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Try-It Tuesday: Pedal Pusher’s “Beste Byen Breakfast Blend” Coffee

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Lanesboro coffee... in a Lanesboro mug, naturally!  A big thank you to Deneen Pottery for the awesome mug!

Lanesboro coffee… in a Lanesboro mug, naturally!
A big thank you to Deneen Pottery for the awesome mug!

Benjamin Franklin loved coffee:

“Among the numerous luxuries of the table…coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable.”

Amen, brother. Is there anything better than a cup of coffee to get you going? Morning, noon, or night, you can count on coffee to give you that one-of-a-kind kick, along with some surprising health benefits. Your standard cup of joe contains antioxidants called polyphenols that studies are showing can combat cancer and take out those pesky free radicals in your body. According to AARP:

“Recent research has shown that coffee, in particular, may help prevent diseases like stroke and certain cancers, lower our risk of Parkinson’s and dementia, and boost our concentration and memory.

All of this leads to one thing: have a cup of coffee, won’t you?

Luckily for us here in Lanesboro, we’ve got a one-two coffee combination that’s sure to be good for what ails you. Did you know you can get freshly-roasted coffee right here in our own downtown? Our local-food-loving café, Pedal Pushers, actually roasts its coffee in the restaurant, ensuring you get the freshest cup possible. What’s more, you can head across the street from our corner café to our corner grocery, Beste Byen, and grab the roasted whole beans to take home with you.

Pedal Pushers makes several different blends, but what you see up there is a cooperative effort between the corner café and the corner grocery: the Beste Byen Breakfast Blend. It’s a smooth, comforting roast that’s just what you need to warm you up on a quiet, misty morning. It was served at the Lanesboro Chamber Board meeting this morning and it was a big hit!

So take a little bit of Lanesboro back home with you, and enjoy all those fond memories every time you grind those beans up fresh. Smell is the closest sense tied to memory, after all, and for my money there’s no better smell than freshly-ground coffee.


Celebrating Small Business

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Yesterday was a BIG day for Lanesboro!


Director of Tourism Eric Leitzen introduces Lanesboro’s 10 new businesses for 2015. At right: Lanesboro mayor Robin Krom. Business owners, listed from left to right: Pat Shanahan, Iron Horse; Cheryl & Rick Lamon, Cheryl’s Fabric Garden; Shanalee Knight & Brad Erwin, Beautiful Something; Peggy Toft & Sara Kohn, Back Pedal; Paul Hamann, High Court Pub; Lori Bakke, Granny’s Liquor; Caleb and Blake Lauritsen-Norby, Barn Sale Antiques; and Stephanie Davidson, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center Outpost


On June 9th, Lanesboro welcomed TEN new members to our business community. These small businesses included everything from antiques and boutiques to breakfast and after-dinner drinks to apparel and a place to lay your head. We even had KTTC, NBC Channel 10 come down to profile the event, because it’s not every day a town of 754 has 10 new businesses open up!

KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Things look bright for Lanesboro as we head into the brightest and most beautiful days of summer. Tomorrow, the world-famous Aroma Pie Shop re-opens for the summer in nearby Whalan, and what better way to reward yourself after a five mile bike ride than with some homemade pie? Who knows, maybe you’ll like the pie so much, you’ll want to buy the whole shop!

Fair warning: the trail will be repaired between Whalan and Peterson over the summer. You can check out the details here at the DNR website and, seeing as how you can’t keep biking east, why not bike back west to Lanesboro? Maybe you could take in a show at the Commonweal, enjoy a pampered stay at one of our historic Bed & Breakfasts, or maybe that bike ride back got you hungry again for a finedining dinner? When the sun gets hot and the bikes start rolling, there’s always something to do here in Lanesboro, Minnesota!

Whalan Candlelight Ski

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Candles on the Trail

Winter Fun?

 Dee Slinde/LACC

I am inclined to be like a bear in winter…my thoughts are that near-hibernation is a necessity to survive the cold, bleak winter months, and there’s little or nothing that can convince me it is worthwhile to do much beyond sitting around and waiting for the warmth of spring to arrive. I was recently asked why I haven’t just up and moved south to avoid winter if it is so distasteful to me. I answered that I loved Minnesota, but just hadn’t found any winter activities that I enjoyed enough to get me out of the house. Most of the previous attempts I had made to try winter activities hadn’t ended well…downhill skiing resulted in broken body parts after a fall, snowmobiling resulted in a crash that knocked me (and a tooth) out, ice fishing usually resulted in cold toes and very few fish. I have officially started to move into the ‘bah, humbug’ mode as a result.

Still, I remain determined to find something/anything that can get me outdoors in the wintertime. One of the residents in Lanesboro suggested I try cross country skiing, specifically at the Whalan Candlelight Ski on February 7th, 2015 at 5:00 pm. I was assured that skiing the beautiful Root River Trail by candlelight would make me a believer in the wonders of wintertime in Minnesota. Worst case scenario, the promise of some hot chocolate, a warm bowl of homemade soup, and a bonfire at either end of the lighted trail section is enough to get me to at least try it.

I absolutely need a little more convincing, so please share your favorite Whalan Candlelight Ski memories below!


Happy Holidays From Lanesboro

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014




Happy Holidays!

Nostalgia seems to be a significant part of the Holiday Season for many people, myself included. I recently found myself thinking of the day I moved here last November…a light snow had fallen the night before and everything looked pristine. In the early morning hours, we decided breakfast was a good idea before we got too serious about putting our belongings away, and decided to walk downtown to the Pastry Shoppe to get a bite to eat. Walking along in the light chill of the morning, I found myself thinking that if Norman Rockwell was still alive, he’d have been living in Lanesboro!

Quaint and quiet, I was awestruck by the beauty and somewhat overwhelmed by the emotion this community inspired in me. I was feeling as if I had finally “come home.” I could hear the occasional scrape of a shovel against the sidewalk, reminding me that despite appearances, we weren’t completely alone…in fact, as we walked, quite a few of our new neighbors came out of their homes, introduced themselves, chatted for a bit, and made us feel welcome to our new community.

When I have mentioned that experience to people since then, I have often told them that I made more friends in that 3 hour walk than I did in 35 years of living in the Twin Cities. It’s just one of the many things that make Lanesboro special. I knew we had made a great decision in choosing to join this community. Our soon-to-be Mayor, Robin Krom, recently summed up the feelings this community creates in its residents rather well, as he stated that for him, coming to Lanesboro “felt like a hug.” I wholeheartedly agree!

I think we are all blessed to live in this community together, and a big part of it is that “hug” we feel. Probably even more important is the community’s willingness to share that “hug” with new residents and visitors throughout the year. It is a big part of what has made us a tourism and residential destination for so many.

If you are newer resident or vistor to Lanesboro, I would love to know what attracted you to the area, and if you were born/grew up here, I’d love to learn why you’ve stayed. Please share a “feel good” line or two in the reply area below and I will post them over the Holiday Season!

By Dee Slinde/Executive Director/Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce