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'It was always fun': Arthur, N.D. barn lost to fire was known for its toe-tapping good times

Brian and Becky Johnson stand in the old barn Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, near Arthur, N.D., that has hosted dances, concerts and receptions since the 1950s. Brian is struggling with Parkinson's disease, so they decided to sell the farmstead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

In an Aug. 29, 2014 feature story in The Forum, reporter Robin Huebner profiled Brian and Becky Johnson, former owners of Johnson's Barn in Arthur, N.D.

The barn, which was renamed "Arthur's Barn," is now a total loss after a fire engulfed it Thursday afternoon, Oct. 26. 

Under Johnson's ownership, the barn would frequently host dances, country bands, rock musicians and wedding receptions.

It did so for more than 60 years, until Brian Johnson, 62, decided it would be best to put the historic barn up for sale after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"I would like somebody to continue it if they could," Johnson told Robin Huebner.

The barn would eventually be sold to Delon and Julie Cahoon of Casselton, N.D. in 2015 and be renamed Arthur's Barn.

Until today, the barn lived up to its historic reputation as a hot spot for concerts and dances.

You can click here to read Robin Huebner's report on Arthur's Barn, formerly Johnson's Barn.

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