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Dave Olson, Published September 10 2007

Iconic bar closes in downtown Fargo

An iconinc bar in downtown Fargo has served its last schooner of beer.

Jim Lauerman’s Chili, Sandwiches & Beer closed its doors for good at the end of business early Sunday morning.

A message found taped to the front door Monday read:

“After 25 years in business, Jim Lauerman’s bar has closed it(s) door as of Sept. 9, 2007.

“The Lauerman family would like to thank all of our customers for their patronage! Wally, Mike and Kristen Lauerman.”

Attempts to reach the bar’s operators were not successful.

Founder Jim Lauerman opened the bar at 64 Broadway in 1982.

When Lauerman died in 2004, his daughter Greta, and son, Mike, took over the business.

Another son, Wally, was also a co-owner.

Jim Lauerman’s No. 2 Saloon, at 2410 Great Northern Drive in Fargo, closed in 2005 after 11 years of operation.

At the time, Greta Lauerman said the family was taking the step so it could concentrate on its downtown business.

Read Tuesday’s Forum for more details.