Members of the Joplin Elks Lodge that was destroyed in the 2011 tornado are holding a grand reopening.
The Joplin Globe reports that the lodge is holding its grand reopening Saturday, nearly 20 months after the May 2011 tornado destroyed the lodge, scores of other Joplin buildings and killed 161 people, including four people who were at the lodge.
The Elks have been meeting in a large garage on the lodge property. But with the help of insurance and donations, members broke ground on the new $2.7 million lodge a year ago.
KSMU's Missy Shelton contributed reporting for this story.
A commencement address from President Barack Obama capped a difficult year for the Joplin High School class of 2012.
An EF-5 tornado struck the southwestern Missouri town a year ago today, killing 161 people and injuring hundreds more. The storm destroyed five school buildings, including the high school. Students attended their senior year classes in a converted big box store.