One recent addition to downtown Paullina are some delightful signs, such as this one. The signs are posted throughout the downtown area, and each one reflects the spirit of the Paullina business community/
Mill Creek State Park is located two miles east of Paullina, and is a perfect family retreat.
Mill Creek Park Lodge gets makeover - Mill Creek State Park and Recreation Area, located on the east edge of Paullina, has been a site for family fun for many years now. Built in the mid 1930's, the Lodge at Mill Creek Park had not seen many changes until this year. The Lodge has now gotten a new metal roof plus all new windows and doors and new concrete siding. Renovation to the Lodge was completed by July 1.
The Lodge's kitchen also saw major changes with all new state of the art appliances and cabinets.
Anther major improvement to the Lodge was the installation of new windows.
One new feature - for the first time, the Lodge features both heating and air conditioning to make guest comfortable year round.
The Lodge can hold up to 80 - 90 people, which makes it popular for many functions. The O'Brien County Conservation Department, for example, uses the Lodge to hold its annual hunter safety course. ...
The lake at Mill Creek State Park is a favorite destination for many families.
(photo) -Although most hairdressers don't make housecalls, Yvonne Johnson visited her aunt, Mildred Richmond,recently to give her a perm before her 99th birthday.
88 year-old Paullina woman
still styling hair after 67 years
By Sarah Sholly
PAULLINA - At age 88 Yvonne Johnson is still doing hair.
After attending beauty school at Samuel's in Sioux City in 1940-41, she worked briefly for Edna Lamont, who had a beauty shop in the front porch of her Paullina home. Yvonne agreed to run the shop for Edna while she and her husband traveled, but promptly upon their return, Yvonne opened her own shop in 1942. Yvonne was quite the entrepreneur
for her time, as most women did not have jobs, and very few owned their own business.
The first of her four Paullina hair salons was located in part of the hotel building on Main Street next to Lange's Cafe. Later, she moved her shop to the front of her home on Main Street. This is where Yvonne and her husband Don lived when their three children were born. In the
early 1960's Don remodeled the Lutheran School in Paullina. The shop was then moved into the east end of the former school, with the Johnson family living there as well. In 1973 Yvonne moved her salon for the final time, into the homein which she is currently living, on Broadway Street. As a working wife and mother, having her salon in the
home also allowed Yvonne to tend to her family.
During her years of hairdressing, Yvonne has frequently visited area nursing homes to fix hair for the residents. She also frequented area funeral homes offering her services. When the Cowans family operated the funeral
home in Paullina, she was their regular hairdresser.
While she has not taken on new customers in later years; she 'retired' from the hair business in 2008, Yvonne just isn't able to completely abandon the role of beautician. She still has a couple persistent family members and friends who just don't feel comfortable having anyone else style their hair after seeing her for many years. One such
person is Yvonne's aunt, Mildred Richmond. Mildred, also a lifetime resident of Paullina, celebrated her 99th birthday on July 29th. Mildred decided she should have a fresh permanent before greeting her guests, and who better to give her one than Yvonne?
On Dec. 8, 2009, a freezing Tuesday night, a fire started at a corner building in downtown Paullina that quickly spread to adjacent buildings, destroying a significant portion of downtown Paullina.
It was around 9:30 p.m. that a call to the Paullina Fire Department was received regarding smoke in an apartment above Mesner's Eatery at 107 E. Broadway in downtown Paullina.
Shortly thereafter, the fire department responded to a structural fire that was happening. The Paullina Fire Department immediately requested mutual aid to combat the fire that quickly spread to adjacent apartments and buildings.
At that time apartments and businesses were evacuated.
The fire affected a half - block of businesses, and destroyed Dice's Catering, Hot Shots Photography, Mesner's Eatery, and Mill Creek Liquor.
Severe smoke and water damage also was reported at Thunder Lanes Bowling Alley, Pair-A-Dice South and United Foods Grocery Store.
Fire was not the only thing that firemen were fighting that night. The frigid weather added to the problem with snow falling and winds reaching 50 mph that made the fight difficult. But the biggest problem was that the fire was located in between ceiling tiles. The only way to put the fire out was to tear down part of the building.
Altogether, 150 firefighters from 15 towns, including Primghar, Sanborn, Sheldon, Orange City, Granville, Marcus, Germantown, Calumet, Sutherland, Meriden, Cleghorn, Archer, Alton, Hospers and Larrabee fought the fire overnight and well into the next day...
