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Chatfield grocery closes doors after 10 years


Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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"Red pickup, yet?" inquired Bob Vondal of his customer as he carried two bags of groceries out the store’s doors. Vondal, a 30-year veteran in the grocery business, has been subdued lately as he prepared to close the doors on his 8,600 square foot store. Competition and the changing landscape of small towns in rural America have left its mark on the small grocery store. Bob’s Food Pride closed its doors for business on August 30. An auction on September 9 will sell his equipment. Brighter daysVondal and his wife, Cheri, became hooked on this area’s scenery more than ten years ago when they lived in Gackle, North Dakota. Brief visits to the Twin Cities and further south drew the family to the valleys of southeastern Minnesota. The Dakota grocery owner and his schoolteacher wife and their four children, moved to Chatfield 10 years ago come October. "The kids would always help when we had special sales," beamed their father. Landon, now 24, is a bottleshop manager in Fargo North Dakota. Josh, 22, was the Food Pride’s Assistant Manager until the recent decision to close. He is attending Rochester Community College. Megan, 19, finished cosmetology and is employed in Rochester. Ben, 14, is a serious sports player. And Jenna, 7, is in the second grade. Their mom, Cheri, is a kindergarten teacher in the Chosen Valley School District. Along with the Vondal children, there has been a long list of high school and college students who have also worked at the grocery store. These individuals helped with bookkeeping, checking out groceries, and stocking shelves. The grocery had an average of 20-25 employees at any given time with the local youths making up a good share of the list. Vondal talks highly of the students he’s worked with. "We’ve had some good years. We’d even been able to start giving some sort of benefits until three years ago," Vondal said. Three years ago is when, according to Vondal, the economic structure of his business took a turn as competition moved in.The price of competition"It all started with trying to clean up the livestock barn area," said Vondal, referring to where Skippy’s grocery store is now located. The site is a high traffic area at the edge of town, catching the eye of those traveling from Rochester jobs and tourists making their way through the area. It is an important location both econ .....
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Rushford aims to build Nanobridge into 21st century

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Nanotechnology? Nanu, nanu? No, it’s not a flashback to the old days of Robin Williams’ Mork and Mindy! According to Kevin Klungtvedt of the Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINT), nanotechnology is the “direct manipulating of atoms and molecul ..... 
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Court of Appeals upholds Tuchek conviction

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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On Tuesday, August 26, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the Fillmore County District Court’s conviction of former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek for the April 2002 “hero fire” that destroyed three historic buildings in downtown Lanesboro. [Read the Rest]

Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Felony Charges

•Garwick Robert Sneed, 30, Rochester, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 25, with felony theft of a motor vehicle stemming from an incident in Spring Valley on June 17. Sneed was relea ..... 
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Heartland opponents ask for county board’s support

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Over the past several months, citizens of Preston and outlying areas have been in a dispute over the proposed Heartland tire burning facility, dividing its residents.

Concerned citizens came to the County Commissioners on Tuesd ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford officials respond to drought conditions

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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At the advice of Public Works Director Jeff Copley, the Rushford City Council urged voluntary citizen cooperation in water conservation at the August 25th council meeting. Citizens have been asked to refrain from watering lawns and washing cars until ..... 
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Professors from Eastern Europe learn about market economy

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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Four university professors from eastern Europe were browsing around the Fillmore County countryside this past week looking at the economics of agriculture. Some of the their activities included talking to farmers in the Rushford area, meeting with se ..... 
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Chaos serves no one

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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The Preston City Council meeting ended in chaos on Monday night, August 18, some three hours after it began.

When the meeting started, there was a quorum of four council members, with council member Mike Gartner, who is being t ..... 
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Lanesboro explores police options

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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Sheriff Jim Connolly appeared before the Lanesboro City Council August 18th to share his suggestions for police coverage in the city of Lanesboro. Pointing out the unique situation caused by the influx of tourists in the city, Connolly suggested join ..... 
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