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Gordy Olson, owner of Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse, smiles as he bags smoked fish for customer Ted Ford of Duluth on Friday. The business was badly damaged in a May 11 fire. Olson, with the help of friends, got the shop back up and running this week. The attached bar is still closed. (Bob King /

After devastating fire, Russ Kendall's Smokehouse is open again

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Gordy Olson was animated and smiling again. That wasn’t something he was able to project in the days and weeks after the May 11 fire that tore through the rear of the family-owned Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse.


“I’m so happy to get the feeling of normalcy here,” said Olson, who re-opened the iconic North Shore fish market Thursday.

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