A couple who moved out of the Twin Cities to pursue the good life in northern Minnesota have been forced to abandon their dream due to a terminal cancer diagnosis.
Robert and Shauna Banta fell in love after working together for many years and realized their feelings for each other as their time as colleagues was due to come to an end.
They married in 2013 and headed north, looking for a life of hiking, camping and fishing, and realized the second part of their dream in 2016 when they acquired the Screaming Eagle restaurant in Pelican Rapids.
But their dream suffered a massive setback this past January, when what was originally thought to be bronchitis and back pain for Robert turned out to be cancer.
Friends of the couple had issued an appeal in March in the form of a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help with their bills and keep the restaurant open.
Unfortunately, Robert's condition has since worsened considerably and after the latest treatment didn't work, they have decided to stop treatment. He's now on in-home hospice care.
As a result, the couple are returning to the Twin Cities and are closing Screaming Eagle, with its final day of business this Saturday between 7-11 a.m.
"We are managing his pain and the hospice team has us set up with equipment so he is more comfortable at the house," Shauna Banta wrote on the restaurant's Facebook page.
"Robert would like for us to return to the Twin Cities so we can be closer to our support system of family and friends. Therefore we will be closing Screaming Eagle."
You can contribute to the fundraiser for the couple here. As of Dec. 9, it has raised just over $5,500.