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This is a rough sketch of how Laporte would be transformed if a multi-governmental agency partnership can be harnessed. The development plans envision a stopoff or starting destination point for Paul Bunyan Trail users, locals and visitors passing through town. (Conceptual drawing)

A meat based economy? Laporte's chops beginning to show

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The mayor of Laporte has some meaty aspirations for his corner grocery store and his town.

Craig Mackey's butcher shop at Laporte Grocery & Meats is the cog that drives the store engine.


Now he's added a smoker that can flavor 3,000 pounds of meat at a crack.

Over the holiday weekend, visitors and residents dined on smoked brats, pulled pork sandwiches and beef brisket at an outdoor tent. Those profits are donated to the July 4th fireworks for 2012.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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