Summers without Selma's ice cream 'won't be the same,' Afton mayor ...

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Then-U.S. Sen. Walter Mondale and his wife, Joan, who lived in Afton at the time, take a break from the vice presidential campaign trail at Selma s in July 1976.
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Get over it. The building is junk, and high priced ice cream is a joke. Even Lerks is closed, as the yuppie town expands the "wine bar" scene for pretend boaters and day trippers.
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It's too bad, but the business was doomed from the start with the last owner. He way overpaid for the joint ($1 million plus!).
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Hey Mr. bearmannorth, it's sad for us Aftonites to see another business fall to the wayside. I would much rather pay an extra buck for an ice cream and walk along the river then or enjoy the patio there then go to yet another franchise that destroys small business owners. Support the local businesses, because it will be people like you complaining that there are none, but yet you aren't willing to support the business. A constant complainer who will never be satisfied no matter what the outcome is. And i think i hear a tad bit of jealousy regarding the boaters on the river...
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It's too bad, but the business was doomed from the start with the last owner. He way overpaid for the joint ($1 million plus!).
Exactly! Big newspaper article covering all the grandiose plans he had for that building, which I believe had issues one year with flooding. Didn't know the other restaurant was owned by the same visionary. People with visions of grandeur and then get the paper to write about it (free advertising) need to go under. Too bad about Selma's but then there's always Stillwater.
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Hey Mr. bearmannorth, it's sad for us Aftonites to see another business fall to the wayside. I would much rather pay an extra buck for an ice cream and walk along the river then or enjoy the patio there then go to yet another franchise that destroys small business owners. Support the local businesses, because it will be people like you complaining that there are none, but yet you aren't willing to support the business. A constant complainer who will never be satisfied no matter what the outcome is. And i think i hear a tad bit of jealousy regarding the boaters on the river...
A small business owner? With the money he invested to rehab and add on? Don't think so.
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Afton Resident wrote:
Hey Mr. bearmannorth, it's sad for us Aftonites to see another business fall to the wayside. I would much rather pay an extra buck for an ice cream and walk along the river then or enjoy the patio there then go to yet another franchise that destroys small business owners. Support the local businesses, because it will be people like you complaining that there are none, but yet you aren't willing to support the business. A constant complainer who will never be satisfied no matter what the outcome is. And i think i hear a tad bit of jealousy regarding the boaters on the river...
LOL, not really. I used to do a lot of business throughout Afton. The deli Caroline ran, the lumber co.,Afton House, Lerks...and yes even Selmas. But as the years past by, things changed fast. I loved Afton untill the yuppie movement got out of hand, and of course the village became another suburban hangout. It all started a long time ago. I`m waiting to see if Afton get`s it`s own "G-A-Y pride" parade started. That group of people changed the face of Afton too. As far as the boaters go, I did my share of the Croix over the years..with a canoe and a tent. Never understood going for the weekend tied to a dock.
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May 21, 2010
 
Oh yeah.... It is what it is now, so again, just get over it.
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LOL, not really. I used to do a lot of business throughout Afton. The deli Caroline ran, the lumber co.,Afton House, Lerks...and yes even Selmas. But as the years past by, things changed fast. I loved Afton untill the yuppie movement got out of hand, and of course the village became another suburban hangout. It all started a long time ago. I`m waiting to see if Afton get`s it`s own "G-A-Y pride" parade started. That group of people changed the face of Afton too. As far as the boaters go, I did my share of the Croix over the years..with a canoe and a tent. Never understood going for the weekend tied to a dock.
I would have to agree growing up in St.Croix Beach things have changed so much down in Afton unless you live down there in the present dont feel welcome at all
I love Afton

