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The Outpost in Huntersville has welcomed clientele attuned to the great outdoors for decades. Owner Jeff Pederson sees duck hunters, deer hunters, ATV riders, fisherfolk and snowmobilers at the location that's a stone's throw from the Crow Wing River. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Outpost in Huntersville an oasis for appetites

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The trophies on the Outpost walls in Huntersville reflect the area's heritage of hunting, trapping and fishing.

Modes of transportation may have evolved through the decades - ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles are now parked at the front door - but the eatery and pub on Old Bridge Road retains classic hospitality.

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Jeff Pederson assumed ownership of the establishment in April. Originally from Nimrod, he returned to the area where he's worked as a contractor for several years.

Now he's put down the hammer and picked up the spatula, figuratively. His background in construction still comes into play.

"I've changed it quite a bit, but it needs a lot of love yet," he said of plans to continue building upgrades.

Meanwhile, he's welcoming deer and duck hunters, fisherfolk and those on a variety of transportation modes - ATV riders, horseback riders, tubers on the river, motorcyclists and snowmobilers. A groomed trail runs by the building, the nearby river drawing riders.

And all bring appetites.

The Outpost offers a full bar with a "great selection of wine and beer" and a grand menu - "burgers a big part of it."

Food is grilled, not fried, he emphasizes. Nightly drinks and dinner specials are available.

The Angus burgers are half-pounders, with a variety of options to add spice and flavor. The "junk basket" appetizer is earning cheers.

Bands entertain during trail ride weekends and Frankly Country (Frank Lamb of Akeley) performs from 1 to 5 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month.

The Outpost is the place to be when the Vikings play. "Vikes score, I pour," Pederson said.

A pool league is starting this fall, with entrants welcome.

The former ball field adjacent to the Outpost has become an RV campground with water and electric hook-ups.

He added a patio area this summer to accommodate smokers, a popular move.

Gas is available for those arriving in motorized vehicles.

The Outpost opens at 11 a.m. 'til closing Monday through Saturday and noon to midnight Sundays.

From Park Rapids, head south on CSAH 6, go south in Hubbard and continue on CSAH 6 into Wadena County on CSAH 23. Watch for the Huntersville sign, and head east on CSAH 18. The Outpost, 23115 Old Bridge Rd., is approximately 20 miles from Park Rapids.

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