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Derrick and Autumn Lehrke ready for the soft opening of their new business venture, Opinion Brewing Company. The couple are renovating the 12,000-square-foot Red Rock Saloon in Newport. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Last call for Newport's Red Rock Saloon as Lehrkes prepare for brewpub


The Red Rock Saloon, a small-town watering hole that has provided spirits and bar fare to area patrons for decades is now days away from undergoing an extensive remodel that will give south Washington County its first brewpub.

A week ago, new owners and Cottage Grove residents Autumn and Derrick Lehrke finalized the purchase of the 12,000-square-foot bar and bowling alley, and are giving patrons one last weekend to soak up the nostalgia.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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