Answer Man: Perfect strike planned for Olympic Bowl

Thnew B & B Olympic Bowl is arising from the ashes of the old in Preston. The landmark along U.S. 52 was destroyed by fire on New Year's Day, and the owners are hoping to reopen by Jan. 1, 2017.
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Dear Answer Man, do you know what they're building along Highway 52 in Preston?

Of course I do, I know everything. That's the rebuilding of the B & B Olympic Bowl, which burned up on New Year's Day in a fire that was devastating for all concerned — the B & B was a beloved Preston landmark, and it's great news that they're rebuilding. Shelly Hanson, who owns the business with her husband, Paul, says they hope to have it open by New Year's Day, 2017. "We're hoping for that — it would be bittersweet" but meaningful to get it open a year to the day after the fire, Shelly says.

The new B & B will be bigger and better than ever — 11,160 square feet, about 2,300 square feet more than the old building, with a bigger dining room, bar and kitchen, and eight bowling lanes, the same as before. Construction started in early June.

Shelly and Paul have owned the business for seven years but she's worked there for 18 years, and it's been around since the 1950s. It's at 401 Kansas St. NW, a few blocks down the road from the Preston Tourism Office.

Ilene Edwards, a part-time employee who shot the pic above, said by email that the "loss of the B & B has been a devastating blow to Preston, not just for the owners and employees, but for residents, bowlers and visitors to our area. Since the rebuild has started, the town is buzzing.


"Shelly and Paul and all the B & B employees are so very thankful to the southeast Minnesota community for the amazing outpouring of support," she said. "Without the people in this area, the rebuild would not be possible."

I'm not much of a bowler, but here's today's Answer Man aphorism:When life deals you a split, just pick it up.

Mr. Answer Guy, regarding your column of July 22, about how the lines were out the door at Starbucks a few weeks ago because of the Jehovah's Witnesses convention in Rochester: The last I heard, Jehovah's Witnesses don't drink coffee. So I DON'T think they would be standing in line waiting for a cup of Joe. I'm a Lutheran and our coffee is important.

I really like your column when you get it right. — Ms. Kenyon

Then you really like my column all the time, Ms. Kenyon, because I was right about that point as well. I checked with David Wilson, media contact for the Jehovah's Witnesses convention that returns to Mayo Civic Center for its final weekend of the summer today, and he said, "There's certainly no prohibition on coffee" or caffeine.

There's no prohibition on alcohol either, assuming it's consumed in moderation, he said. There's plenty of evidence for that in Scripture, David points out.

So, if you're looking for java in the skyways today, leave a little extra time, whether you're Lutheran or Jehovah's Witness.

Just another myth busted by this column.


Disappointing news

In Wednesday's masterpiece , I told you about the air dancers, those whippy, cigarette-shaped fabric scarecrows, that are waving around atop two Rochester water towers to keep turkey vultures away. The vultures tend to make a mess that drips down around the tower and requires costly cleanup.

In that item, I said, "FYI, if you look very closely, the air dancer on the Apache Mall tower may say, "Read the Answer Man every day."

Well, I heard from a reader with a high-power telescope that it doesn't, which is disappointing. Maybe he needs a better telescope.

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