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Published August 08, 2012, 04:50 PM

A Century-Old Building Demolished In Oslo, MN

A century-old building is coming down in Oslo, Minnesota... Making way for a brand new one. Salesmen and owners are a little nostalgic as they watch the Dahlstrom Motors building come tumbling down.

A century-old building is coming down in Oslo, Minnesota... Making way for a brand new one.

Salesman and owners are a little nostalgic as they watch the Dahlstrom Motors building come tumbling down.

Dahlstrom Motors will have a new office building, in part, because business has been booming.

The small town dealership has seen a lot of growth over the years and has added on to the building nearly a dozen times.

Since 1905 "going to work" for four generations of Dahlstroms has meant coming to this building each day.

"I think there's a lot of nostalgia when you got a building that your great grandfather started, your grandpa worked in and your father and uncle and a lot of their siblings have worked in," Salesman David Dahlstrom said.

Today, some of those memories came tumbling down.

"Business has been good so we're able to do this," Dahlstrom said.

Gaylord Solem has been a car salesman at Dahlstrom Motors for nearly 60 years... and has seen a lot of change.

"We used to sell 25 vehicles a month and now we're up to the 130 or 140 in there," Car Salesman Gaylord Solem said.

Over that time there has been nearly a dozen updates to the building, but it's time to start anew.

"We kind of knew about it for the last 2 years, so Chevrolet is basically forcing us to do it," Solem said.

"Mainly we just need a new building. Parts of the building have stood since 1905 and just been added onto. So, we're just trying to get a newer building to improve work flow and get a little bit better for our customers," Dahlstrom said.

Operations have moved across the street to the Showroom until the new building is finished. Salesman like Solem are excited to see this small-town dealership make some big changes.

"I think it'll be much nicer to sell something and be able to deliver it to the person and have a nice office to work out of," Solem said.

The new office building is expected to be finished in April.

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