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It's not just a cake when Betty Nelson finishes her work -- it's an edible work of art like this one done recently for the reception following a youngster's baptism. Various sizes and styles of cakes are done regularly by Nelson at the store bakery.

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There's no traffic on Blackduck streets at 5 a.m. The overnight lights at Bogart's and Beck's, Timberline gas stations are on but not much else. A bread truck pulls into Blackduck Family Foods, but he doesn't have to wait. From the inside, Betty Nelson comes to the door and lets the driver in.


Her day started half an hour earlier.

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