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The Story

The barn burned in an accidental fire October 26, 2017. The community is rallying and we are on the mend...and with the help of donors, the barn is being rebuilt.

Delon and Julie purchased the property early in 2015 and have been running barn dances ever since. They are hardworking are not ones to ask for favors. If it weren't for the passion for the dances and legacy of the barn, they would have probably just let it go. They could have increased the fee or started charging high prices for food and drinks, but they chose to keep everything affordable for students. In short, they are not rebuilding for themselves, they are rebuilding for the "kids". 

If you have ever attended a dance, you have seen Delon listening to every kid (and those of older generations) telling their stories about coming to the barn. There are endless stories of engagements and of those who have traveled far just to see what it's all about. (They even had two show up the night after the barn burnt down...so they sat with them and talked awhile.)

The bands that play at Arthur's Barn have been coming their for many years. They know this audience and have been a huge factor in the success of the dances. From the moment those kids walk in the door and until the last song is played, they are swing dancing and line dancing like nobody's business. 

If you were ever on the hunt to find someone qualified to rebuild the barn, you'd find Delon. He worked for Olaf Anderson for about 25 years (on several very large buildings in our community--including the Scheels Arena in Fargo, the Aerospace Center in Grand Forks, and the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls). We thank everyone for their support.