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Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn coming to Lanesboro


Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Pat and Karla Shanahan are the owners of Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn located in Lanesboro, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

A new business in Lanesboro is creating a lot of excitement in town as an old building gets a new (old) look. The proprietors of Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn will have a meet-and-greet during the Buffalo Bill Days celebration coming up August 1, 2, and 3, 2014 to have a chance to meet the community and let people know what their business will entail when it officially opens in spring 2015.

Owners Pat and Karla Shanahan have purchased the former Olivia’s Attic building which sits on a corner of the main town square. The Shanahan’s have been busy since buying the brick building on June 4, 2014 and have started making improvements to bring the building back to what it once was.

Pat, also known as “Rooster,” was a firefighter in the Marines and then became a Rochester firefighter. After 25 years of fighting fires he retired at the end of June and is ready to begin his new career alongside his wife.

The couple knew they wanted to open a business after Pat retired and had looked in other towns for a building to purchase but were drawn to Lanesboro because Pat said it has a lot more to offer. One of the things that the couple appreciates is the historic aspect of the town and Karla noted that it is important to them to preserve the historic building, built in 1876, to honor its history.

Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn will carry motorcycle accessories including clothing, leather jackets, chaps, sunglasses, bags, and other swag that motorcyclists can use but the inventory will not be just for those riding cycles as there will be items that will interest everyone.

The Shanahans also plan to have three or four cool motorcycles for sale in the Iron Horse. Pat said, “They will be rare motorcycles that you don’t see every day.” He hopes to be able to showcase local builders and designers talents as Lanesboro is an “Art Town” the couple would like to highlight local artists’ work on the bikes they sell. They will not be a dealership but will sell the bikes they display in their business.

The bottom level of the three story building will house a “bargain basement” of sorts selling used gear in quality condition. Patrons may find just what they are looking for in the basement and save themselves a few bucks in the process.

The top floor of the building will be the train-themed inn, complete with four hotel rooms and a gathering spot for those stayi .....
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SMIF grant deadline approaching

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Tim Penny Each year, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awards approximately $1 million in grants to schools, communities, and nonprofits in order to strengthen early childhood programming and economic development efforts throughout ..... 
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Minimum wage increase will help families, communities

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

By Ken Martin, chairman, Minnesota DFL People earning a minimum wage are people we depend on to care of our children and our elderly and disabled family members, yet they do not make enough money to care for their own families. Some are working two ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fa ..... 
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Don’t let your summer getaway open the door to fraudsters

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Burnsville, Minn. – Summer is a great time for getaways, but while you’re on vacation, criminals are still hard at work. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) warns consumers that they can find themselves tripped up by their ..... 
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Nominees being accepted for Paula J. Tower Memorial Award

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse is currently accepting nominations for the annual Paula J. Tower Memorial Award. This award was established to honor Paula Tower’s legacy and to remember the diff ..... 
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‘Blood Brother’ documentary film will be shown at the St. Mane Theatre

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

In a partnership with Frozen River Film Festival, Lanesboro Arts Center will host a screening of ‘Blood Brother’, which won the 1st Place and People’s Choice Winner of the January 2014 festival held in Winona, Minn. The film will be shown on F ..... 
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Merchants Financial Group, Inc. reports net income ahead of plan and last year for the first half of 2014

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Merchants Financial Group, Inc. (MFGI) reported net income of $6,948,081 for the first six months of the year. The income is both ahead of plan and ahead of last year’s income of $6,104,872 for the first half of the year, accordi ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair 2014 (Open Class) Results

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in All Fillmore County Fair

FARM PRODUCTS •Grand Champion: Matt Marzolf, Preston, MN •Reserve Champion: Sawyer Johnson, Fountain, MN •Champion: Joe Bradley Lanesboro, MN VEGETABLE •Grand Champion: Dewayne Vogt, Preston, MN •Reserve Champion: Donna Lan ..... 
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