9/21/2017 3:06:00 PM North Branch Fall Harvest Festival;
the rumor mill is churning along
Thanks to the wonderful people who worked so hard to make sure Shafer Days and Apple Fest were such great events. The weather was a bit overcast on Shafer Days but that didn’t deter anyone from having a great time. Sunday, the sun came out for a beautiful day to hold Apple Fest. Once again the crowds were immense and the food was great. what a great community we have here. Think about it, in most communities you would have one celebration to enjoy, here we have over ten we get to enjoy all year round.
Speaking of events, the City of North Branch would like to invite you and your family to the annual Fall Harvest Festival. The festival is a super-relaxed atmosphere where you are free to come and go as you please. There is a beer and wine tasting at the Chisago County Senior Center on Friday night. On Saturday there is a great car show at Anderson Koch Ford that runs until 2 p.m. There is a 5K that supports a great cause (kids with traumatic brain injuries) that begins at the North Branch High School at 10 a.m. The golf course is holding a scramble on Saturday that also begins at 10 a.m. Saturday evening there is a movie in the park featuring the movie “Sing” at 7 p.m. in Central Park. All day there will be vendors in the park along with food, crafts, a silent auction and games.
Sunday you are invited to the Legion for their popular omelet breakfast and St Gregory’s invites you to their booya feed that starts at 11 a.m.
Grab the kids and spend some time looking for the hidden treasure. find it and come home with a cold $250. So over the weekend I was approached by no fewer than five people who came up to me and told me that I am selling the Press. My reaction was the same to all of them... "I am?....Am I getting a good deal?" It was met with a quizzical look by all. Nonetheless, I need to set the story straight.
Let's start at the beginning. As many of you know who drive the Highway 8 corridor, that Meredee's (the Dinnerbel building) is for sale. It has been for quite a long time. Sure, every once in a while you will get the rumors that a high rise is coming in and like our summer days, they are quickly gone. This happened for years, until about a couple of months ago. A legitimate developer has come along with a plan and an offer that has satisfied Dianne, the owner of the Dinnerbel. The developer also has interest in a few parcels of land that are abutting the Dinnerbel property. One of those is the Press building.
I never considered moving or relocating, but the developer, if it works out, would like this property too. But this being a small town, that has a few individuals who love to be the first to tell people gossip, has transformed this from into us potentially looking for a new building to operate out of to "Matt is flat-out selling his business.” It's comical and frustrating at the same time. Luckily for me, I have this vehicle to set the record straight. So am I selling? The building - maybe. The business - no (emphatically). Next week it will be Matt has a martian baby...
That reminds me of a funny story when we first moved here from Red Wing in 1978.
Some friends of my dad in Red wing were invited up to watch the Vikings game. A group of 10 or so of them came up while we were at church. After church we were driving to Spree Market to pick up some donuts when we drove past the Press.
Here my dad’s friends had wrapped the entire Press building with rolls of newspaper and written in huge letters Going Out of Business. My dad whipped a U- turn right in busy traffic on Highway 8 and jumped out of the car before it was stopped. He ran up to the paper and ripped the paper off the building swearing as he was ripping.
His friends emerged from across the street laughing. Let’s just say is was a pretty quiet football party...