A MONTH AGO, on a weekday afternoon, Pepin, Wisconsin, already appeared battened up for the long winter.
Lawn chairs stacked. Doors locked. Streets mostly vacant.
A general sense of abandonment prevailed in the downtown area along Lake Pepin, although the blacksmith shop happened to be open (watch for a story on that) as was the next door grocery.
I expect had it been a summer weekend, more businesses would have been open and the town bustling.
But, like many lake communities, life slows when the temperature drops and autumn edges toward winter.
This is reality in the north land, in a river town that relies significantly on warm weather tourism.
AND NOW FOR TWO PLACES on the edge of Pepin that were open:
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