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      Township applies for grant to restore Republic State Bank

      Big changes could soon be on the way for the old Republic State Bank.

      The township is applying for a $200,000 DNR trust grant to restore the building built in 1921. Throughout the years it's been somewhat neglected.

      Currently, local artists are using the building to display and sell their crafts. The township wants it restored to its original glory with a hammer tin ceiling, and marked as a historical site.

      It's also going to serve as the Iron Ore Heritage Trail kiosk.

      "After all these years of having such a barren, eye sore of an entrance to a town it's just so gratifying to me to see these different activities coming about," says Township Supervisor Gary Johnson. "It just makes a community look so much better."

      They're still awaiting approval of the grant.