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Friends and Neighbors: Laura Whelchel

Rural life is just what the Whelchels wanted


Dawn Fossand

Laura Whelchel stands at the counter at Laura Lee's Double L Country Store in Banner County. Whelchel, a long-time Banner County Resident recently opened the store where the Hilltop Cafe once was.

Choosing to trade a somewhat urban lifestyle in Colorado for a more peaceful rural life in Banner County fits the Whelchel family just fine.

Laura, her husband, Dave, and two children are glad they did just 16 years ago.

"It was getting too populated where we were in Colorado," Laura said. "We always came here to go camping and we always enjoyed it, so we thought, 'Well, we'll just look for a farm.'"

When they found their current home, she said they just decided to jump in.

Their family has also expanded in that time. The Whelchels went from their family of four to a family of nine all wit...

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