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Joe Lueken, 70, is transitioning into semi-retirement over the next few months On Jan. 1, Lueken’s Village Foods will begin the process of becoming an employee-owned business. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Lueken’s to become employee-owned: Joe Lueken will take on lesser role, provide guidance

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BEMIDJI – It seems everyone in Bemidji has a story about Joe Lueken.

There’s the small business owner who got his start thanks to a financial contribution from Lueken and the confidence that he could do it, the lifetime resident who needed a field to start a youth football program, or the doctor who got through college thanks to a scholarship that Lueken helped launch.


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John Hageman
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