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Jessie Street Java fills your cup and a calling


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

(L-R) Kila, Amy, Kevin, and Zoe Feller of Jessie Street Java. Photo by Peggi Redalen

Stepping into Jessie Street Java in Rushford, Minn., it’s hard to pinpoint what comes over you first; the tantalizing smells, the enticing rural chic atmosphere, or the comfortable feeling that you’re home. Both eclectic and colorful, with a modern coolness, the business has the town brewing with excitement following nine months of extensive renovations that kept the windows covered and the public guessing.

The café didn’t formally announce their opening, opting instead for a subtle, early morning flickering of the new ‘open sign’ this past Monday, April 14. “We didn’t want a rush. We don’t want to give our customers poor service or quality,” noted owner Amy Feller. Neither must be lacking, as the place was brimming with enthusiastic customers its first week.

The café’s beginnings go back more than 18 months, to a unique calling of the Feller family. “We feel called to have this as a youth outreach,” adds Amy. “We have two teenage daughters and there’s not a niche in town for that demographic to hang out.”

Originally, the plan was for a kiosk located at an established site in town. Embarking on their independent studies of traffic flow, exit/entry, and location, the Fellers discovered all the recommended sites were unsuitable choices. Last year, driving past the building, the family was struck by the idea of the contract for deed sale, a low risk option. With plan in hand, the family purchased the building in July 2013.

A series of setbacks initially proved daunting, but eventually came to represent an even greater opportunity. Just one month after purchasing the building, the tenant of the upstairs apartment notified them of their plans to move out, a move that would drastically cut the income generated by the building. “Looking back, it was totally on God’s timing,” enthuses Amy. “If we hadn’t had the tenant leave, we couldn’t have renovated the apartment space. We would have generated only half the income.” Fully renovating the upstairs, the Fellers designed two, modern apartments, one two-bedroom and one-three bedroom, both of which were quickly leased. “More and more was revealed to us the deeper we got into the project. We were comfortable with it. It seemed like the right thing to do.”

The weather also set the project launch date further and further back. Painting the bland exterior a dramatic brown and blue, in the dark and at 34 degre .....
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Annual Fundraiser for ArtHaus on May 2nd

Thu, Apr 24th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

ArtHaus will host its Sixth Annual Art Auction on Friday, May 2nd at T-Bock’s Upstairs. The event is widely anticipated for its impressive array of original artwork, offered in live and silent auction, to raise money for the ArtHaus Youth Scholars ..... 
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Artists Invited to Enter National Exhibition at Vesterheim

Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa—Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, invites artists to enter their pieces in the museum’s annual “National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition.” This exhibition of original woodw ..... 
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Carol Marie Hadoff

Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Carol Marie Hadoff, 52, of Chatfield, Minn., died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her family, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Carol Vitse was born on July 7, 1961 in Lanesboro, Minn., the daughter of Wa ..... 
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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Children’s Museum of La Crosse welcomes all Mothers with FREE admission Sunday, May 11, Noon-5:00 pm La Crosse, WI—Don’t let spring showers (or snow!?) ruin your Mother’s Day plans. Spend your quality, Mother’s Day time indoors at the ..... 
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New Hours, Tours, and May Baskets at Vesterheim on Free First Thursday

Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — Celebrate the beginning of spring with new open hours, guided tours, and May baskets on Free First Thursday at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center. On May 1, Vesterheim will be open with free ad ..... 
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Minar O. Therneau

Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Minar O. Therneau, age 88, of Spring Valley, Minn. died Saturday April 19, 2014 at his home. Minar Otis Therneau was born on June 1, 1925, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Otis and Emily (Bussell) Therneau. He lived with his parents and his brother Glod ..... 
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April 23 is National Lost Dog Awareness Day

Mon, Apr 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

On April 23, the U.S. will celebrate its first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day (NLDAD)! Created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie – directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, respectively – the canine-centric holiday aims ..... 
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Area farmers’ markets promote local in southeast Minnesota/northeast Iowa

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Shop local. Dine local. Buy local. The energy behind the movement of supporting what’s in our own backyards is massive and it doesn’t appear to be slowing any time soon. Americans are tired of not knowing what’s in a product or where it comes f ..... 
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