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The Emmaville Store has a long history in Hubbard County. It sold bait, gas, groceries and beer to weekend guests and seasonal residents.

Minnesota lakes country landmark closing dismays locals

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Emmaville, which once billed itself as the "Biggest Little Town in the World" is now a ghost town.

The century-old store, café, motel and gas station closed abruptly April 22.

"It's a landmark, no doubt about it," said former owner Joe Knuth, who took it back on a contract for deed when owner Kathy Courtney couldn't make a go of it, despite her hard work. She'd run it for a year, seven days a week.

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