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State VFW takes over Rapid City post after vote

RAPID CITY (AP) — South Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars officials have taken over management of the Rapid City post after a dispute over the financial future of the club.

The five board members of Post 1273 resigned earlier this week after club members voted against a motion to sell the building, which has a bar and restaurant.

Board member Doug Stulken told KOTA-TV he resigned because the VFW is going bankrupt and it’s too hard to manage. He said people no longer come to the club to eat and the maintenance and utility costs are piling up.

Rick Barg, state adjutant and quartermaster for the VFW, said the post, which is the second-largest in the state, has been placed under suspension in order to keep it open. He told KNBN-TV the club has been open for 70 years and likely in the top 20 in the nation for membership.

Barg said a few holiday functions will be held as scheduled in the next couple of weeks. An election will be scheduled to fill the five vacant board spots, he said.