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A judge ordered the debt-ridden owner of St. Cloud's Press Bar to sell. Then it burned down.


JASON WACHTER – Special to the Star Tribune

Firefighters from St. Cloud, Sartell and Sauk Rapids battled a major fire at the Press Bar and Parlor in downtown St. Cloud on Feb. 17.

In November, a Stearns County judge ordered Andy Welsh to sell his St. Cloud business, the storied downtown Press Bar and Parlor, and split the money with his wife as part of their divorce agreement.

Three months later, the bar and 100-year-old building that housed it burned to a total loss, with damage estimates at $1 million, and this weekend police arrested Welsh on suspicion of arson.


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