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Local Man Crafts Homemade Hotdog Cart

Ward Danielson, known to many as the bar­ber in Silver Bay, recently fulfilled an over 30 year dream of owning his own hotdog cart. Back in the late 1980s, Danielson read a “very intriguing” Reader’s Digest article about a man in New York City who had a hot­dog cart and was very successful financially just working the lunch rush. At the time, Dan­ielson worked for Bruce Reed, the barber in Coon Rapids, and he recalls that he and Reed regularly talked about starting a hotdog cart.

In the summer of 2022, Danielson be­gan working on the hotdog cart. He made it with the help of Eric Schultz from Electro­forge Custom Welding, crafting a memorable homemade cart, painted bright red. Danielson finished the cart in time for the Bay Days Pa­rade, and obtained a grant from Lovin’ Lake County, allowing him to purchase and give away 400 hotdogs from Zups.

When asked what the biggest challenge was with building a hotdog cart, Danielson replied that it was the certification process. The cart was the first homemade item to pass inspection, and it passed “with flying colors.”

An avid boater, Danielson spends much of his summer on Lake Vermillion. This sum­mer, he plans to take the hotdog cart – dubbed the North Shore Hotdog Cart – with him. In the fall, he’ll return to the North Shore to do some fall and winter events.

Danielson offers advice to anyone looking to start up a small business like he did: talk to someone in that business. “They’re going to be the encouraging ones,” he says, adding that they also are “the ones who know the di­rection you need to go.”

Keep a look out for the bright red North Shore Hotdog Cart – whether you’re up on Lake Vermillion this summer, or here on the Shore this fall. Best wishes to Ward Daniel­son with this new venture!

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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