- Associated Press - Sunday, February 2, 2014

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) - A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in the northern Illinois community of Freeport sustained a devastating fire in early November. But the VFW Post has a new kitchen and will be ready to reopen in time for a Valentine’s Day event for members.

The (Freeport) Journal-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/1fxfhR4 ) that new kitchen appliances and range hoods have been installed. The post’s restaurant will again be open to the public by later this month with a new food vendor hired to run it.

Trustee Tom Klemm says the fire, which started in the kitchen’s deep fryer, caused the post to lose thousands of dollars in revenue from its supper club during the closure.

The VFW Post has nearly 400 members and has operated at its current site for more than 75 years.

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Information from: The Journal-Standard, http://www.journalstandard.com/jshome.taf