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Madeline Almen, left, and Jordan Almen are spending the summer working at the family's new business, Sophie's Ice Cream Station. (Tribune photo by Anne Polta)

Kerkhoven, Minn., ice cream shop dishes up cool summer treats

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KERKHOVEN -- Sixties-era music wafts from outdoor speakers at Sophie's Ice Cream Station, where another busy summer day is about to begin.


Within minutes, the first customer of the day shows up to buy a late-morning ice cream cone. "Great idea!" he exclaims to the owners, Ted and Kari Jo Almen, as he walks back to his truck.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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