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Historic Dance-Mor Ballroom set to reopen

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Nearly four years after shutting its doors a popular ballroom is set to reopen.Two couples bought the 85-year-old dance hall and are working to bring it back to life.

Rebekah and Nick Neuendorf and Joe and Meagan Ralston officially became co-owners of the ballroom this week. 

"We are all excited to hear music come out of it again, that's the main goal," said Nick Neuendorf, Dance-Mor co-owner.

Dance-Mor first opened in 1932 and closed in 2014. The ballroom has decades of history inside its doors.

"There are memories that last so deep for so many people...people that met their significant other here, who've met with friends here, who've had reunions, weddings, receptions, all sorts of different things like that," said Rebekah Neuendorf, Dance-Mor co-owner. "Those memories stick with you for a life time."

The owners are excited for new memories to be made.

"We hope to see lights, music, a lot happy faces, a lot of gatherings of friends that haven't seen each other in a long time or used to have those memories of coming here together and dancing for hours and just making new memories, new people too," said Rebekah.

The couples don't plan on changing too much, but plan to run a shuttle service to and from the ballroom.

"You don't want to change it a whole lot, just with all the history and all the nostalgia attached to building itself, but we do need to get in there and bring it into 2018 per say," said Nick.

They are hopeful it's a place everyone will come back to, even years after it closed.

"We hope people say, 'oh we know where to go, let's go to Dance-Mor, we've been there before," said Meagan Ralston, Dance-Mor co-owner.

The Ralston's are also DJ's and plan on performing at weddings and events held at Dance-Mor.

The owners hope to open by mid summer.

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