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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.

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“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 swagner@gfherald.com. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several newsroom roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and cops/court reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes extensive reporting related to Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with projects about immigration, the fatal 2002 train derailment in Minot, N.D., and the 20th anniversary of Gordon Kahl's massacre of U.S. marshals. Wagner also worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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