Sherburn TV, Sherburn MN

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Sherburn TV in Sherburn MN

Sherburn TV in Sherburn MN

TV repair has changed a lot.   With the march towards a throw away mentality with home electronics the small tv repair shop that was common in small town USA is out of place in 2018.

In larger cities there are places to have television’s repaired but even then, if not under warranty, I would bet a lot of people would toss it and buy the latest and greatest because that’s what we are taught via marketing.

Valley Feed and Seed, Lake Benton

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Valley Feed and Seed - Lake Benton MN

Valley Feed and Seed – Lake Benton MN

Today, it’s an antique shop, but in 1972 Eldon Nordmeyer purchased Jensen Produce and opened Valley Feed & Seed, a Vigorena dealership, and was a feed salesman until near his passing in 2012.

One can imagine that the sign is the part of the original signage but the part featuring the Vigorena logo and colors are gone.

Hotel Whiskey Bar and Grill, Heron Lake MN

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A before and after for this post.

Hotel Whisky Bar and Grill - Heron Lake MN

Hotel Whisky Bar and Grill – Heron Lake MN

And three years later it was closed.

Hotel Whisky Bar and Grill - Heron Lake MN

Hotel Whisky Bar and Grill – Heron Lake MN

From what I’ve read online there was some drama involved and not everyone was sad to see it go by any means.  Maybe it was the type of place my grandfather said didn’t need a front door, but could use two back doors.  His meaning was that customers would want to go here, but wouldn’t want to be seen going here.

I have read that this is currently a custom cake shop.  I will need to confirm that and will post a followup with new photos.

Friendly Boys Lumber Company, Tarko MO

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Friendly Boys Lumber Tarkio MO

Friendly Boys Lumber Tarkio MO

Tarkio is a city in Tarkio Township, Atchison County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,583 at the 2010 census.

I was able to find newspaper ads from the mid 1970s for Friendly Boys.  It appeared to be a pretty big operation at that time.  This article covers pretty well what is going on with small towns and businesses in rural areas.  http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/atchison-shrinks-more-than-other-mo-counties/article_7b898ca8-06c9-5756-992a-fe551491b1c2.html