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Met on Main Street: Kyle McNally

Kyle McNally smiles during our conversation outside the Tin Ceiling on Main Street in Park Rapids. (Nick Longworth / Enterprise)

‘Met on Main Street’ is a new column   featuring people met at random exclusively on Main Street in Park Rapids.

By Nick Longworth

On the first day that truly reminded me summer would return again, I met Kyle McNally.

Just outside The Tin Ceiling on Main Street, it was around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9.

Walking down the sidewalk heading south, she was alone with only a McDonald’s cup in her hand. With a steady pace, it was visible she was headed somewhere.

Born in Florida, she spent a larger portion of her life within the Chicago area. But once she met her husband Greg through a social gathering, that all changed.

Before they got married, he had told her that he’d vacationed in the Park Rapids area every summer since he was five-years-old, and that one day he wanted to move back to Minnesota.

She couldn’t understand why.

But she moved to Park Rapids with him anyways. Now 31 years later, she can’t even imagine the ‘city life’ anymore.

The former owner of the “Deep Blue Sea” pet store in Park Rapids, in her current profession Kyle is a humanitarian, serving developmentally handicapped adults.

But when the weather gets nice she likes to take a day off and do some gardening, study the Bible, or walk the streets of Park Rapids – leading her directly to me this day.

She sees Main Street as something that more people should utilize, fearing that many leave town to ultimately try and save a buck or two.

Getting her nails and hair done that day, she said she tells her husband that twice a month she’s getting her nails done to “treat herself.”

So far, he’s dealt with it.

Until next time, have a great week. Maybe soon it’s you I will meet.

Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
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