Local restaurant carries on tradition of giving despite loss

Casper's Cherokee Tavern in West St. Paul has given free Thanksgiving dinners to those who can't afford or cook them since 1983. But a fire last month to Jim and Rick Casper's Eagan restaurant almost stopped the tradition. Despite facing $750 thousand in damages, the brothers knew they had to go forward, no matter the cost.
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Casper's Cherokee Tavern in West St. Paul has given free Thanksgiving dinners to those who can't afford or cook them since 1983. But a fire last month to Jim and Rick Casper's Eagan restaurant almost stopped the tradition. Despite facing $750 thousand in damages, the brothers knew they had to go forward, no matter the cost.

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