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Downtown Neighbors: Main Street of Menomonie Annual Meeting

IMG_1052More than 50 people enjoyed the refreshments at The Raw Deal when they attended Main Street of Menomonie Inc.’s annual meeting on Feb. 26 — and celebrated the organization’s upcoming 25th anniversary. The event was a reunion that featured special remarks from former Main Street directors Marilyn Tye, Mary Solberg, Shelley (Stewart) Janke and Joanie Dulin.

Lead by current Board President Josh Risler along with 2014 President Lauren Evans and Main Street of Menomonie Executive Director Brenna Long, the successes of 2014 were reviewed and details of what to expect in 2015 were shared. (more…)

Downtown Neighbors: Marion’s Legacy

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Written for the Dunn County News, February 2015

It’s that time of year again: love is in the air, so it’s time to show affection for loved ones through cards, candy, poems — and chocolate!

For those working at Marion’s Legacy, Valentine’s Day is the busiest day of the year. In addition to the internationally-recognized truffles that are available for purchase at the cafe, Valentine’s-themed treats such as heart brownies and possibly chocolate covered strawberries will be available. (more…)

Winter Downtown Cleanup!


cleanupHave you always wondered how you can help out downtown? Do you love to volunteer? Are you free Monday, February 2 anytime from 4-6 pm? If you answered YES, come to the Raw Deal to help out with a winter downtown cleanup! BIG thanks to Raw Deal and Liberty Christian Center for sponsoring!

2015 events

2015 is already off to a tremendous start for Main Street of Menomonie! Thanks to your continued support, Main Street of Menomonie is able to bring many events to the downtown for the entire community to enjoy. Please mark your calendars for the events listed below! Thank you, and I hope to see you downtown soon! (more…)

Downtown Neighbors: Barrel Room

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Written for the Dunn County News, January 18, 2015

Downtown Menomonie is fortunate to have a diverse selection of shops, restaurants, and eateries. However, there is one thing that the downtown was lacking until August 2014 — a wine bar.

Barrel Room is owned and operated by Rick and Mary Bygd. As community members, they saw a need for a place to go for a good glass of wine and just to hang out. As business owners, they saw opportunity in the perfect location for their endeavor at 320 Main Street, the former Ms.Ellaneous, near the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts and, as the couple observes: “right in the heart of where everything is… There’s so much energy and passion in downtown right now, we have a huge opportunity to continue to grow that.” (more…)

Watch the 2014 WinterDaze parade!

Downtown Neighbors: Simple Sports

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Written for the Dunn County News, December 17, 2014

Rory Feddersen has a ‘simple’ dream: For his business to stand the test of time. Showing no signs of slowing down, he has done his part to do just that in the past 15 years since he opened Simple Sports, now located at 400 Main Street.

Originally from the Midwest, Feddersen traveled the country before returning to settle in the Chippewa Valley. Once there, he began managing a bike shop in Menomonie under Jim Rolbiecki with Riverside Bike and Skate. This opportunity was the platform that he needed to gain valuable business experience, and Simple Sports opened three years later in December of 1999.  (more…)

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