Isanti County resident, local historian
We are all urged to recycle. As a result we save newspapers, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and other items that can be used again.
However, did you ever give thought to the idea that a building could be recycled?
If you drive south on Main Street in Cambridge, there is a building that has a rather interesting history.
That building now sits on the Bow Ties used car lot. At an earlier time that building was located between the Scotsman/Isanti County News and the Bible Book Store.
Of course the Scotsman building was once a Chrysler Auto dealer, and the book store housed Viotti’s, a ladies dress shop. The building were looking at was once a Minneapolis Moline farm implement business.
After that use it became an early form of a fast food outlet, that featured the California Burger, a hamburger with a tomato slice and a bit of lettuce.
Somewhere along the way the building was moved to its present location on south Main Street where it was known as the “Doodle Bug,” a restaurant. When it was the “Doodle Bug” the sheriff suspected the owner was selling liquor without a license.
This was at a time when Isanti County was a dry county, and alcohol was not allowed to be sold. At the request of the sheriff, agents from the State Liquor Commissioner’s Office investigated to see if the sheriff’s suspicions were true.
Sorry to say the agents were never able to make an illegal buy. Now if your looking to buy a used car, the deal can be closed in a building that has been around for a long time and has served many purposes. So just remember newspapers aren’t the only items that can be recycled.
This story originally appeared in the May 26 Isanti County News.