WCT Minute: Granite Falls ice cream shop hopes to bring together music, conversation and community

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Karina Eakes, left, and her mother-in-law, Debbie Eakes, right, share the duties of managing A Taste In Time in Granite Falls. They are shown in March 2021 as the business readied to open. The Southwest Initiative Foundation supported the venture with a microloan towards the expense of renovating the building. The funds are part of the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program from the United States Department of Agriculture. Contributed Southwest Initiative Foundation.

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Granite Falls ice cream shop hopes to bring together music, conversation and community

The shop is a Taste In Time in downtown Granite Falls, where Debbie Eakes and her daughter-in-law and co-manager, Karina Eakes, witnessed many different scenes in the shop’s first summer of business.

It’s exactly what the Eakeses were hoping to see. The thought process behind this business, Debbie Eakes explained, was to provide a place where young people could engage and have fun, and where families could do the same.

Along with the ice cream treats, A Taste In Time features a menu of made-to-order sandwiches, soups and salads.

Eakes and her husband, Mark, a medical doctor with Avera Granite Falls, are parents and grandparents. They had watched as their own children often left town for something to do, and decided an ice cream shop was a step toward making their community a better place.

Pfizer/BioNTech say data show COVID-19 vaccine safe and protective in kids


Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Monday their COVID-19 vaccine induced a robust immune response in 5- to 11-year-olds, and they plan to ask for regulatory authorization as soon as possible to use the shot in children in that age range in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.

The companies said their two-dose vaccine generated an immune response in the 5- to 11-year-olds in a Phase II/III clinical trial that matched what was previously observed in 16- to 25-year-olds. The safety profile was also generally comparable to the older age group, they added.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine already has won U.S. regulatory authorization for people ages 12 and up, including full Food and Drug Administration approval last month for ages 16 and up.

Top U.S. health officials believe regulators could make a decision on whether the shot is safe and effective in younger children within three weeks of the companies submitting a request for authorization, two sources told Reuters this month.

COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have surged in the United States in recent months due to the highly contagious delta variant. Pediatric cases are also up, particularly as children under 12 are all unvaccinated.

Redwood Falls man sentenced to 34 months in prison for drugs and failing to register as a predatory offender

A Redwood Falls man was sentenced to 34 months in prison as part of a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to a felony drugs charge and for failing to register as a predatory offender.

Gregorio Barron Trejo Haala, 27, also known as Gregorio Haala, appeared Sept. 13 before Eighth Judicial District Judge Patrick Rohland in Redwood Falls District Court where Haala was sentenced to 34 months for felony third-degree controlled substance crime. He was given 11 days' credit for time served and ordered to pay $85 in fees and fines.


As part of the plea agreement, fourth- and fifth-degree felony controlled substance crime charges, misdemeanor possession, petty misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana and a petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

Notebook: West Central Baseball HOF honors 3 inductees

Don Betzen, Allen “Ole” Hovey and Earl J. “Smitty” Smith were honored at a banquet last week as 2021 inductees into the West Central Baseball Hall of Fame.

Betzen played for Granite Falls from 1960-72. He was a pitcher who had 50 shutouts and six no-hitters in his career, helping the Kilowatts to seven state tournaments.

Hovey, who passed away in 2012, was born in Litchfield and grew up in Atwater. He played amateur baseball for Lake Lillian and Atwater from 1947-60 and coached Atwater summer recreation baseball, Atwater American Legion baseball and at Atwater/Grove City High School.

Smith, who died in 1996, was born in Kerkhoven and graduated from Morris Ag School. A World War II veteran in the Navy, Smith returned to Willmar and was an umpire at the high school, amateur and church league level for 32 years. He was a member of the Willmar Baseball Boosters and the Southwest Minnesota Umpires Association.

Coming Wednesday in the West Central Tribune’s Extra section, the Barn Theatre review: Belly laughs and chuckles heard as audience resumes attendance

The best part of the evening of the play “Escanaba In Da Moonlight,” currently being performed at the Barn Theatre, is that the audience is once again in attendance, so the belly laughs and chuckles can be heard.

The Barn has a sign posted indicating that if a patron sees an open seat allowing more social distancing, the person can move. Some patrons were masked, and the plexiglass is up to protect the actors.

The play itself was directed by Thomas Rosengren, and he must have directed little motions, such as scratching, tumbling, hiding, and a dance with a gun and toilet paper, which added to the humor.

The weather today will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the upper 60s. Sunset will be at 7:18 p.m.

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Kelly Boldan has been editor of West Central Tribune and in Willmar, Minnesota, since October 2001. He joined Forum Communications Co. in November 1998 as editor of the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer.
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