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Young business owner reopens The Station in Deer Creek

Emily Astles is the owner of The Station in Deer Creek, where you can find fuel, food, drinks and more. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

While many recent graduates may be taking the summer to think about what they really want to do with their lives, 19-year-old Emily Astles decided running a business suited her well. Doing so in her hometown was even better.

Astles, a 2016 WDC graduate, recently took over ownership of The Station in Deer Creek from previous owner Cole Zeise. The Station is a gas station and convenience store located at the intersection of County Roads 50 and 106 (Main Ave. and 1st Street). Astles said she took over The Station May 1, but reopened the business May 19 after taking inventory of all involved in the business.

Prior to being the owner/operator, she worked as an employee of Zeise's at The Station, selling gasoline, coffee, snacks and offering conversation to the many farmers before heading to work and folks heading to the lakes.

"I was born and raised in Deer Creek," Astles said. And it's the hometown crowd that keeps the place busy, with crowds of locals gathering there each morning. She names most by the first name as they come in to catch up and get something to keep them on the go.

"I just think it's so important for a small town to have a place for people to gather," Astles said. "Everyone wants to talk."

Now folks have been gathering for lunch as well with the addition of a frier that offers a selection of hot fried lunch items. Astles said she is thinking about additional baked goods and possibly live bait that she could offer for sale.

The Astles name comes up alot around Deer Creek, whether it's the trucking business, construction business or the farm. You can catch up on any of those and more, with a stop there soon. Hours at The Station are 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Friday; 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Michael Johnson

Johnson is a graduate of Verndale Public School. He earned his associate's degree from Central Lakes College with an emphasis in English and natural resources. He earned his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he graduated cum laude in 2008. While there, he double-majored in English and Print Journalism. He's reported for The Advocate, student newspaper of MSUM; The Barnesville Record Review in Barnesville, Minn.; Clay County Historical Society in Moorhead, Minn.; Gillette News Record in Gillette Wyo.; Underwood News in Underwood, N.D.; and The Leader-News in Washburn, N.D. and the Brainerd Dispatch in Brainerd, Minn. Johnson has worked as a reporter for the Pioneer Journal and Perham Focus since Nov. 2017.

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