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New owners for Old Barn Resort


Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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Brothers-in-law Eric Brenna, left and Travis Dundore, right, have purchased The Old Barn Resort, in rural Preston. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Although there are new owners at the Old Barn Resort near Preston, Minn., the transition happened so seamlessly many area residents may not have even noticed.

Eric Brenna and Travis Dundore purchased the business from former owners Doug Brenna (Eric’s dad) and his business partner Shirley Endres. The two are actually brothers-in-law, as Travis is married to Eric’s sister.

Brenna and Dundore officially became owners on May 6, 2016 but have known the business quite well for some time.

Brenna spent his summer break from college in 1999 at the Old Barn Resort helping build the front nine of the River’s Bend Golf Course located at the Old Barn. He says, “I dug every sprinkler head out there on the front nine.” The next summer he spent cooking, bartending and serving there.

Since Brenna’s dad bought the business when he was 16, he says “it had always been in the back of their head” that they may someday own the business but he says they “didn’t know if it would become a reality” until the opportunity was presented to them a year ago.

Brenna states they “jumped at the opportunity” to own the Old Barn Resort, which means so much to them and many others, and now, a year later, their dream has become a reality.

Dundore and Brenna moved their families to Fillmore County from the Twin Cities about a year ago and have spent that year learning more extensively how the business is run. Travis’ wife, Jennifer, and Eric’s wife, Rhiannon work alongside their husbands doing whatever needs to be done in order for guests to have a wonderful time during their visit.

Dundore comments, “Everything that’s here - the outdoors, the golf course, the campground - that’s a big deal for us,” adding, “to be able to provide that for the community and visitors to the area” also means a lot to them. “And to be able to do it with family is great,” he says.

The Brenna’s and the Dundore’s are enjoying living in this area as Brenna says, “It’s nice to live in a community where people know your name,” and Dundore notes “the people we get to meet” are a wonderful part of the job.

The transference of ownership has been a very smooth one for several reasons. Dundore explains that “Doug and Shirley did such a good job and the employees do such a good job” that it was a smooth transition.

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Harmony Kids Learning Center celebrates Grand Opening

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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All across the county, parents struggle to find daycare for their kids, and Southeastern Minnesota is no different. The Harmony Kids Learning Center was built to fill that need in the community. The center can serve up to 99 children. The room ..... 
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Rushford honors veterans with Memorial Park

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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As another Memorial Day is drawing near, our Fillmore County municipalities prepare plans for special services and remembrances to honor those serving in our nation’s military and more importantly, those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. In at lea ..... 
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Chatfield resident recalls the last battle of the Vietnam War

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Clark Wiger thought he had put his time in the military behind him. He’d served as a hospital corpsman third class in the Navy from 1971 through 1975, enlisting at the age of 17. After he got out of the Navy, he returned home to Minnesota and mo ..... 
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Famous WWII nurse was born in Fillmore County

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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A well-known WWII nurse who was born and spent her formative years in the Harmony, Minn. area lived to help others and has been recognized and remembered for her service in many ways. Hortense E. McKay was born northeast of Harmony, Minn. on a far ..... 
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Cemetery staff prepares to host dedication ceremony

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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Honorable. Memorable. Patriotic. Those are three words that will most likely describe Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Preston, Minn. Now home to a $10.1 million 169-acre state veterans cemetery dedicated to honoring those who have served our country, Pr ..... 
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Willy towers over other steers

Mon, May 16th, 2016
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At the May 10 Fillmore County board meeting commissioners approved sending a letter to Governor Mark Dayton and legislators requesting a transportation package this legislative session. The letter will be signed by all of the county commissioners. ..... 
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B&B Olympic Bowl owners named Grand Marshals of Trout Days Parade

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
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When Shelly Hanson received a call from Sarah Wangen asking her and her husband Paul to be Grand Marshals of the Preston Trout Days Parade, she thought that surely there was someone else more deserving of the position. The Trout Days Committee disa ..... 
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Cropp celebrates 25 years at Commonweal

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
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For 25 years, Hal Cropp has lived the life of his dreams at the Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, Minn. While growing up in Hornell, N.Y., Cropp first acquired the acting bug at 14 years old, when he was cast as the Tin Man in a summer cam ..... 
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