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Published November 01, 2010, 10:24 AM

Community rallies around New York Mills meat locker plant devastated by fire

New York Mills, Minn. (WDAY TV) - With just days to go before the big deer opener, a New York Mills Minnesota family says the timing couldn't be better. Whitman and Amanda Briard were devastated when fire swept through their butcher shop and locker plant three months ago.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

It was a total loss. And the family had just spent thousands remodeling the business, but in small-town fashion, the community rallied around the family and today the Briards started working in their new business-home.

Plumbers, electricians, and more crowded the Mills Locker Plant in New York Mills today, all trying to get things ready for this coming weekend, when hundreds of hunters bring in their deer.

“A lot of air flow and they move to other coolers.”

Today, Whitman Briard just three months after losing his butcher shop business in a fire in July walked us through his new locker plant located just yards from the old business.

WHITMAN BRIARDMills Locker Plant: “The profit you make is from October, November, and December and if you don't make that, you might as well wait.”

And with the opening of the butcher shop comes a handful of new job which is good for Main Street.

“The town is so small; 8-10 people make a difference.”

Workers are already butchering and cutting meat for customers. A little practice before all the deer start rolling in this weekend.

AMANDA BRIARDMills Locker Plant: “It is exciting to finally get up and going again too.”

The phone has been ringing off the hook and not fun to turn them away at the front door so now we can take them.