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Rack's Bar and Grill in Spring Valley contributes to local economy


Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Progress Edition

Steve and Karla Tart are the owners of Rack’s Bar and Grill in Spring Valley. Photo by Jackie Horsman

Steve and Karla Tart purchased their business in April 2013, but their vision had started way before that. For years the Tart family had been customers at Tootie’s, a bar and grill, in Spring Valley. Three of four years prior to buying the business from Tootie Foster, Steve and Karla had seriously considered the decision they ultimately made. Karla explained, “We went to Tootie’s after the kids’ games at Kingsland and we wanted to see it continue to be a place where you could bring your family.” The Tarts have done just that with a separate dining room area that closes at 9 p.m. with the understanding that children do not belong in a bar setting in the evening.

Their vision was so strong the Tarts opened Rack’s for business on June 5, 2013, just a few short months after purchasing the building. “All the contractors kept telling us there is no way we could be ready to open by then, but we kept saying yes we will and yes we can,” Steve chuckled as he reminisced. And they did. They opened with a completely remodeled bar and dining room. The feel of the restaurant is cozy and warm, very picturesque like a true Minnesota lodge.

With all the work that went into the finished product, the Tarts are quick to give credit to their family and friends who helped with demolition and stood by them through reconstruction. Steve and Karla take pride in knowing they hired local building contractors and purchased building supplies locally as well. “I believe all of our contractors were from right here in Spring Valley with the exception of the plumber who is from Grand Meadow, but he’s family,” said Steve. Even now, they hire locally for things like snow removal in the parking lot.

Rack’s employs 22 workers, all of which live locally. “Most are from Spring Valley and a few from LeRoy,” according to Karla, “And of course many are family. Our children all work here, Steve’s mom is our accountant and Steve’s sister works for us too.” In fact, Steve explained further, “My sister Judy is a cook at Kingsland and she helped us out so much when we first opened. Karla’s brother-in-law, Arland, is a chef in the family and he gave us a hand too.”

The Tarts have become an integral part of the Spring Valley economy by hiring local residents and utilizing many of the local businesses in town. Helping your neighbor succeed and your neighbor helping you in return is something that comes natural .....
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Jean Guy

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Jean Guy died Saturday, January 18 at home. She was born Jean Ann LaRose, daughter of Joseph and Betty (Maurer) LaRose in Minneapolis, Minn. on June 22, 1957. On November 26, 1981, Jean married Gary Guy. She enjoyed playing Bingo, trying her luck ..... 
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Bernice Osterhus

Tue, Jan 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Bernice Osterhus, age 97, of Spring Valley, Minn., passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Spring Valley Care Center. Bernice Janet Larson was born August 11, 1916 to John B. and Julia Larson in Buckeye, Iowa. She attended school until the 8th gr ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council organizes for 2014

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on January 13 and approved a long list of first of the year business. The minutes from the December 9 and December were approved. The January Preliminary Accounts Payables consisting of eight pages was approved a ..... 
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Betty Lou Taylor

Tue, Jan 14th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Betty Lou Taylor, age 83, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Monday morning, January 13, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center. Betty Lou was born September 12, 1930, was born in Adams, Minn., the daughter of Leonard and Myrtle (Rogne) Harding. She a ..... 
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Norbert “Bert” Nass

Tue, Jan 14th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Norbert “Burt” Nass, age 76, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Friday morning, January 10, 2014, at his residence. Bert was born August 23, 1937, in Hutchinson, Minn., the son of Edward and Louise (Schroeder) Nass. He was raised in Hutchinson and ..... 
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Mary Smith

Tue, Jan 14th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Mary Smith, age 77, of Spring Valley, Minn. passed away Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the Stewartville Care Center in Stewartville, Minn. Mary Jane was born January 23, 1936 in Rochester, Minn. to Louis and Hazel Boucher. On December 10, 1952, she wa ..... 
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Dennis Billy Essig

Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Denny Essig, age 76, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Saturday, December 21, 2013 surrounded by his family at Rochester Methodist Hospital from complications of lung cancer. Dennis Billy Essig was born June 3, 1937 in Anoka, Minn. to Ervin and Doro ..... 
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Kingsland Superintendent McDonald discusses proposed one site location

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Over the past few years, Kingsland has been a school that has made leaps and bounds in the academic realm. It is now considered by many to be one of the most progressive and cutting edge schools in Minnesota, as well as a model for schools across t ..... 
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