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February 28, 2013

Bethany students helping coordinate cafe giveaway in Sherburn

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MANKATO —

The class decided to do the same. That way they can get to know a little bit about applicants in their two- to three-page essays, why they want to own Cup ’N Saucer, and what they plan to do with the place.

Gene Scheppmann is willing to stay on for a few months after the new owners take over to help them get on their feet.

Applications will start coming in from March 7 to April 8. In the meantime, each student is assigned to a task. LaPlante is meeting with the Economic Development Authority and the Sherburn mayor, garnering input from the town and discussing marketing strategies, such as possibly putting up a billboard and creating a Web presence for Cup ’N Saucer.

Hough is working with media. Huckaby is the liaison to Gene Scheppmann, whom she describes as humble and very knowledgeable about business. In Nevada, she said he runs a construction company and his father owned a restaurant.

The students, even though they’ve only been involved for a couple of weeks, said they feel a connection to Cup ’N Saucer and a deep responsibility to make sure it ends up in good hands.

“After going down there, we definitely do,” Hough said.

“We don’t want to be the people to ruin the town,” LaPlante said.

The new owners of Cup ’N Saucer will be announced May 2.

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