A fire last Tuesday at 11 p.m. destroyed a vacant downtown building.
The fire was in the building next to the Pix Theater. Due to smoke and water damage the Pix Theater has announced it will be closed indefinitely. The Pix Theater board was going to meet with their insurance company this week. They appreciate the Winner community for their support of the theater and will keep the public posted on future developments.
The building that burned had been vacant for many years. The city owns the building and had plans to tear it down. The city has started to tear down the back part of the building.
The firemen were on the scene for 3.5 hours.
Fire chief Darin Nelson says the fire is still under investigation.
The building on Main Street has housed several business and has a rich history dating back to 1917. The first business was McCormick & Donohoe Groceries in 1917. From 1918-19 it was Krause General merchandise.
Dr. Quinn had an office in the building in 1919.
In 1920 it was owned by J. A. Krause and in 1921 was Lewis Sales.
From 1922-29 it was The Toggery and remained the Toggery until 1962. In 1963 to 1966 it was Hogrefe’s Toggery. In 1967 to 1970 Novak Shoes was the business in the building. From 1970-71 J&L Shoes was in the building. Sperling Shoes were in this building from 1971-79 Sperling’s Shoes was the main business with the Winner Chamber being in there for one year in 1974.
Sperling’s Shoes and Menswear was the business from 1980-87 when Flowers N’ Things became the primary business. The flower was in the building for 10 years.
Prairie Country Gallery was the business from 1998 to 2006. From 2000-2006 it was just call Prairie Gallery.
Dakota Wildlife Taxidermy was the last business to occupy the building that was from 2007-2008. Since then the building has been vacant until it was taken over by the city.