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The family tradition begun by Emma Johnson and her husband Stan in 1934 lives on today with her adult children, Marlys Smith and owner Lynn Johnson. Phil Pfuehler photo

Family run with gusto and now turning 75

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It was a ma & pa operation but the ma -- otherwise known as Emma -- was the driving force.

River Falls natives from the local Bohemian Settlement Stan and Emma Johnson bought the Silver Dome at Main and Maple streets in July 1934.

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They renamed it Johnson's. The kept it as a restaurant that sold beer.

Marlys Smith, 79, the couple's daughter, said of her mother, "It was her baby from the start."

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