RE: Beef Jerky
The best I have found is from Nick’s Meat Market in Hayward, MN. Hayward is just 10-15 minutes East on I-90 off of 35W, I-90 and 35W intersect in Albert Lea, MN. If you are ever heading that way, it’s worth a detour to pick some up. You don’t need directions once you are in Hayward, it’s like two blocks long.
The pieces are huge and have just the right amount of “chew” to them, not overly dry. They've racked up quite of few awards with their jerkey.