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Betty Lessard, the founder of Betty's Pies, enjoyed a cup of coffee with the current owner, Carl Ehlenz, less than a week before her 90th birthday. She still visits the restaurant every Saturday for breakfast. Photo by LaReesa Sandretsky

Celebrating Betty — and, of course, her many pies

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Betty Lessard is most famous for her pies.

She started Betty’s Pies near Two Harbors in 1956 and spent decades perfecting her pie recipes, which now are incredibly popular. Lessard turns 90 on Tuesday and can look back on a lifetime elbow-deep in lard and flour.

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But before she started a successful restaurant, she had a different dream.

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