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Joe Lueken said he’s received interview requests from around the globe about his plan to sell his grocery stores to employees starting next month. Steve Wagner | Bemidji Pioneer

Lueken’s: Right story, right time – Bemidji grocer’s plans generates worldwide media buzz

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BEMIDJI – The media attention is enough to make Joe Lueken blush.

By sunrise Saturday, he was reading a newspaper at the store bearing his name on Bemidji’s south side, surprised by recent media requests from around the globe.


“It’s very humbling,” Lueken said. “The scope of things got way bigger than I thought it would be.”

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and Prior to joining the Herald, Wagner worked at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He also previously worked at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa.
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