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Coates RV serves barbecue and long-term plans

Following a recent Pine Journal story about business growth in the Esko Industrial Park and Esko in general, one of the Coates RV owners, Sarah Coates Lange, decided to have a community barbecue at the park to answer questions and clarify the fut...

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Following a recent Pine Journal story about business growth in the Esko Industrial Park and Esko in general, one of the Coates RV owners, Sarah Coates Lange, decided to have a community barbecue at the park to answer questions and clarify the future plans for the business and its 11 lots in the Esko Industrial Park between Highway 61 and Interstate 35.

Coates RV currently makes its home in Scanlon, at the former Kolar Chevrolet site, where they sell and service their recreational vehicles, after a planned site in the Esko Industrial Park was stalled after the Minnesota Department of Transportation stopped the business from removing some of the trees along the highway to create more visibility.

For now the Scanlon location meets all of the needs of the business, Lange said. She added that they would like to move forward at the Esko location and eventually move in the next few years.

Among those enjoying the free food Thursday, Aug. 25, were West and Gert Erickson, Esko retirees who have already sold their house and are thinking about the future. They had remodeled an old school bus (Wes is a former bus driver) which was nice but had no bathrooms, according to the Ericksons. They admitted with a laugh that the cabinets in the old bus were better quality than the ones in their house.

“I think we might be interested in buying one of these,” Wes said about the RVs at the site.

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