Apr 05

A Day in Small Town Minnesota

Another day of travel for truancy meetings and court today led me to some truly awesome finds.  The girl joined me today because she is on spring break, and we had a great day! This was not how I thought the girl would want to spend one entire day of her break, but having a driver-secretary-companion along for an eleven hour day was something that I will miss next Tuesday when I head to Duluth and Hibbing without her.

The girl had a great time shopping at the Albertville outlet mall while I had my first meeting in Wright County.  We then headed south toward Watonwan County.  About an hour and a half into the drive in that direction, we thought that lunch needed to be found.

And find we did!

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Cindy’s Kitchen on the west side of Hwy 169 in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, sits across the highway from Emma Krumbee’s – far more famous but far less yummy.  The girl and I had vegetable beef soup that had a tomato juice base (I asked Cindy herself!), and it was very good.  The girl also ordered fries. They were the thick ones that the girl likes but are not my favorite.  Great food.  Great value.  Excellent service.  Will I go back?  Yes, indeed!

From there, we headed south to St. James where I had court hearings for a couple of students.  The girl had researched ahead of time and had found that a coffee shop – The Stray Cat – is located near the courthouse on the main street of town.

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This seems to be a great place to hang out – in fact, when I returned to collect the girl, a group of women sat in the corner pictured below as they planned some big event.

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If you head to this coffee shop, be sure to bring cash because they do not accept credit.  They do, however, trust you.  The nice man behind the counter was willing to bill me and let me send him a check.  Fortunately, the girl and I scraped together the $5.15 that we owed the shop.

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I have to admit that there is something very appealing about living in a town like this.  Even though the nearest Culvers and Target are hours away, I might be able to learn to love the pace of life and the “know your neighbor” way of life in this small town.

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Especially because they have a movie theater.  Guess what is playing?

That’s right – The Hunger Games.

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