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By Andi Bourne

Hungry Bear owners retire after 23 years


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Mike and Sue Holmes at their home on the Gordon Ranch. They will continue to work at the ranch in their retirement.

SWAN VALLEY – For the past 23 winters, Mike Holmes has been starting a fire every morning at the Hungry Bear Steak House at 6:30 a.m. Every winter he brings in 30 cords of firewood for the Hungry Bear and the Gordon Ranch. This winter he can relax a little bit after he and his wife Sue sold the Swan Valley restaurant and retired July 1.

The Holmes agreed to be successful business owners in the Valley, they had to invest a lot of time in the restaurant, working it and being there. While Mike won't miss starting the fire that early, the Holmes said they will miss all the staff and the loca...

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