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Eckelman’s Gunsmithing Shop reopens in Fort Ripley

Mark Eckelman, gunsmith, reported his business, Eckelman’s Gunsmithing in Fort Ripley, has reopened.

Eckelman has more than 25 years experience as a gunsmith. He noted his work includes “general gunsmithing, stock refinishing and fitting, action and trigger work, cleaning and repair of all makes and models of pistols, shotguns and rifles.”

Eckelman reported the gunsmith shop will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Emilee Struss, the young lady from Baxter who survived that incredible fall while free climbing a giant white pine near Pequot Lakes, has a new outlet for the card art she created while recovering.

Struss is now a featured artist at Coco Moon in downtown Brainerd. Her MadebyMae Card Creations went on sale at Coco Moon late last month.

Triolo’s Restaurant, the Mexican/Italian restaurant that opened in Backus on Highway 87 in July, reported it joined the Backus American Legion Charitable Gaming Partnership in its adjoining Club Kimberly lounge/night club.

Legion Commander Bill Taylor reported in a news release that he welcomed the partnership with owner Todd Triolo and his partner Kim VanNatter.

“The Backus Legion partnership, in addition to Triolo’s, includes the nearby Legion clubrooms and Willard’s Saloon & Eatery in Backus,” the new release noted. “Since 1991 the Legion and its sponsored gaming sites have donated $654,126 to education, civic and community organizations, needy families, youth recreation, active duty troop units and veteran’s programs. The Legion has also paid $574,233 in federal and state taxes.”

On the list of “perhaps you didn’t know,” McDonald’s Corporation chose Nor-Son Inc., construction company in Baxter, to serve as the general contractor of new coffee bar installation at McDonald’s restaurants across the Midwest.

Nor-Son reported it has worked after hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for a couple of weeks in order to reduce business disruption at the restaurants — 85 restaurants across the Midwest. Nor-Son said the effort was duplicated as McDonald’s had a deadline for a simultaneous launch.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at or 855-5852. Follow on Twitter @Dispatchbizbuzz.

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