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Witt’s Pharmacy sells to Astrup Drug, Inc.


Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

Rushford, Minnesota – Witt’s Pharmacy, based in Rushford, Minn., is announcing that they are selling to Astrup Drug, Inc, based in Austin, Minn.

Tom Witt purchased his first pharmacy in February 1996 in Rushford Minnesota. Since then he has added five locations in Caledonia, LaCrescent, a second store in Rushford, Spring Grove and Harmony.

Crucial to selling his pharmacies was finding a buyer who would maintain a presence in small communities. Witt also hoped to find a buyer whose business was family-owned. Both will become reality with the sale to Astrup Drug, Inc, as Astrup Drug has been providing its communities with their pharmacy needs since 1952 when Leonard Astrup opened his first store in Austin, MN.

Today, Astrup has 12 locations in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, operating under the names of Sterling and Smart Pharmacy including: Adrian, Albert Lea, Austin, Buffalo, Byron, Fairmont, Faribault, Hastings, Owatonna, Worthington, and a location in Osage, IA.

“The acquisition of these stores will strengthen our footprint in Southern Minnesota and give us the ability to be the independent pharmacy of choice for those throughout much of the I-90 corridor,” says Sam Ewing, VP of Operations for Astrup.

Witt’s employees have been notified of the change and know the intention of Astrup is to maintain current staffing and locations.

Witt looks forward to having more free time and “testing out retirement.” The change in ownership makes Witt’s plans to winter in warm climates and spend more time with his family possible.

“The Rushford Question” gets its answer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

Prominent members of the Rushford’s council, the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Authority, and the Rushford Area Branding Council were among the 30 gathered this past Monday to hear the results of “The Rushford Quest ..... 
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The Rushford Question survey results

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

The Findings Presentation of the “Rushford Question” Survey conducted from December through February will be revealed at a public meeting in Rushford, MN at 7 pm, April 2 at Montini Hall, 105 N. Mill Street, Rushford, MN. The “Rushford Quest ..... 
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New Rushford trail nearly a reality

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

The proposed trail extension, which the city has fought diligently for, is now one step closer to reality. Tied to the existing Root River State Trail, the recreational draw is expected to run north from the current trail, along the eastern top of t ..... 
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Rushford Library concerns

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

Ms. Fergison and Ms. Tesch, I want to thank you for your concern for the Rushford Library. Ms. Fergison you made the statement, “I may not have all the facts...” to which I would like to offer some financial information regarding the City of Rus ..... 
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Leland Warren James

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Leland Warren “Lee” James, 78, of Rushford, Minn. died on Monday, March 5, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Lee was born on May 24, 1933, to Melvin and Ella (Overby) James. He graduated from Rushford High School in ..... 
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Kevin L. Courtney

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Kevin L. Courtney, 55, of Rushford, Minn. died on Monday, March 12, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family following a 13-year battle with Leukemia. Kevin was born on December 5, 1956, in Decorah, Iowa to Lawrence and Ruth (Bolland) ..... 
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Library seeks parameters from Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

The tension between the city council and the library board continues, despite both sides calling for open communication of positive action. The council had voted unanimously February 13 to cease plans to construct a new library downtown. Two weeks l ..... 
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Leland Warren James

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Leland Warren “Lee” James, 78, of Rushford, Minn. died on Monday, March 5, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Lee was born on May 24, 1933, to Melvin and Ella (Overby) James. He graduated from Rushford High School in ..... 
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