American Legion unveils new look to public

Wednesday, July 27, 2022
(Sentinel Photo by Kim Fickett) American Legion Wasmer Post 241 Commander Nick Hanson sits in the recently renovated bar section of the Le Mars legion hall. The project was recently completed thanks to the help of many local businesses and donors, as well as legion members and the community.

LE MARS — A year after the idea to start a special floor renovation fund was born at the American Legion Wasmer Post 241, the members recently revealed the new look to the community.

“The idea for the renovation came about when Past Post Commander Dan Plueger set up the floor fund,” said Wasmer Post 241 Commander Nick Hanson. “It took us a long time and a lot of generosity from different organizations throughout our community to raise the money to get the floor project moving and get it to where we’re at today.”

A Community-Wide Project

Hanson said it was thanks to donors giving anywhere from $500 to $2,000 that made the project come to fruition.

“There were a variety of different people and organizations who made this renovation possible,” Hanson stated.

A Project in a Project

With the funding secure, legion members, along with several good samaritans, stepped forward to prep the space for construction.

“Being in an old building we knew we had some utility problems we decided to address those issues before we put in this beautiful floor,” Hanson stated.

Those issues meant busting up concrete in the bathrooms and store room, replacing fixtures, making the bathrooms handicap accessible, as well as updating the building’s plumbing.

In total, Hanson estimates the renovation at $45,000.

“We have the funding secured for the flooring portion of the project, and now we are hoping with the raffle of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated by Total Motors that we can secure the rest of the portion to cover utility repairs,” Hanson said.

The new flooring was installed by Hardware Hank, and Langel’s Plumbing handled the plumbing updates.

“I’d like to thank Total Motors, Langel’s Plumbing, Hardware Hank and the community in general for their big support. We could not have made this happen without their support and numerous other donors that helped with the project,” Hanson said.

“The carpet we had in here prior was stained and in bad shape and it gave our organization not the look we wanted our patrons to see right when they walked in the floor.

“So now we’re brightened up and it’s a good place to come hang out. The updates to the new utilities will help us to better serve our customers and give them a good experience,” Hanson concluded.

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