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American Legion Post 94 Gets a New HomeSubmitted: 04/11/2013
Story By Lex Gray

American Legion Post 94 Gets a New Home
CRANDON - Moving into a new home can be exciting.

Thanks to a grant from the Home Depot, a group of Northwoods veterans got to move into their new home a whole year early.

American Legion Post 94 out of Crandon hasn't had a place to call home for 40 years.

The group bought a crumbling building on West Madison Avenue at the end of 2011.

They thought it would take until next year to finish.

But an $8,000 grant from Home Depot moved the project along faster.

First vice commander Trent Dufour says it's been something of a labor of love.

"This is going to give us a nice place to come," Dufour said. "Since we've been working on this, basically just the last two winters, we've probably drank 30 gallons of coffee, guys come in here just to see what's going on."

Ten volunteers from the Rhinelander Home Depot are helping finish the building.

They regularly donate and help out with projects that benefit veterans.

"It's all volunteers, we're all working off the clock," says assistant manager Jennifer Schmidt. "It means more to us because we are volunteering and we are helping out the community, so it's actually fun and rewarding at the same time."

Dufour says they'll start meeting in the new building in about two weeks.

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