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Two Harbors Moose Lodge Asking for Donations to Stop IRS Auction

Ryan Juntti
Updated: October 09, 2018 07:19 PM

TWO HARBORS - The Moose Lodge is facing the possibility of being sold at auction if they are not able to raise enough money by Thursday.

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The club needs to raise $42,000 by Thursday to pay off an IRS loan or else it risks being put up for auction. 

This stems from a situation from 2007 to 2011 where a former administrator allegedly failed to turn in employment tax, according to Sue Bott, a member of the Moose. That person is no longer on the administration but the effects are still being felt.

"Unfortunately, the Moose Lodge is kind of a dying herd, and we're trying to keep it alive," said Bott.

By that, Bott is referring to keeping the Moose Lodge from being sold. It is a members only bar, and a place she calls home.

"This place has special meaning just to me," said Bott.

Members like Bott come to play bingo, darts, or just to enjoy a few drinks.

But this popular hangout spot is facing a possible auction by the IRS if enough money isn't raised by Thursday.

As of Tuesday, members have raised just under $30,000 with the help of the community to stop the auction.

"This community amazes me, and it brings goosebumps to me on how they step up and help out," said Bott.

But they still need more money and are running out of time. So they are asking for donations from the public.

And Bott says even the smallest amount can make the biggest difference.

"It's what people can give and what they can give back, and I think that's the important part just that they understand the love and support that this building has and what this fraternity has," said Bott. 

To help save a building that for Bott is more than just a bar.

"To this whole community it would mean so much just to know that we all support each other and we have each other's backs and I think that's the most important part," said Bott.

Bott says money will be returned to anyone that donates more than $500 if the Moose Lodge doesn't get enough money to pay off the IRS.

You can donate at: https://www.gofundme.com/save-our-two-harbors-moose-club

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Ryan Juntti

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