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Tom Materi owns and operates The Wilkin Drink and Eatery in Breckenridge. The restaurant has been in business for 117 years. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

117-year-old Wilkin still busy: Restaurant serves up burgers, brews in downtown Breckenridge

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BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. - The majority of independent restaurants go out of business within just a few years of opening.

But 117 years later, The Wilkin Drink & Eatery is still bucking the trend here along Minnesota Avenue, blocks away from the bridge that connects Breckenridge to Wahpeton, N.D.

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Ryan Johnson
After four years of covering news for the Grand Forks Herald and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Ryan Johnson has been a features reporter for The Forum's Variety section since 2013. His prior beats included politics, business, city government and higher education. Johnson is a 2008 alumnus of the University of North Dakota. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to
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