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Two Wheaton firefighters climb through the collapsed debris of the D-Bar and Grill after it burned Monday, destroying a neighboring building and damaging others in this rural community of roughly 1,600 people. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Edito

Fire destroys landmark Wheaton bar

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WHEATON, Minn. - 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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