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Kari's: Scandinavian cuisine in Lanesboro


Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

A desire to focus on local, seasonal, fresh foods with a varying menu, combined with a desire to expand a budding catering business, has resulted in Lanesboro's newest dining opportunity, Kari's Scandinavian Restaurant. Proprietors Scott and Angie Taylor are excited to share the Scandinavian atmosphere and fare as you dine at Kari's, which opened February 1.

Scandinavian cuisine is the centerpiece for the restaurant due to a few factors. "We want a menu that we can use fresh, local, seasonal foods, utilizing local producers and a rotating menu that changes weekly, and we can do that with many foods that are Scandinavian in origin," explained Angie. "At Pedal Pusher Café, our other restaurant, local foods have been important and we want to continue that. We also want to have a larger kitchen for a catering business."

"Scandinavian cuisine lends itself well to all cuts of meat," stated Scott. "It might be marinated, pickled, cured, etc. so that not just the prime cuts are being used. Examples might include our stews, marinated dishes, or Rosemary Garlic Leg of Lamb."

Items on the menu are likely to appeal to most because, "Midwestern fare has its roots in Scandinavian cuisine," explained Scott.

Another factor contributing to the fact that Scandinavian cuisine is the centerpiece is Scott's grandmother, Kari Taylor. She immigrated from Norway at the age of three with her mother and her one-year old sister. Kari's dad was already in the United States and they traveled via ship with all their possessions in one trunk, that trunk can be seen in the dining room.

Through the years Kari shared her Norwegian heritage with her children and grandchildren. When selecting a name for the restaurant, Kari's was easily chosen. In 2005, Kari passed away, but she would certainly be proud to see how the Norwegian traditions continue through Scott, Angie and their four children at Kari's.

The atmosphere of Kari's is warm, comfortable, and classy. Scandinavian décor adorns the dining room, including a traditional Norwegian outfit called a Bunad from the Hardanger region, that belonged to Kari. The Norwegian rosemaling by Sara Tollefson of Preston and Scott's mother, Verna Taylor, are also displayed.

The vibrant mural by artist Erik Pearson, used as a privacy wall while the Commonweal was being built, is displayed throughout the dining room and is complemented by traditional Scandinavian colors on the walls. Vib .....
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Kari's: Scandinavian cuisine in Lanesboro

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

A desire to focus on local, seasonal, fresh foods with a varying menu, combined with a desire to expand a budding catering business, has resulted in Lanesboro's newest dining opportunity, Kari's Scandinavian Restaurant. Proprietors Scott and Angie T ..... 
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Harmony Foods, Preston Foods and Rushford Foods changing product line to IGA

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

By Jim Hoiness and Brad Hoiness, Owners of Harmony Foods, Preston Foods and Rushford Foods

This past week we began the move back to IGA in our stores in Preston, Harmony and Rushford. This decision has been made after careful consideration an ..... 
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Fillmore County water plan up for amendment

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Fillmore County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan (2006 - 2015) is currently going through its five-year amendment process. The amended plan is due to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) by December 2010. The main focu ..... 
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Groundbreaking is good news for affordable housing in Rushford

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Times are tough and the construction of new homes has slowed considerably across the country. But here in Rushford the Bybee and Corcoran/Dailey families will mark an important milestone in the construction of their new twin home-and the community i ..... 
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Commerce Department Funding to Advance Bio-Science, Renewable Energy and Global Marketplace Job Growth in Minnesota

Tue, Apr 6th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced $80,000 in grants in the State of Minnesota to boost competitiveness and create jobs.

"Economic recovery and growth are top priorities for th ..... 
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AgStar's Fund is Accepting Grants for County Fair Facility Upgrades

Tue, Apr 6th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Mankato, Minn. (April 6, 2010) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program for AgStar Financial Services, is proud to once again offer a $50,000 grant program to support County Fair Facility Upgrades. The mission of this program i ..... 
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Area food shelves stocked with energy efficient light bulbs

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The annual Minnesota FoodShare Campaign is in full swing and local participating food shelves are stocked with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

The CFLs are part of a promotion by Tri-County Electric Cooperative to en ..... 
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Spud Boy Lunch

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Spud Boy Lunch located in Lanesboro, Minn. had a visitor this past week, Author and teacher Michael Engle from Troy, NY. Mr Engle and Co-Author Mario Monti wrote the book titled Diners of New York. The books consists of 400 diners in the state of Ne ..... 
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