My wife and I retreated to her hometown of Fergus Falls this past weekend.

In light of the growing fears and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, the opening weekend of my wife's musical was cancelled, and we needed a change of scenery. So we made a spontaneous trip this past weekend up to Fergus Falls to spend some time with her family.

On Saturday, we visited a cute specialty gift shop and local favorite called The Market. The Market features a great array of locally made and sourced gifts and products of all sorts -- from kitchen utensils to tableclothes and place mats, lotions and "man stuff" to various soaps, dresses and footwear to kids games, toys and apparel. The Market also carries one of my favorite brands of coffee in the world -- Stumbeanos Coffee Roasters.  While perusing the selection available, I happened to read a neat story printed on the back of one bag of beans I'd never heard before -- that of the "World's Coffee Drinking Champion."

Apparently, the "World's Coffee Drinking Champion" (at least at one time) is a Minnesota man and Fergus Falls native named Gus Comstock. On January 11, 1927 he set a world record for most coffee consumed; over the course of six hours Gus drank 85 cups of coffee. According to a doctor on hand, he was "normal except for a slight increase in temperature." According to the story as re-told by the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Gus also went on to attempt world records for milk and beer drinking as well.

I asked my wife later if she'd ever heard of Gus Comstock; she admitted she hadn't, though she was familiar with the Kaddatz Hotel downtown Fergus Falls where Comstock accomplished his feat.

I love hearing the local claims to fame in small towns like Fergus Falls. What's your current town or hometown's claim to fame?


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