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Bemidji grocer, community advocate Joe Lueken dies at 72

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BEMIDJI -- Joe Lueken, longtime businessman and community supporter, died early Sunday morning after battling cancer, his family said Monday. He was 72.


His son David told the Pioneer that Lueken died at his home in Bemidji, surrounded by family.

“Simply put, our father wanted to leave the world a better place," his son Michael said in a brief statement.

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Zach Kayser
Zach Kayser covers local government and city issues for the Pioneer. He previously worked for the Wadena Pioneer Journal, and is an alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris. 
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