About Me

Twenty years ago I asked a Tarot card reader what would I be doing when I was 50. She replied, “I see you doing something so wildly creative, it defies a job title.” Only recently did I realize that was a slick way of saying, “I have no idea of what you’ll be doing.” But that prediction kept me charging ahead to the fifties with zeal and anticipation. Now that the future is today, I’m ready for anything!

A Classical Gas Station:
The Bruno Deep Rock

The Bruno Deep Rock on State Highway 23, Bruno.

If the guy in your life doesn’t want to stop at the apple orchard on the way to see the fall colors in Duluth, suggest a side trip to Bruno, Minnesota.

The Bruno Deep Rock is a full-service gas station built in 1956. The service area will remind you of your grandfather's garage. The Deep Rock isn't your typical franchise service place, with a carpeted waiting room with a TV and coffeepot. Mechanic Denny Molgaard told me about two couples vacationing from Indiana who stopped at the station. The two women were annoyed because they couldn't tear the guys away from poking around the shop. "You just don't see places like this anymore!," they enthused.

Your grandfather's service area.

The Bruno Deep Rock is full service.

Waiting for the parts guy.
Denny is the mechanic who serviced my 1996 Saturn for over 160,000 miles.The car had plenty of issues, but it was paid for and it still got 35 miles per gallon after 10 years. I attribute that to Denny. I valued his expertise; he valued my business. He went out of his way to save me money on repairs; I went out of my way to bake treats for the shop. This recipe for Chocolate Malted Cookies from A Taste of Home was their favorite.

The Bruno Deep Rock is on State Highway 23 at the corner of County Road 41. The phone number is 320-838-3434.

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  1. What a great slice of Americana! I love places like this with people that you can trust. There are few of them left. I'm a big fan of malt - I'll have to make those cookies. I already printed out the recipe! Thanks for the post! ~Suerae

  2. You'll love the recipe -- so many tastes of chocolate bumping up against each other. The guys loved them because they were heavy on chocolate and easy to eat. Yep, if you miss the days of shadetree mechanics and cars with carburetors, the Deep Rock is the place to be. Thanks for reading! Susan

  3. I don't know what we would do without Denny and the Deep Rock. Whenever I go in for an oil change, he checks everything over and has caught small problems before they turned into bigger, more expensive ones.

  4. That's what keeps customers coming back. Saving a customer a little money one day translates into years of business.

    Deb, I really like the new background you have for your blog - very autumn-y. Will you be showing photos of the fall colors?

  5. Thanks Susan. Yes, I'll have a little spare time this afternoon waiting for sports practices to be over, so I think a walk at Banning State Park is in order! The colors really came out overnight here.

  6. I have been checking out a few of your stories and i can state pretty good stuff. I will definitely bookmark your blog. mobile truck repair

  7. Thanks Maxx! I no longer work on this blog so what you see is what I've got. Thank you for sharing your kind thoughts...I'm glad you're enjoying!


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