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I don't live in Afton but my family and kids love to go there, and have been doing so for 30 years! I think it is still a wonderful place to spend the day. I'm not sure why there are so many nagative comments. My parents took us to Selma's and now I take my kids. I think it is very sad that Selma's is closed right now. I hope it re-opens, and so do my kids who have alwasy loved ice cream there!
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I totally agree with you!........
Hey Mr. bearmannorth, it's sad for us Aftonites to see another business fall to the wayside. I would much rather pay an extra buck for an ice cream and walk along the river then or enjoy the patio there then go to yet another franchise that destroys small business owners. Support the local businesses, because it will be people like you complaining that there are none, but yet you aren't willing to support the business. A constant complainer who will never be satisfied no matter what the outcome is. And i think i hear a tad bit of jealousy regarding the boaters on the river...
Aftonite agrees

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I also agree with you on this. Let's be positive and support our wonderful downtown.
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Hey Mr. bearmannorth, it's sad for us Aftonites to see another business fall to the wayside. I would much rather pay an extra buck for an ice cream and walk along the river then or enjoy the patio there then go to yet another franchise that destroys small business owners. Support the local businesses, because it will be people like you complaining that there are none, but yet you aren't willing to support the business. A constant complainer who will never be satisfied no matter what the outcome is. And i think i hear a tad bit of jealousy regarding the boaters on the river...
It is sad

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Selma's was great a memory for me, bringing me back to my youth with my parents and with me and my kids who are now getting older. It's sad that Selma's is gone, for now that I won't be able to share a memory with my future Grandchildren.

Two things are puzzling, the amount of debt he accrued and also the negative / mean comments about a Ice Cream store. Some people just need to get real. Take some happy pills. Be nice. It's not that hard.
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Exactly! Big newspaper article covering all the grandiose plans he had for that building, which I believe had issues one year with flooding. Didn't know the other restaurant was owned by the same visionary. People with visions of grandeur and then get the paper to write about it (free advertising) need to go under. Too bad about Selma's but then there's always Stillwater.
The dyke fixed the flooding issues.
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BearManNorth wrote:
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LOL, not really. I used to do a lot of business throughout Afton. The deli Caroline ran, the lumber co.,Afton House, Lerks...and yes even Selmas. But as the years past by, things changed fast. I loved Afton untill the yuppie movement got out of hand, and of course the village became another suburban hangout. It all started a long time ago. I`m waiting to see if Afton get`s it`s own "G-A-Y pride" parade started. That group of people changed the face of Afton too. As far as the boaters go, I did my share of the Croix over the years..with a canoe and a tent. Never understood going for the weekend tied to a dock.
The responsible drinkers stay tied to the dock.
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Selma's is going to be sold at a sheriff sale on June 2nd. more info can be found at Washington county or:http://www.twincities.com/c i_15122595?IADID=Search-www.tw incities.com-www.twincities.co m&nclick_check=1
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Hi agree, How can so many people be so grumpy about an ice cream shop? Be positive and Get a life! I love Selmas and think someone will likely purchase it in June when it goes on the market available for a good price this time.
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I also agree with you on this. Let's be positive and support our wonderful downtown.<quoted text>
Well my friend, being from MPLS, it must have been a long time ago you`ve traveled to Afon. Downtowm Afon is "yuppieville/wine-bar/art s and farts" now. The old afton is long gone. Just check it out, but bring a lot of cash and you to can walk along the river bank and sip wine at $10 a glass. They`ll love ya!
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Hi agree, How can so many people be so grumpy about an ice cream shop? Be positive and Get a life! I love Selmas and think someone will likely purchase it in June when it goes on the market available for a good price this time.
So buy it then. The last dope paid almost a mil for the rotted old place. You`ll have to raise the prices up again...but you love it so much.......... What a joke.
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joe mcgrath wrote:
<quoted text>The responsible drinkers stay tied to the dock.
So what a waste of time and money THAT is aye? Of course that is what it`s all about I guess...drive to the dock, get smashed and BE SOMEBODY. That`s a joke more than Selmas was!
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loveicecream wrote:
Hi agree, How can so many people be so grumpy about an ice cream shop? Be positive and Get a life! I love Selmas and think someone will likely purchase it in June when it goes on the market available for a good price this time.
There won't be anymore ice cream. Obesity "crisis". Banned. For the children. That is all.

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