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Slice of heaven for new owner of Aroma Pie Shoppe


Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Features

On a bike ride through beautiful bluff country, Karna Hudoba found a slice of heaven she now calls her own.

While camping in Lanesboro, Minn. in August of 2015, Karna and her husband, Pat, along with two other couples went for a bike ride on the Root River State Trail through Whalan, Minn., and as they did so her friend saw a for sale sign on the Aroma Pie Shoppe and said “Hey Karna, look at that, it’s for sale,” in a joking manner.

The group rode on to Peterson, Minn., for what Hudoba describes as a “fabulous” lunch. When they wheeled into Whalan on the return trip, they stopped for a piece of pie.

As Hudoba sat and enjoyed her delicious piece of pie, she saw the charm and character that the pie shoppe has to offer. Also, with daughter Josephine, 19, in college and son Henry, 17, graduating this year, she thought about buying the business but “I didn’t say anything to anybody, not even my husband” as she mulled over the idea.

On the way home to East Bethel, Minn., Hudoba spoke with her husband about the possibility of purchasing the pie shoppe. The couple agreed the pros outweighed the cons and went forward with the purchase.

“My husband and I were looking at another business up where we lived,” said Hudoba, but says they ran into road block after road block, they decided it wasn’t meant to be and Hudoba says that “when something like this falls into your lap” you have to know that “I was guided here for a reason”.

Since purchasing the business on April 15, 2016, Hudoba has been busy “sprucing up” the pie shoppe, she says, explaining she wants to add her own touches to make it her own.

The restroom was re-done and other touches added to give the space a “rustic farmhouse chic-y kind of a vibe,” says Hudoba. The tables on the porch were resurfaced and adorable chairs were added that accent the tables perfectly.

She has help from family with painting and decorating, including her mother, Audrey and sister, Shestin who have moved to Minnesota from Indiana. The two are in Whalan helping out on a part-time basis until Hudoba gets settled in to her new role as business owner.

Hudoba’s daughter, a swimmer with Moorhead College, will also be working at the pie shoppe.

Hudoba’s first day open as the owner of Aroma Pie Shoppe was Saturday, May 14, 2016 and she says area residents an .....
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Local dealer for Old Hickory buildings

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Features

While driving through Preston, Minn. on Highway 52, there is something new catching the eye of local residents. Preston Auto Parts/Napa/Root River Hardware in Preston, Minn. is now carrying the Old Hickory line of storage barns, sheds, portable ..... 
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Gophers Repeat TRC West Title

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Sports

Chatfield softball repeated a big accomplishment. On the strength of a six-run sixth, the Gophers downed PEM 9-2 (Hailee Stock 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Lexi Chase 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, Win). They then beat Dover-Eyota 9-1 in game one ..... 
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Library Legacy Community Collaboration grants SELCO awards grants for library projects throughout region

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Arts & Culture

ROCHESTER, MN – SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) is announcing the recipients of Legacy Community Collaboration grants. Libraries receiving grants are the Zumbrota Public Library, Preston Public Library, Northfield Public Library, Austin ..... 
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Fillmore Central accepts Boots & Badges donations from American Legion and VFW

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on May 24 at 6 p.m. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved along with the district bills. Principal Heath Olstad reported that the local banks are continui ..... 
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Fillmore Central accepts Boots & Badges donations from American Legion and VFW

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on May 24 at 6 p.m. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved along with the district bills. Principal Heath Olstad reported that the local banks are continui ..... 
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Fillmore Central accepts Boots & Badges donations from American Legion and VFW

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on May 24 at 6 p.m. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved along with the district bills. Principal Heath Olstad reported that the local banks are continui ..... 
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Roof options for Preston City Hall

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the May 16 Preston City Council meeting, options to repair and/or replace the roof on city hall was discussed. Architect Terry Grubbs had given estimates for needed exterior work on the building, which he suggested be completed in three phases. T ..... 
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First Ag Tourism Business to be permitted

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

At the May 19 Planning Commission meeting, a public hearing was held to consider an application for a conditional use permit under the new ordinance amendment permitting Agricultural Tourism Businesses, Section 739. Todd Juzwiak, Dream Acres in Fi ..... 
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