A farewell affair

Not all goodbyes have to be sad happenings.

In just a couple of weeks, Bud "Stub" Rommel, known to many as an icon in the Kellogg area, and his wife, Nan, will say goodbye to Stub's Pub and Grill , 100 North Sheppard St., Kellogg, a well-known bar and grill they've been running since 2007. As part of their farewell, the couple will host two can't-miss parties.

From 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Stub and Nan are hosting a customer appreciation celebration. Stub will also be celebrating his 70th birthday, so they'll toast to both occasions with two DJs and family-style sandwiches and hors d'oeuvres served throughout the day.

Then from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. April 29, Quick Country radio host and DJ Alan Reed will send the couple off in style as part of Stub's Farewell party. The party actually starts at 2 p.m. with another DJ and a complimentary meal served until the food is gone.

About Stub, longtime friend and Stub's night manager Patty Ricesays, "He's well-liked by everyone he's met. He's done a fabulous job in the four years he's been in the Kellogg area."


About the bar and grill, Rice says Stub's has turned out to one of the go-to places for nightlife and food. "The food is incredible — some people come in just for the tartar sauce," she says. "There's a great atmosphere here, and legendary service."

Rice says now that Stub has fulfilled his dream of owning his own bar, he and his wife are looking forward to taking time off to spend time with family and to travel the area.

As for the future of Stub's? "I'm going to stay on with the new owners," Rice says of John Gusaand Tiffany Benson, who will take over the bar and grill on May 1. "They plan to keep the name the same and not make any immediate changes."

Sip, walk or ride

Whether you're looking to adopt a new furry friend or not, Paws and Claws Humane Society is offering several options to support them.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 29, head out to the Rochester Athletic Club for the fourth annual wine taster. This year's benefit will feature a variety of wines, appetizers and silent auction items, including an autographed Billy Joel guitar.

Cost is $25 in advance through Paws and Claws, 288-7226 or, or $30 at the door.

Also coming up is the annual pet walkon May 7 and the first-ever motorcycle rideon May 21 (pledge forms available online or at Paws and Claws).


Learn about Leinie

While I always try to stay in the loop when to comes to new beer releases, here's a bit of brew news you can learn from.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday in Page Theatre at Saint Mary's University in Winona, Jake Leinenkugel, president of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. in Chippewa Falls, Wis., will highlight the legacy of the Leinenkugel family.

The company's founder, Jacob Leinenkugel, first found his home in Chippewa Falls in the 1860s. More than 140 years and five generations later, the company continues to satisfy beer-lovers' taste buds across the Midwest.

Leinenkugel’s presentation will include "a brief history of the company, along with an overview of the brewing industry, water stewardship and the renaissance of brewing used in the 21st century."

"I feel privileged to follow in my great-great-grandfather’s and father’s footsteps into this wonderful business," he said in a press release. "We are fortunate to have so many loyal fans that love and support our products, and I feel it is important to interact with as many of them as possible."

There is no cost to attend. For questions, call (507) 457-6978 or email

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