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MaryAnn Friederich of Collegeville Artisan Bakery in St. Joseph sorts the wares at her booth June 4 during the first Becker Market of the year. Vendors at the outdoor market are pushing to establish a community-owned grocery store featuring locally produced food. They say it would provide a year-round outlet for their products. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Idea for a community-owned grocery store gathers momentum

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WILLMAR -- Interest is sprouting in establishing a community-owned grocery store featuring locally produced food and possibly food delivery, food demonstrations and maybe even a local-foods restaurant.


Citizens exploring the concept say such a store would be a 21st century upgrade of a traditional food cooperative and provide a pleasing atmosphere and customer service, such as found at a Whole Foods store.

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