Bemidji man sells grocery store to employees

Joe Lueken, 70, got his start in the grocery business in 1966, and he's become a beloved figure around town over the decades. But now he's getting out. Last week he told store employees that he was selling the company – to them.
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Joe Lueken, 70, got his start in the grocery business in 1966, and he's become a beloved figure around town over the decades. But now he's getting out. Last week he told Lueken's Village Foods employees that he was selling the company – to them, the Bemidji Pioneer reports.

Among his community projects, Lueken started a university scholarship that benefitted, among others, a surgeon who would later help Lueken with his Parksinson's disease, Mayo Clinic reported.

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