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Minnesota's only ham radio store has last hurrah

The business held its last sidewalk sale on Saturday

In yet another sign of the times, Minnesota's last-remaining ham radio store is winding down operations and preparing to close after 36 years in business.

Radio City, located in Mounds View, held its final sidewalk sale on Saturday. 

This past week, owners Dan and Maline Fish announced on their website that it's "time to retire."

"We are so thankful for the many years of support and we have enjoyed working (with) you, our customers," they wrote in the Tuesday announcement. 

A "goodbye party" is scheduled for Saturday, October 6. However, the actual closing date is up in the air, as the Fishes "plan to exit by this year's end or a bit sooner as we empty our shelves of new and used materials."

The store describes itself as "Minnesota's only Full Service Amateur Radio Dealer," but Dan told FOX 9 that it's actually "one of only a handful of ham radio stores left in the country."

The station says Radio City has had a "huge impact" on the ham radio hobby "throughout the region and beyond."

However, there may be a flicker of hope for the store's future.

"Perhaps there is someone out there interested in running the store under New Management," the owners mused in a tweet last week. 

There's no word on any takers yet, so for the time being, Radio City's days seem to be drawing to a close. 

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