 2011 is now a part of the Mouse River Park's 100 year history.

A conversation piece for the next century.

(Kristy Titus, Renville County Emergency Manager) "Around the auditorium there was a bench and we'll be using those on the bar and different spots in the facility just to bring back and use some of the things that used to make the building so unique, like it was before."

Titus says a number of property owners in the park have traded flooded structures for an empty lot so they can come and go as they please.

(Kristy Titus, Renville County Emergency Manager) "I think they're coming back because it's still important to a lot of people. We're not letting the flood take our park from us. We're going to take the memories and we're going to make new ones."

And THAT is something to celebrate.

From Mouse River Park near Mohall, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

A North Dakota Land Department grant made the renovation possible and it should be complete by May first.

Renville County is currently looking for people who are interested in leasing and running the business through the summer.

Contact the Renville County Auditor for details.

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