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Firefighters respond to a blaze Monday at D-Bar & Grill in Wheaton. A fire started in the bar and spread to an adjoining building. AP Photo/ Wheaton Gazette, Jim Smoger

Landmark bar, arcade burns


WHEATON -- Todd Schmitz said his sister-in-law had no idea what sparked the massive blaze that burned her bar and arcade business to the ground and gutted a former jewelry store here Monday.

But one thing was certain, he said: Even with insurance, it will be "very difficult" to rebuild D-Bar and Grill in sparsely populated Traverse County, which has lost more than half its residents since 1960, according to the latest U.S. Census estimate.

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.