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Lueken’s again named ‘Best Workplace’

BEMIDJI — Lueken’s Village Foods has been named one of the top workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune for the third consecutive year.

The Top Workplaces special section was published in the Star Tribune on June 16. The report can be found online at

Produced by the same team that compiles the 23-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions by measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from more than 58,600 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

The results of the Star Tribune Top Workplaces are based on survey information collected by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.

“We are very proud to be selected as a Star Tribune 2014 Top Workplace. At Luekens, we strive for customer satisfaction, which is reflected by our great employees and their desire to help the customer,” said Lueken’s Village Foods CEO Brent Sicard in a news release.  “At the end of the day, we can’t succeed without our employees and their dedication to customer service. We do everything possible to provide a positive and rewarding work environment.”

Lueken’s Village Foods is an employee-owned ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) grocer with two locations in Bemidji and EconoFoods in Wahpeton, N.D. This year, Lueken’s launched NOVO restaurant and Root Value aquaponics, and partnered with TJ Studio website/graphic design, marketing and computer services.

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. More than 2,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.