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New owner, hosts at Peterson’s Wenneson Inn


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Progress Edition

The Historic Wenneson Inn in downtown Peterson, Minn. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner



Changes are happening in the hamlet of Peterson. In the last few years, the town’s historic bandstand was restored; then, in 2012, the Penger Vault, the former bank, was creatively renovated for distinctive lodging. In 2013, the go-to spot, Burdey’s Café, blossomed with new ownership while a new business, Turned Write Handcrafted Art, put up shop on Mill Street. The Root River State Trail is currently undergoing upgrades, city hall is scheduled for remodeling this month, and the main thoroughfare, County 25, is scheduled to see a complete reconstruction this spring.

Now, the community will notice another change, even if it’s not a new face in the crowd. Resident Megan Grebe, an enthusiastic 29-year old with a heart for hospitality, recently completed the purchase of the former Historic Wenneson Inn. Renamed the Andor Wenneson Inn, for 1904 builder and businessman W. Andor Wenneson, Grebe has a vision for the distinguished piece of town history.

The property has already seen massive changes in the last 20 years. It was essentially vacant for a decade until Barry and Pam Erickson purchased it in 1994, renovating it to its original splendor. In 2001, the Ericksons completed additional work on the property, converting the carriage house for added lodging space. In 2011, the property was purchased from the Ericksons on a contract for deed, but that deal eventually fell through, putting the Ericksons back in ownership and looking to sell the property once more.

“I’ve been dreaming of owning a hotel for ten years,” smiles Grebe. She admits that the Ericksons tried to dissuade her from taking on the property, but determination won out and she closed on the property December 11.

The hospitality bug bit initially while Grebe, an Indiana native, was attending Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Employed as a hospital concierge, the industrious youngster quickly transitioned to working as a hotel company coordinator for the hospital, negotiating rates between the two. It was then she saw the industry up close and found herself realizing there was a need for additional affordable lodging and specifically, temporary non-profit housing for hospital patients and their families. “Someday, I absolutely want to run one.”

That need and her charitable personality led Grebe to getting involved with Habitat for Humanity to learn more about working in the non-profi .....
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Peterson eyes strategic plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Progress Edition

As a large-scale County 25 reconstruction looms on the horizon of 2015 for Peterson, the city has been whittling down the scope of the project. During that process, the strong need for a city-wide strategic plan has come into play on more than one oc ..... 
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