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1/20/2012 1:52:00 PM
Mule Lake Store under new ownership
There is a new face behind the counter
Mule Lake Store, south of Longville on State Hwy. 84, recently changed hands. Pictured (left to right) are: new owner, Evan Foss, with former owners Mike and Paty Underwood.
Mule Lake Store, south of Longville on State Hwy. 84, recently changed hands. Pictured (left to right) are: new owner, Evan Foss, with former owners Mike and Paty Underwood.

Spending the past six years living in Minneapolis, and commuting to the Lakeland area nearly every weekend to enjoy the lakes and outdoors, Evan Foss, who was raised in the Remer/Longville area decided it was time to change directions from big city living, and has found a way to keep himself busy up here in the Lakeland. Evan is the new owner of Mule Lake Store, located at the junction of State Hwy. 84 and Co. Rd 11, six miles south of Longville. Friday, January 13, 2012, Mike and Paty Underwood, owners of Mule Lake Store for the past 20 years, turned the store over to Evan.

Evan is a 2001 graduate of Northland High School, in Remer. He went on to Concordia College in Moorhead, graduating in Dec. 2004. After college, he moved back to this area for a while, then moved to Minneapolis. When he first moved to the big city, he had a short-term job working in a warehouse. He then took a position as an insurance underwriter at ING Insurance Companies.

He wanted to get away from big city living and began searching for career options in this area. He heard the Mule Lake Store may be for sale, although it had not yet been listed. Last fall he started talks with the Underwoods, and began working towards ownership. In November of 2011, he moved in with his parents, Dale and Sonja Foss, of Remer, preparing for his latest business venture - owning Mule Lake Store.

He said while he was busy learning about the store, his parents took charge of helping him move. He said there was a lot to learn. The thing he looks forward to in owning the Mule Lake Store, is being back up here by the lakes and the people, and continuing on what Mike and Paty have built.

Evan, along with his 7-month old boxer pup, live on premises at Mule Lake Store. He looks forward to meeting the store's clientele, old and new. His plans for his first year in business include listening to the customers' wants and needs, and doing what he can to accommodate those needs.

The Mule Lake Store has gasoline, sporting goods, bait and tackle, ATM, groceries, and a dining area to sit and enjoy pizza, hot convenience foods, coffee or a soda. Mule Lake Store's winter hours are Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012
Article comment by: Lyle Tirevold

Paty & Mike, we will miss you a lot. Where are you going and what will you be doing? Good luck in whatever you do. It was wonderful knowing you.

Evan, good luck with this venture. Will be good to meet you and get to know you.

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