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BOZEMAN — Bozeman Mayor Jeff Krauss says the American Legion in Bozeman led the way in rebuilding after a natural-gas explosion leveled half a block of downtown.

On Thursday, Gallatin Legion Post 14 held its grand opening while also celebrating Veterans Day.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Krauss presented Legion Commander Len Albright with a check for $30,000 in city economic development funds to help pay for the new two-story building.

The Legion missed out on stimulus money made available to building owners affected by the March 2009 blast that also killed a woman. The federal funds required environmental reviews to be completed before any construction, but the Legion had already broken ground.

Albright says the Legion also received an anonymous $10,000 donation this week.

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