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Peddling ice cream and more

Red Wing teens enjoy ice cream after an afternoon on the Cannon River. Trout Scream Cafe in Welch is a popular stop for tubers. George Nemanich, Tom Nemanich, Meyer Beckner, Sam Johnson, Asa Beckner, Ashley Knowlton and CeCe Smith stopped in on Monday. (Republican Eagle photo by Samantha Bengs)

By Samantha Bengs

WELCH — After 14 years of owning the Trout Scream Cafe, Peggy Hansen says she knows she has a special place on her hands. Nestled in the heart of Welch, the cafe is a gathering spot for locals and tourists alike.

“People are always in a good mood when they come here,” Hansen said. “Our regulars are in for breakfast in the morning, then tourists arrive for lunch and ice cream in the afternoon.”

Open seasonally from May to December, Trout Scream offers breakfast, lunch and ice cream.

“What you see is what you get, and it’s been that way for quite some time,” Hansen said. A few dishes on the menu have become customer favorites, including Cajun and Mexican breakfast platters and “Peggy’s Stuff,” which features hash browns, onions, green pepper and Cajun spice mixed together with two scrambled eggs.

Trout Scream’s proximity to the Cannon Valley Trail and Welch Mill Tubing brings in a lot of new faces to the cafe.

“Some days, we see hundreds of new people, but every day is different,” Hansen said. “The weather really dictates the tourist traffic.”

The cafe balances a healthy mix of locals and tourists, Hansen said. “Even with the tourists, I really depend on my regular locals,” Hansen said. “We have a unique, quaint place for people to come together for a meal.”

The historic building that houses Trout Scream is near 100 years old, Hansen said. Initially a bank, then general store for many years, the building adds to the feel of the cafe.

“This space just tends to make you feel good,” Hansen said. “I really enjoy seeing friends, family, and interesting new people every day.”

The Trout Scream Cafe is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.