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Mitchell Community Takes Aim For VFW

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The VFW means a lot to the Mitchell community. If it wasn't easy to see before, you could certainly tell on Friday.

"The weather obviously isn't cooperating but people are sticking it out and trying to et their 18 holes in today," VFW Commander Patrick Ziegler said.

Despite soggy greens and wet clubs, 21 teams took to the tees for a two-man scramble golf tournament at the Wild Oak Golf Course, hoping to make a divet in the VFW's financial woes.

Ziegler said, "Now our building is in a state of disrepair I'd say."   

About three months ago, the Longhorn Bar was torn down. But during the demolition, damage was caused to it's neighbor. There was issues with common wall shared between between the Bar and the VFW, forcing the vets to close their doors.

"We lost 34 days of business during the demolition. It looks like it's going to be a very expensive project to build it," said Ziegler.

The VFW is now open, but it's unclear who will have to pay to fix the damage.    

Ziegler said, "We're in negotiations with the city to decide whether we're going to finish our building or if the post is going to have to move."

Even in times of uncertainty, long-time members of the Mitchell VFW, are confident it will survive, somehow, some way.

"It'll all come together. It'll happen for us, it just takes time and work," said Ziegler.

There was a 50 dollar entry fee to enter the fundraiser golf tournament Friday. For the 19th hole, those who competed were invited to a cook-out at Overtime Sports Bar.

There are more activities planned for Saturday. From 8-11:30 a.m. there will be a pancake feed. Raffle tickets will be sold from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. along with a silent auction. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a dunk tank and inflatables for the kids. A poker run begins at 12 p.m. and will run until 4 p.m. and a band will begin playing at 7 p.m.

All of the activities will be located at or near the masonic temple in Mitchell. The proceeds will go to the Mitchell VFW.
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