Kurt Larson, co-owner of Larson’s Printing, told me earlier this week that he’s had people come in his store recently asking if they’re closing or being thrown out by their landlord. Since he and his sister Karin are the landlords, Kurt assures me that they are not throwing themselves out of their own building. The "Space For Lease" flag hanging from their sign is for the space formerly occupied by Erbert & Gerbert’s.
The last time I used that phrase in a blog post title, things didn’t turn out so well.
Yesterday afternoon, local business owners, St. Olaf students, and miscellaneous other volunteers filled hundreds of sandbags on downtown’s west side behind Larson’s Printing.