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Al Ruberg first began delivering milk 50 years ago. He started his own business in 1968 and is pictured here in the first year of independent milk delivery. Al’s Dairy closed this month just before Ruberg passed away. Ruberg family photo.

Family-owned dairy closes up shop after owner’s passing


During 16 years of business at the Vanilla Bean Café in Two Harbors, owner Jan Bergman always relied on Al’s Dairy for her milk.

On Wednesday, she recalled one Saturday not so long ago when the kitchen staff called the dairy owner Al Ruberg in a panic after they ran out of pancake batter in the midst of a busy breakfast. Just a few minutes later, he was at the back door with eight quarts of buttermilk, dressed in a tuxedo. He had been on his way to a wedding.

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