BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck soup kitchen that serves the homeless is now itself looking for a home.

A Christian ministry has operated the Heaven's Helpers Soup Cafe in a converted gas station for six years. It now serves almost 200 people each day. Proprietor Mark Meier tells The Bismarck Tribune he was notified this month that his lease is being terminated at the end of May.

Property owner and former Bismarck mayor Marlan Haakenson says he's selling all of his commercial property in the area. He says his real estate agent advised him the property would be more attractive to potential buyers if the soup kitchen wasn't there.

Haakenson says he supports the Soup Cafe mission and is helping search for a new location.


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