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Marlene Dyer, front, and Mara Crombie work to package freshly roasted coffee at Ox and Crow Coffee  Roasters in downtown Lake Elmo. (Submitted photo)

It was Mara Crombie's dream to open a coffee shop, but realizing that dream has been far from easy.

The Lake Elmo resident tried unsuccessfully to open a coffee shop in 2016 in Lake Elmo, but was able to later purchase the former Coffee Cottage in downtown Mahtomedi in May 2017. Crombie renamed the shop Ox and Crow Coffeehouse — an ox to symbolize the hardworking farmers and the social crow to depict community. What followed was two years of intense road construction just outside their door.

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