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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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Our town! Our authors!

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

By Jim Ruen In the play Our Town, Thornton Wilder told the story of average citizens in the imaginary town of Groveland Corners. In our very real town, Lanesboro, a wide variety of people who would likely describe themselves as average citizens hav ..... 
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Engagement - Bigalk ~ Nelson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Shelby Bigalk and Christopher Nelson are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Shelby is the daughter of Steve and Laurie Bigalk of Mabel, Minn. She is employed as a Registered Nurse on the Neuroscience Unit at Gundersen Healt ..... 
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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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‘Big Top’ is theme this month for the “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show

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

Lanesboro, Minn. – It’s a circus-themed ‘Big Top’ show this month for the “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, on Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. The ‘Big Top’ show will feature circus antics, poem ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center presents a new exhibit: Selections from Minnesota Museum of American Art’s ‘2014 Minnesota Biennial’

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

Lanesboro, Minn. – The upcoming exhibit at Lanesboro Arts Center features selections from the ‘2014 Minnesota Biennial’, a juried exhibit of the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA). The exhibit, just finishing up its run at MMAA in St. Pau ..... 
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Lanesboro, Minn. named in Foder’s Travel as one of “10 Charming Midwestern Towns to Visit This Year” list

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

LANESBORO, Minn. - Population: 743. Dubbed the bed-and-breakfast capital of Minnesota, Lanesboro features eateries that are just as charming as its B&Bs. From old-time pies at The Aroma Pie Shop to housemade root beer at Pedal Pushers Café, you w ..... 
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Robert “Bob” Anthony Petrillo

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Robert “Bob” Anthony Petrillo, 61, of Lanesboro, Minn., died on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in a motorcycle accident near Lanesboro. Bob was born July 22, 1953 in Chicago, Ill. to Caesar and Delores (Kimbrell) Petrillo. He attended schools in Winnetk ..... 
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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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