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Give up meat? Don't expect much from die-hard Minnesotans


The sign over the door at Schmidt’s Meat Market in Nicollet, Minn., says “Willkommen,” letting customers know that they will be able to pig out on authentic German fare.

With a smokehouse, butchering operation, sausage kitchen and retail store, Schmidt’s is thriving in its 68th year, run by the founder’s grandson. Many of the customers for its signature fresh wursts, bacon varieties, jerky and deli meats are third-generation, too.

“Lots of people make a jog out of their way to come see us. We’re a destination,” said Lynnita Schmidt, who operates the shop with her husband, Ryan. “People grew up coming to Schmidt’s.”


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