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Owner of historic Moose Club in Hibbing speaks on loss of building

9/22/20 UPDATE: Mike Egan's Pub next to the Moose Club in Hibbing will soon be re-opening.

Mike's Pub will open again on Friday, September 25 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. according to their Facebook page.

The pub was closed due to damage from the Moose Club fire that happened in September.

HIBBING, MN-- It' been a devastating week for Mike Egan.

"It's been very stressful. They've put me in the ambulance already. I have a pacemaker and it went wacky so they put me on an EKG. I've had a lot of anxiety, a lot of stress," Egan said.

Two and a half years ago Egan bought the historic Moose club in downtown Hibbing.

On Tuesday he lost it in a fire.

"Everyday, every minute it sinks in further and I realize what I'm losing with that building," Egan said.

The Moose Club is a staple in Hibbing and something Egan worked hard to make accessible to all.

"When I purchased the building the first thing that came to mind was let's see what we can do to get the community involved. So we opened it up as an event center," Egan said.

That event center was gone in the blink of an eye on Tuesday along with some of Egan's other business ventures.

"A lot of hard work, a lot of time, a lot of effort was gone in a half-hour basically when that roof collapsed," Egan said.

While the building may never return, Egan has thought about some plans for the building.

"I don't see this building being re-constructed. I see it coming down. That's just based on what I've seen you got six feet of water in the basement and a collapsed roof," Egan said.

While the building may never be what it once was, Egan has some ideas on what could replace the sight should the building come down.

"It'll be something for the community and coincide with the restaurant," Egan said.

Moving up north from the Twin Cities years ago, Egan said the community he now calls home has stepped up in a time when he needs it most.

"When I first came up here they told me you will never be a ranger you will never be accepted as a ranger. So go to work do your job and you'll be fine. I've found that's not true people will step up people will help that is the way the community is," Egan said.

Egan also owns Mike's Pub which sustained some damage in the fire.

He hopes to have it up and running in the next couple of weeks.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

John Cardinale

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