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Former Fastenal building takes a short trip

Randy Jonas, left, the owner of Ehrlichmann Structural Movers, made preparations Wednesday morning to move the former Fastenal Building to a temporary location. Jonas and his crew will be taking the 50x100 foot steel building up First Street NW in the near future to the a permanent location. Brian Hansel/Pioneer Journal1 / 2
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A moving project by Ehrlichmann Structural Movers took the former Fastenal building in Wadena to a new but temporary site last Wednesday, May 9, just west of its former home.

The Clarissa moving firm took the 5,000-square foot, 80-ton steel structure off its foundation to make way for work by Jake Houle Excavating of Little Falls.

Randy Jonas, the owner of Ehrlichmann Movers, anticipates moving the building to its new home within the next two weeks.

The effort expended in moving the building is part of a ground-clearing project underway along U.S. Highway 10 in Wadena. Houle and his crew have already taken down several structures along the busy east-west traffic corridor. The ground-clearing work done in 2018 will pave the way for a rebuilding of Highway 10 and surrounding infrastructure within the city limits of Wadena in 2019.

Leading the $8.8 million highway project is the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). In addition to fixing the crumbling Highway 10 highway, the project is expected to improve the safety and flow of traffic.

The building's present owners are a group of private investors with Wadena ties, according to Craig Folkestad, an officer in The Gores Company.

"The people that are involved hated to see it destroyed," Folkestad said.

Folkestad said plans are in the works for the building to be moved to the 200 block of North Jefferson. The future uses of the building are still being determined. Folkestad said the Gores Company will be handling the leasing of the building to future renters.