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From left; Jerome Cota, Tom Puppe and Roger Hoffman share a laugh during lunch at the city-owned cafe in Goodridge, Minn. recently. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

To keep the last café open, city of Goodridge runs it, along with the bar, liquor store

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GOODRIDGE, Minn. — This past February, Shannon Moen added restaurant management to her list of duties as the city clerk here.

That’s when Goodridge, home to 132 people and located in northeast Pennington County, opted to forgo finding another owner for the city-owned café and instead reopen and run the establishment itself as the Country Side Grill.


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Brandi Jewett
Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. Other positions she has held at the Herald include Grand Forks city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. A native of Valley City, N.D., 24 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to 
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