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Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging under new ownership


Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Dan and Melanie Ritter are the new owners of Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Dan and Melanie Ritter have set their “sites” on a new adventure with the purchase of Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging located between Lanesboro, and Whalan.

After owning and operating several businesses in the past the couple decided in was time for something different. The two looked at restaurants with cabins, and resorts with cabins, but after one resort owner told Melanie she owned over 60 sets of sheets that idea faded quickly!

The search then led to campgrounds with four separate attempts to purchase different campgrounds falling through. The couple then heard about Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging and, in a last ditch effort, came to meet the owners and tour the campground.

Melanie and Dan fell in love with the campground and the area saying, “It’s gorgeous here with the bluffs and the eagles,” said Melanie. The Root River running alongside the campground adds beauty you can not only see but also hear and in areas the river is shallow enough to walk across to a sand bar.

On June 17, 2014 the Ritters took over ownership of the campground from previous owners, Ivan & Gail Naber and Harry & Mary Naber, who had built the campground to what it had become over the last 20 years. Melanie said that the Nabers are wonderful people and thank them immensely for all they have done.

Since moving from Blue Earth, Minn. and selling their home there the Ritters have been immersed in learning the day to day operations of the campground. Melanie said, “We are hard workers.” And that is good, because hard work is what they have, although, along with the work comes many positives as well.

Easing the transition for Dan and Melanie has been long time seasonal camper, and worker at the campground, Kermit Knutson, who has been a seasonal camper at Eagle Cliff for 17 years. The Ritters describe 73-year-old Knutson as a “go-getter” and Melanie added “he is amazing” while Kermit describes himself as “a seasonal, a worker, and a loafer” with a chuckle.

With 217 sites which include seasonal, weekenders, and tent sites there is no shortage of work to be done. Then take into account 75 acres of property that needs to be maintained and you will get an idea of just how much manual labor is needed to keep the campground looking as beautiful and well-maintained as it is. The campground also offers group sites which have been used for Boy Scout camping .....
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Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

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, ..... 
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Bakkes selected as grand marshals

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Duane and Angel Bakke of Lanesboro, Minn. have been chosen as the Grand Marshals for the 2014 Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro and look forward to the annual celebration which will include the couple riding in the Buffalo Bill Days parade on Sunday, A ..... 
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30th Annual Buffalo Bill Days coming soon

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro, Minn. is fast approaching and this year’s celebration is a special one being that this year marks the 30th year that Lanesboro has hosted the celebration. The reason behind the name of the event is due to the fact ..... 
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Father’s Day fun at Lanesboro’s Art in the Park

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Father’s Day in this area of Minnesota is also synonymous with another important date on the calendar which is Lanesboro’s Art in the Park event. For those who may have a difficult time finding dad that gift that you thought he may actually use ..... 
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Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Dee Slinde

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The City of Lanesboro, Minn. and the surrounding area has graciously opened its arms to the new executive director of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) and Tourism, Dee Slinde. Having grown up in London, Minn. near Austin, and gradua ..... 
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Sydney Johnson is second runner up in Miss Minnesota International competition

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Sydney Johnson, of Lanesboro, Minn., represented Fillmore County as Miss Fillmore County in the 2014 Miss Minnesota International compeititon that took place in St. Cloud, Minn. on Saturday, March 8. Johnson was named second runner up for the title. ..... 
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Memorial fishing tournament takes place in Lanesboro

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

As snow fell on a chilly winter’s day at the 2014 Memorial Fishing Tournament in Lanesboro, Minn. on Saturday, February 15, all the participants felt was warmth as friends, family, and neighbors of Andrew Kingsbury, Blake Overland, and Matthew Eri ..... 
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Lanesboro mourns the loss of three

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

As the story topped many media outlets’ broadcasts and headlines across southeastern Minnesota for days, those in the community of Lanesboro were hoping for the best, or at least some piece of good news, as law enforcement officials, dive teams, a ..... 
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