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Fargo American Legion post members vote to sell building

The Gilbert C. Grafton American Legion Post 2 is considering selling this building in downtown Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Members of Fargo's American Legion post voted Tuesday night in a straw ballot to sell their building in downtown Fargo.

Many details have yet to be worked out, and Gilbert C. Grafton Post 2 expects to hold a formal vote on the matter in about two weeks, said Robert Jacobson, post commander.

The post operates a club in its building at 505 3rd Ave. N.

About 50 post members "voted overwhelmingly" in the straw ballot to sell the building, which is larger than the post needs, he said.

Jacobson said he didn't have a vote tally.

The vote reflects the poor economy and declining business at the post's club, he said.

It's unclear what the post will do if it does sell the building.

"It's all up in the air," he said. "We just don't know what's going to happen."

One possibility is looking for a new, smaller location away from downtown, he said.

"Downtown is kind of pricey," he said.

The post previously considered closing the club in 2004.

At that time, a call to close the club failed by a single vote, Michael Haugen, second vice commander of the post told The Forum previously.

Since then, business at the club has continued to decline, and the case to sell the building has become stronger, Jacobson said.

The post has about 1,300 members, although many live outside the Fargo-Moorhead area, he said