Keith Glasgow, owner of the Log Cabin in Brainerd for the past 24 years, died Sunday at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. He was 73.
After working for 3M for 30 years, Glasgow bought the Log Cabin with his wife, Betty, in 1969.
"We needed something to do so we came to Brainerd and bought the Log Cabin," Betty said.
For the next 24 years the Glasgows worked split shifts. Betty opened the doors in the morning and worked until 4:30 p.m. while Keith ran errands in the morning and then worked the bar until the 1 a.m. closing.
Employee Vicki Johnson, who has worked at the Log Cabin for the past 25 years, remembered her former boss with fondness.
"He was a great person to work for and we had a lot of fun times," Johnson said. "They both have been fabulous to me. I wouldn't have stayed this long otherwise."
Perhaps the times Keith Glasgow enjoyed most were the openings of deer hunting season and fishing season. Both were festive occasions at the Log Cabin. A moose feed marked the first two weekends of the November firearms deer season and a fish fry kept the customers coming during the first two weekends of the walleye season in May. The Log Cabin also sponsored a big buck contest that brought in hundreds of entries over the years.
"It was a real drawing card," Johnson said. "The place would just be booming."
"He loved that deer contest," Betty Glasgow said. "He loved the people and the excitement of it all. He knew all the hunters. The same ones came back year after year. But it got to be too much for him to handle so we didn't have it the last two years. He missed it so much."
Though pain of illness slowed Keith Glasgow in his last years, he continued working until the Friday after this past Thanksgiving, when he closed the bar for the final time.
"He never lost his sense of humor," Johnson said. "And he never let on how bad he was hurting. He kept the business open even though we closed a little earlier at night. A few days before Christmas we closed at two o'clock in the afternoon. He told me, 'You need some time off. Go home and get your Christmas stuff done.' "
Rumors that the Log Cabin will close are unfounded, Betty Glasgow said.
"The Log Cabin will be open. I'll stay there," she said.
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