...Today the clean up effort continues in downtown Paullina. Future plans for downtown Paullina are still on hold but whatever the outcome the community remains strong...
New restaurant fills need for Paullina -
On April 15, Les Zearing opened a new restaurant - called 'Northern Exposure,' - at 117 N. Main St. in downtown Paullina.
You might think that Zearing named his restaurant in honor of the hit CBS television show from the 1990's that bears the same name. But truth be told Zearing's reason for using that name is based more on life experience and on ambience for the restaurant.
Zearing stated that he lived in Alaska for a couple of years and likes the decor in which he used for his restaurant.
The Northern wood decor is an essential part of the dinning experience at Northern Exposure, with cabin like walls and hunting and fishing ornaments well placed within the building, Zearing hit the mark in providing his vision.
He decided to open the restaurant after last December's fire destroyed the popular Messer's Eatery (formerly Monty's Steak House). "We're just trying to fill the need for our customers," said Zearing.
Zearing is not alone in this business venture. He works along side his two daughters and his wife helps out on the weekends. Plus, there are seven to eight part-time employees who also work at the restaurant.
The menu at Northern Exposure features a different type of wrap every day and different specials on the weekends. Friday's special is BBQ night and Saturday features prime rib with steak specials most all the time, according to Zearing, plus a full soup and salad bar.
Speaking of a bar, Northern Exposure also is home to a full service bar for those looking to relax for a couple of hours...
... Zearing is optimistic about the business. He stated that most of the time his business is good, and he attributes that a lot of people visiting Mill Creek State Park, then coming into town to dine at the restaurant. "We see a lot of repeat business from those folks," said Zearing.
(Photo - Chelsey Zearing, left, and Dustin Coates are pictured at the kitchen pickup window at the Northern Exposure Restaurant in downtown Paullina. This picture highlights some of the north wood decor that gives the restaurant its wilderness atmosphere.
So, for your next dinning experience check out Northern Exposure in Paullina. Whether it just two people or 50 people, Northern Exposure will find a seat for you.
The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The friendly staff at Northern Exposure Restrain in downtown Paullina is pictured behind the restaurant's bar. They are happy to meet new customers who come to enjoy what the restaurant has to offer. Pictured are, front row, left to right, Chelsey Zearing and Kristina Espinoza. Back row, left to right, Dustin Coates and Northern Exposure Owner Les Zearing.
Hawkeye's owners open L & K Liquor store -
One of Paullina's most popular watering holes is Hawkeye 's Bar. In 2007, Kevin and Lori Tesch purchased the bar and earlier this year the couple also bought the building to the north adjacent to the bar, and decided to open up a small liquor store.
Once again, the desire to replace what was lost in the community during last December's fire was evident.
Paullina's last liquor store was Mill Creek Liquor, owned by Paullina Mayor Marlo Ebel.
"After the fire, we talked to Marlo and he decided not to reopen and the owner of the building north of us wanted us to buy her business," said Lori Tesch.
"We weren't interested in that business, but we did like the building. So we bought the building and knocked a hole in the wall so we'd could go from one place to the other quickly." ...
(Photo - L & K Liquor Store and Hawkeye's Bar are two of downtown Paullina businesses. Owners Lori and Kevin Tesch recently opened the liquor store to help meet the needs of their customers)
... That was in January, and by February 13, L & K Liquor held its official opening.
"It made a lot of sense to have another liquor store in town. So that way folks don't have to travel to get what they need," added Tesch. "The store is fully stocked to handle that need. Plus, the addition of a small cooler means that people looking for a cold beverage at a fair price can find it."
The best part of having a liquor store next to a bar is that it increases traffic at the bar's closing time. "Yeah, it's kind of a plus having a place at the end of the night, our business does pick up then," said Tesch.
The bar has recently received a small makeover. New tables, bar stools, a remodeled women's restroom and a smoking patio have been popular additions for patrons. "When the smoking ban took place, it hurt us a lot, but now that there's a place for smokers, things have begun to come back around," added Tesch ...
(Photo - Welcome to Hawkeye's Bar, home to Iowa Hawkeye Fans in Paullina. Tiana and Lori Tesch show their smiling faces to their customers at one of Paullina's favorite watering holes ...
Here's an inside look at L & K Liquor in downtown Paullina. Co-owner (along with her husband Kevin) Lori Tesch, right, is pictured alongside her daughter Tiana, who helps her folks run the liquor store that is connected to Hawkeye's Bar in Paullina.