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Generous Elves Will Revive Santa's Workshop in UP after Fire

Generous Elves Will Revive Santa's Workshop in UP after Fire

Updated: August 30, 2019 05:31 PM

ISHPEMING, Mich. (AP) - Santa's Workshop in the Upper Peninsula will be rebuilt after a devastating fire, thanks to the generosity of the public, especially a former Ishpeming resident with warm childhood memories.

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The Mining Journal reports that Tim Easterwood of suburban Detroit is giving $15,000 to rebuild the small structure. He hopes the community's response might turn the unknown arsonist "in the right direction."

Authorities say a fire last weekend probably was intentionally set. The workshop has been open in Ishpeming on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, giving families a place to visit Santa Claus. Holiday decorations stored inside the building were also destroyed.

High school and college students will rebuild the workshop and trailer. Brett Anttila, a longtime workshop volunteer, says "it's going to be bigger and better."

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Information from: The Mining Journal

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