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For decades, Kevin Huebscher has watched nearby farm stands fall prey to big box stores and convenience. But he held on for 42 years, slinging his fruits and vegetables along the road in Inver Grove Heights.
People came, on average 100 a day, seven days a week in the summer, to visit Kev’s Korner — a neighborhood institution of fresh produce, kitsch and corny jokes.
That ended last week when Huebscher, 50, closed one of the last roadside markets in Dakota County. He has been leasing the land and had to close because the owner plans to sell it to a housing developer, he said.
But even in the market’s last week it was business — and jokes — as usual.
“Everything’s got to go! Even me,” Huebscher said.