A thankful Bemidji grocer shares his success with his employees

  • Article by: LARRY OAKES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 23, 2012 - 8:22 AM

Joe Lueken could have sold his grocery chain to the highest bidder. Instead, he is turning over the reins to the employees he treasures.

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thecynic5712Nov. 22, 12 9:14 PM

Now this is a wonderful story about a guy who understands the value of employees and working together! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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margeanncullenNov. 22, 1210:00 PM

This is wonderful to hear. I worked for corporate America for years and didn't know how much we needed Mom and Pops places until the 90's aproximately.

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BallFourNov. 22, 1210:27 PM

What can you say? A regular guy who stayed a regular guy.Good for him.

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erikj3Nov. 22, 1211:10 PM

Bravo, sir. In a world where far too many employers treat their employees like replaceable slaves, it's nice to hear of an owner who treats his workers like fellow human beings.

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comment229Nov. 23, 12 4:43 AM

Romney and his friends would read this article and laugh at the man and call him a damn fool.

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kohoutekNov. 23, 12 8:08 AM

I am thankful that we have people like Joe Lueken in our state. We don't need more big box developments in rural Minnesota! Let the community keep its charm and warmth, let the employees have a say, and continue to live in the town that you served for so long - that's truly the American way!

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jsimple3Nov. 23, 12 8:22 AM

Why does someone always have to bring in politics? It's a great story...congratulate him (and the Trib for bringing it to us) and leave it at that!

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dgraunigNov. 23, 12 8:41 AM

What a great article to read the day after Thanksgiving! I guess their is still hope and corporate greed didn't win this one! Refreshing!

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jazzman1Nov. 23, 12 8:46 AM

Wish many other business owners would be so generous and set up an ESOP. It can pay off in so many ways. Now, hope the citizens of Bemidji support the new local owners and quit shopping at the likes of WalMart.

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rara62Nov. 23, 12 8:46 AM

Thank you for running this story, especially on "black friday" when all we hear about is an unsatiable appetite for material wealth and greed. If I lived near the stores, I would patronize them exclusively.

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