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Sunday, October 8, Anderson Brothers Construction of Lancaster, Minnesota, a subcontractor of Community Contractors, Grand Forks, demolished the former Electronics Solutions building in Hallock, Minnesota as part of phase one of American Federal Bank’s property improvement project in Hallock.

American Federal has owned the building for several years. It is adjacent to the bank’s parking lot and has housed a variety of businesses over the years, including a bakery, a grocery and a retail catalogue store.

The photo shows the rear of the Electronics building as it is being demolished.

In 2015, Hallock community leaders worked with a consultant to develop a three-year strategic plan to revitalize the downtown by moving businesses into empty viable buildings and razing buildings that are not viable.

“Removing the old electronics building was one of the community development initiatives,” said Paul Craigmile, Hallock Market President, American Federal Bank.

The hole in the ground left from removal of the old building’s cellar is being filled in and gravel will be compacted on the top six inches. “We will hard surface the vacant lot for additional parking downtown,” Craigmile said.

“The second phase of the project is to evaluate how we can expand our existing Sales Office in Hallock,” Craigmile explained. “One option is to re-locate our drive-up to a different side of the American Federal Bank building.  Another option is an addition to the bank.  We will review several floor plans to see how we can best create additional space for our clients and our employees.”

Four Sales Bankers and four Associates are housed in the current 2,200-square-foot Hallock Sales Office. “We are using every available space in the building,” Craigmile said. “As we’ve grown, we find we would like more private office space and a conference room to meet with clients.

In 1976, American Federal merged with the former Hallock Savings and Loan Association. In January of 1977, a Sales Office was opened in Hallock.  American Federal originally operated in Hallock at 118 Second Street Southeast.   Two and one-half years later, in June of 1979, American Federal finished construction of a new bank building at 157 South Second Street in Hallock, its current home.