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Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse in Knife River sustained significant damage after a Sunday fire. The Knife River community sprang into action, beginning a benefit fund and donating money to help the small business rebuild. Photo by Jim Erickson.

Knife River community rallies around smokehouse owners


Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse in Knife River suffered significant fire damage on Sunday.

By Monday, the Knife River community had already rallied around owners Kristi and Gordy Olson, starting a benefit fund for the couple to help rebuild their business and sending cards and letters of support, according to longtime Knife River resident Paul von Goertz.

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