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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Scott's Dairy Freeze cools during heat wave

Conner Litsjo, 6, of North Bend, left, has a vanilla ice cream cone while his brother Logan, 9, has a milkshake to cool off at Scott's Dairy Freeze in North Bend, Monday July 1, 2013 as the evening sun gets low. The burger and ice cream stand was started by Al and Dorothy Scott in 1951, a full three years before Dick's Drive-In, owner Ken Hearing is quick to note. Hearing isn't just the owner though - he's been the Mayor of North Bend since 2004, and is serving his third term. "It's the oldest Puget Sound fast food restaurant," Hearing said. "And the best burgers in the valley." He bought Scott's Dairy Freeze a full 23 years ago - on July 2nd, 1990 - but don't ask him if the sign will ever read "Ken's". "Only vanity would suggest I change the name," Hearing said.