The screen play for both " Grumpy & Grumpier Old Men " were written by Hastings, Minnesota native Mark Steven Johnson, who's grandfather, old man Gilbert lived in Wabasha, an avid fisherman who frequented Slippery's. The Clickner's lived across the street from Max & John, (Walter Mathua & Jack Lemon) in the movies and in real life lived across the street from Gilbert. The main idea for the stories came from Marks memories of the time he spent with his grandfather in Wabasha, and the characters in the movies were fashioned from real people who still live here in town. (Although no one really knows who they are, some of us have a pretty good idea). As for all the famous insults & quips, many came from Slippery himself.
In the famous ice fishing scene Max & John went to Indian Slough, which is about a mile down stream from Slippery's. Faribault, Minnesota was chosen for its resemblance of a small Minnesota downtown area, the train station in the opening scenes of the first movie was actually the Depot Bar & Grill in Faribault, Slippery's Bar in the movies was really Half Time Rec Bar in St. Paul. Interior shots of the Homes were actually made in Paisley Park sound stage in Chanhassen. The room shots were furnished with antiques purchased from shops in Stillwater. Filming locations included buildings & scenic overlooks from all over the state: the city center in Red Wing, a vintage drugstore in Faribault, Hyacinth Ave. in St. Paul - Lake Phalen district, which had houses of the pre WWI era, was used for the exterior of the main characters homes. The church in the wedding scenes is in Chisago - Lindstrom area. The overlook scenes from the top of the bluff were shot at Hilltop City Park in Red Wing. The ice houses were shot on Rebecca Lake near Delano: interior shots were filmed in studio sets.
Sets for the movies were built by Wabasha native Blaine Marcou, whos dad's Real Estate sign can be seen in the movies. The ice house was fortunately rescued and is sitting in Slippery's Gift Shop, which can be seen through the window of Ragetti's Restaurant in " Grumpier Old Men".