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Malheur County veterans organization ready to move into new digs

Doug Dean, a member of Veterans Advocates of Ore-Ida, talks about his organization's upcoming open house set for May 18 in Ontario. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – Two years ago during an epic series of snowstorms, Ron Verini watched years of planning and work vanish when the roof to a building housing the Veterans Advocates of Ore-Ida collapsed.

Verini, chairman and president of the local non-profit, faced a choice as he scanned the destroyed roof and the damage to the building at 180 W. Idaho Ave. He could rebuild or start over somewhere else.

For Verini his choice was easy.

“The fact the main building collapsed was a blessing in disguise,” said Verini.

Verini and the board members of Veterans Advocates of Ore-Ida decided to build a new building and . . .