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Whatever happened to the Dogpatch?


Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

The Dogpatch was a hotspot hangout many years ago, and that nostalgia has been preserved by current owners. Photo by Barb Jeffers

For many people in this area the mention of the Dogpatch in Troy, Minn. conjures up memories of times gone by. It also usually brings out the stories from locals who spent time there over the years.

Whether it was the dancing, food, beverages, or friends there was always a reason to go to the Dogpatch and patrons never failed to leave happy. There have been many proprietors in the history of Dogpatch, but in recent years it had been abandoned and was in desperate need of repair.

In 2010 the property was purchased by Scott Hanson and his wife, Denise Conway, as a “fun project” states the couple. Conway states that there is a lot of history in the building and she did not want to see it go to waste.

The remodeling project took about a year to complete. One major improvement which needed to be done first was the replacement of the floor in the dance hall located in the rear of the building as the floor had been ripped out at some point.

For those who remember the dance hall there is a bit of trivia some people may not know. The couple has been told that the dance hall was originally screened in like a huge porch and the walls were built later.

The over 3000 square foot building was kept as original as possible to retain the history and the feel of the Dogpatch but some modern improvements needed to be made.

There were no changes to the structure of the building but the interior was gutted with new electrical and plumbing work done throughout. A beautiful new wood ceiling was put in and new windows installed as well.

The floor in the bar portion of the building is still the original floor and the bar is the original as well. There are many other remnants of the past still remaining as you walk around and look.

When replacing windows that had been boarded up Hanson found a board which said “Red’s Dogpatch” and assume it hung in the bar at some point. Perhaps “Red” was the person who originally named the Dogpatch, but the couple is not sure. That sign now hangs above the original fireplace in the building.

While removing paneling there were old painted murals on the walls. Some were not able to be salvaged, but the couple managed to save one painting of “Daisy Mae” from the cartoon Li’l Abner. As far as the owners can tell the name Dogpatch came from the cartoon as it was the name of the town in the cartoon.
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Preston Sets Preliminary Levy

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council at their September 15 meeting unanimously passed a resolution setting the 2015 preliminary levy. The 2015 levy increase may be as much as 6.94 percent. In December when the final levy/budget is approved thi ..... 
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Rushford - Peterson discusses open meeting in preparation for forums

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

Due to several upcoming public forums, the R-P district has sought legal advice on regulations regarding to open meeting law. The district has been advised to follow protocol for published notice, as it does with board meetings, so regardless of whe ..... 
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Chatfield Brass Band Invites New Members

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
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The Chatfield Brass (and woodwind) Band invites new members to join the group as they begin their fall rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Chatfield Elementary School band room. The first rehearsal is on Thurs ..... 
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“Ask a Trooper”

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

By Troy Christianson Question: How long does a person have to change their driver’s license address? Answer: It depends on the circumstance. I will name off some situations. If you’re already living in Minnesota and move to a new address in t ..... 
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State Gains 6,100 Jobs in August

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 6,100 jobs in August, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The August gains, combined with July figures that were ..... 
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KSMQ-TV Wins Emmy Award for “The Typist”

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

AUSTIN, Minn.—KSMQ Public Television, the PBS television station serving southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa, is the winner of an Upper Midwest Emmy®Award for its program chronicling the life of a Minnesota World War II veteran. At the ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

Recently, there seems to be a bit of a chill in the air. A few trees are starting to show their brilliant colors. Birds are beginning to migrate south. It’s September, summer is more or less over, autumn is here, and the fall Household Hazardou ..... 
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Houston discusses MNVA enrollment and proposed levy certification

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

The Houston School Board held a meeting on September 16. At the meeting Superintendent Krin Abraham gave an update on the facilities improvements that have been made to the school in the last several weeks. The last part of the upgrades include sta ..... 
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