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Siouxland bar opens just in time for the Super Bowl

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SANBORN, Iowa (KTIV)- Super Bowl parties take a lot of planning, but none quite as much as the planning it takes to open a brand new business.
"I talked to my husband, we had a long conversation, and I'm like, okay. Ready to invest the retirement?," Kelli Van Gelder, owner of Rails Bar said.
Rails Bar in Sanborn, Iowa has been in the works for almost a year now. As the team repure-purposedold building to become one of the few public venues in Sanborn, they ran into a few problems.
"When you remodel an old building, you run into all kinds of things. So we were just chatting, and we were like, okay, we have to have a date. I said, 'guys, we have to be open for the big game," Van Gelder said.
Kelli Van Gelder used her knowledge from years of bartending and waitressing to push through the project. 
The help she got from craftsman Marv DeVries didn't hurt, either.
"I came down here to get some measurements, and they were still struggling with tearing things apart. She said, 'Can you help me for a few days?' And that was probably the second week in August," Marv DeVries, bar craftsman said.
Alongside his 43 foot hand-crafted bar, Marv put in an actual rail from the town's famed railroads of days past. He pulled it right out of Kelli's handmade mural to sit by the feet of the customers. 
Marv says it was the project of a lifetime.
"It's special. Not everybody gets to do that, you know? Even if you're capable of doing it, you seldom get the chance. I saw the chance, and I wanted to do it," DeVries said.
While getting everything done before the Super Bowl was a little stressful, Kelli and her team say it was all worth it to have a place for the community of Sanborn to come together for the big game.
"We're trying to be a positive impact. Some people look at an establishment that sells alcohol in kind of a negative light, but we want it to be positive and really touch the community," Van Gelder said.
And as business keeps chugging along, they hope to do just that. 
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