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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

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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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LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native that began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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