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Historic building torn down after EF-1 tornado in McGregor

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McGREGOR (KWWL) -

A piece of Iowa's history is closing its chapter after an EF-1 tornado hit the town of McGregor. The historic Goedert Meat Market in McGregor, which stood for more than a century, was demolished Thursday afternoon. 

It's been nearly early a week since an EF-1 tornado hit McGregor and there are still visible signs the community is dented. Despite the devastation, people in McGregor are proving they're not broken. For the past week, they've been cleaning up and saying goodbye. 

McGregor not only said goodbye to a piece of their Main Street, but a deep-rooted symbol of the city's history when the Goedert Meat Market was demolished Thursday.   

What used to stand as the Antique Mall, dates all the way back to when it served as the Goedert Meat Market built in 1890. Since then, the building had been beautifully preserved and on the National Register of Historic Places. 

As the demolition continued, many in town couldn't help but stop and watch. One of those onlookers was DJ Corson, who didn't leave her seat all day. Because for her, it's more than just a historic building.

"In the space of time, it's the memories that we'll hang onto, not the stuff," said Corson. 

Corson's mother-in-law, Barbara Corson, owned and operated the former antique shop. The building had stood against time for five generations of the Corsons. 

"You know Reed's parents, and then us, and then our children's children, and so we'll miss it a lot," said Corson. 

Crews worked for hours, but it wasn't a typical demolition, because as they've been going through, they were also unraveling history. Each time crews spotted something amidst the rubble, they stopped. 

Corson's husband, Reid, discovered an antique Red Wing crock, one of two that they were able to salvage. 

"You know to know the demolition people, they stop and say-'It breaks our heart to break those crocks, get those out of here,'" said Corson. "We found our money box from our shop that was hidden in the oven and when he got to that part he said 'come get it'-it's just the connection and working together. And there is tears and there's smiles and there is memories-all of it makes up McGregor. "

Pieces of brick from the building were also kept throughout the demolition, and will be held as a keepsake for family. 

As for Corson's in-laws, she says they gave the shop "their all" and they'll be turning the page on their next chapter. 

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