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Kurt Sieve (left) working the line at Traveler's Inn back in 1972. He and his brother, Jon, bought the café from their parents in 1977. Kurt Sieve (right) recently retired from his 42-year-career. ("Then" photo contributed; "now" photo by Lowell Anderson)

It all started with pie

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Kurt Sieve of Alexandria has spent the last 42 years flipping pancakes, clearing tables, hiring servers, ordering food, managing staff and keeping Traveler's Inn bustling year after year, right alongside his brother, Jon.


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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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