Questions linger in rubble


By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

VALE - The IOOF Building, once home to the Golden Slipper, sits in a pile of rubble, surrounded by a fence to keep the public safe.

Tangled in the heap is a stack of unpaid taxes and government invoices that no one’s sure who will pay.

Officials from both the county and the city are currently working on a plan to clean up the land and sell it or sell the property and leaving to the new owner the job of removing the rubble.

The building collapsed Monday, Jan. 23, just hours after city officials taped it off over safety concerns. Officials then leveled what remained of the two-story structure, creating a tall mound in the heart of Vale.

The Vale City Council . . .