River Inn Bar Undefeated by the Flood

By KBJR News 1

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM CDT

The destructive flooding last week caused many businesses to close their doors. But for one bar in Scanlon, owners have taken their misfortune and turned it, inside out.

The flood poured through the River Inn Bar causing a complete loss, but the only thing pouring now, are the drinks.

"You know why don't we put something outside, and Randy said well I've got all the equipment for us to put it outside," says Bar Manager Kelly Severson, "So between about four of us we've managed to get this up and running and it's been a parking lot party I guess you could say."

This parking lot party started on Tuesday and now opens every day at 3 o'clock. But, if you can't wait, you might get a little dirty.

"If you show up early, Kelly is gonna put you to work, and hand you a pair of gloves and a rag and wipe something down and come back out and have a beer," says Severson.

Longtime customers have been working around the clock and donating supplies to rebuild their favorite hometown bar.

"It's great that Randy has got all the volunteers from the community helping clean up and get things going again. It's such a muddy mess," say customers, Gracia and Jerry.

Though the walk in may be a little mucky, the River Inn is hoping to move back inside next week.

"Ultimately I'd like to open the doors on Monday. I guess this is our way of saying we're not gonna let a little rain stop us from having a good time," says Severson.

"I think this is great it just, it shows a lot of initiative of them ya know, they're gonna, they're gonna make it no matter what," says Cloquet resident, Terry Brink.

Bar Management says if it weren't for the volunteers, they would still be far off from reopening their doors.

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