Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Ellen Wood of Winnett

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Ellen Wood of Winnett who has been serving up hospitality to the folks in Petroleum County for the past twenty-five years.



Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. 

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:


Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, this week, I have the distinct honor of recognizing Ellen Wood of Winnett.  Ellen has been serving up hospitality to the folks in Petroleum County for the past twenty-five years.  Her culinary prowess have also pleased the taste buds of many others well beyond her central Montana community.   

In 1992, Ellen decided it was time to make an occupational change and purchased the Kozy Korner Bar and Cafe.  It was not long after that The Kozy Korner became known for its delicious pies.   Hunters, ranchers, tourists and locals are all fortunate if they get a slice.  Some even call ahead just to make sure they won’t leave  empty handed.  You know a pie is good when you have to make reservations.  Ellen has even shipped her homemade pies to repeat customers around the country.  In addition to her pies, Gourmet Magazine did an article in 2005 on Ellen’s plate sized pancakes.  It is no wonder that every five years during the Winnett all-school class reunion, the Kozy Korner serves as a hub of activity for the local community. A quarter century of hospitality and service to her neighbors and guests is a great accomplishment.   

Being a small business owner is tough work, but Ellen had a trusted partner in her husband Buck.  He was United States Marine Corps veteran with over four years of service in Vietnam.  He helped her run the Kozy Korner until he passed away in 2014.  Today, Buck’s Bacon Cheeseburger is still one of the favorite menu items for Kozy Korner patrons.  Hometown cafes are a staple of our Montana communities, and so are people like Ellen and Buck.  With that community spirit in mind, it is an honor to say thank you to Ellen for making a corner of Petroleum County a comfortable place to visit.  If you are going to stop in, just remember to call ahead if you want a piece of the marionberry pie.