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Harmony Foods, Preston Foods and Rushford Foods changing product line to IGA


Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

By Jim Hoiness and Brad Hoiness, Owners of Harmony Foods, Preston Foods and Rushford Foods

This past week we began the move back to IGA in our stores in Preston, Harmony and Rushford. This decision has been made after careful consideration and we feel bringing the IGA image, products and programs back to our stores will allow us to better serve you. IGA had been a trusted brand in our communities for over 30 years up until 2003. In 2003, with the bankruptcy of Fleming Companies, our supplier at that time, we were forced to switch to another grocery wholesaler. We chose Nash Finch Company as our main supplier, although they didn't supply the IGA products, they have been a good partner and have served us well over the past seven years.

Our new full service wholesaler, Affiliated Foods Midwest (AFM) is a cooperative serving over 850 grocery stores, owned by it's member retailers. In other words, we as retail grocery store owners we have invested in our warehouse Affiliated Foods Midwest and are now member/owners. Affiliated Foods has had steady growth since 1931 and in 2009 they built a new distribution facility in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the facility our products will come from. AFM offers us an efficient distribution system with improved technology assist us in business operations. This change also offers us new opportunities partnering with other AFM retailers to buy and share truckloads of key products, which will allow us to keep our prices competitive.

IGA stands for the International Grocers Alliance, and there are more than 4,000 IGA Stores in 40 countries. Affiliated Foods is the supplier of IGA brand products in the upper Midwest. In addition IGA products, AFM also supplies Shurfine and Shurfresh branded products, which you'll also see in our stores. In additions to the strong products, IGA has developed an extensive on-line training program to assist us with staff development to better serve you, our customers. Our IGA partners will conduct store assessments throughout the year to help us achieve a higher level of service and standards of operation. Lastly, "HOMETOWN PROUD" is a registered trademark of IGA that fits our mission in the communities we serve. We will continue to do business as "Rushford Foods", "Harmony Foods" and "Preston Foods". On behalf of our staff, we ask for your patience and continued support as we transition to IGA and other new brands in our efforts to serve you better. Your feedback is always welcome, .....
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Fillmore County water plan up for amendment

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Fillmore County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan (2006 - 2015) is currently going through its five-year amendment process. The amended plan is due to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) by December 2010. The main focu ..... 
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Groundbreaking is good news for affordable housing in Rushford

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Times are tough and the construction of new homes has slowed considerably across the country. But here in Rushford the Bybee and Corcoran/Dailey families will mark an important milestone in the construction of their new twin home-and the community i ..... 
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Commerce Department Funding to Advance Bio-Science, Renewable Energy and Global Marketplace Job Growth in Minnesota

Tue, Apr 6th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced $80,000 in grants in the State of Minnesota to boost competitiveness and create jobs.

"Economic recovery and growth are top priorities for th ..... 
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AgStar's Fund is Accepting Grants for County Fair Facility Upgrades

Tue, Apr 6th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Mankato, Minn. (April 6, 2010) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program for AgStar Financial Services, is proud to once again offer a $50,000 grant program to support County Fair Facility Upgrades. The mission of this program i ..... 
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Area food shelves stocked with energy efficient light bulbs

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The annual Minnesota FoodShare Campaign is in full swing and local participating food shelves are stocked with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

The CFLs are part of a promotion by Tri-County Electric Cooperative to en ..... 
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Spud Boy Lunch

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Spud Boy Lunch located in Lanesboro, Minn. had a visitor this past week, Author and teacher Michael Engle from Troy, NY. Mr Engle and Co-Author Mario Monti wrote the book titled Diners of New York. The books consists of 400 diners in the state of Ne ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Senior wins trip to Washington D.C.

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Stephanie Wick, a senior at Rushford-Peterson High School, won an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC's Youth Tour Contest, Wick will represent the cooperative on the 2010 ..... 
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AgStar Fund for Rural America is Accepting Grant Applications for Feasibility Studies

Mon, Mar 29th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Mankato, Minn. (March 29, 2010) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program for AgStar Financial Services, is offering $50,000 to rural communities as part of their Feasibility Study Grant Program. This grant program, available to ..... 
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