LDS Church gives up interest in Ephraim Co-op to Ephraim City


Suzanne Dean




EPHRAIM—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has relinquished a minor ownership interest in the Ephraim Co-op to Ephraim City, Brant Hanson, Ephraim City manager, announced at a council meeting Nov. 2.
The church turned the historic building over to Ephraim City decades ago but retained contingent ownership.
When the city was looking into historic preservation grants several months ago, Hanson recommended against seeking grant money or investing city funds in improvements to the Co-op building until the city had 100 percent clear title.
Hanson said the church was “excited about what we’ve done to improve (the building) and don’t want to stand in the way” of further improvements.
The Co-op once house the Ephraim Co-operative Mercantile Institution, essentially the first general store in Ephraim, and was the first home of Snow College.