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Beans are a time-honored tradition in Pequot Lakes

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As is tradition, a continuous long line of people snaked its way through Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes on Wednesday afternoon, July 10, for free beans.

Not just any beans, of course. These top secret-recipe beans were baked underground overnight in the park in giant cast iron kettles.

Not just any cast iron kettles. These 35- to 40-gallon kettles have names — Baby Olga, Big Bertha, Ole, Lena and Sven.

The kettles were unburied and hoisted up one by one on a sunny afternoon to be served along with a bun and Culligan water to residents and visitors.

Of course, royalty old and new was present. Miss Pequot Lakes Angela Cole and First Princess Cheyenne Wilson were accompanied by their escorts, Katie Nelson and Leah Johnson.

The 2012 king bean and queen bean, Earl Johnston and Holly Holm, crowned their successors, Tyler Tappe and Mary Peterson. The new bean royalty was the first to taste the first pot of beans to make sure they were safe for the crowd.

Just another Bean Hole Day tradition in Pequot Lakes.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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