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Main Street store Whole Earth Grocery will be hosting a grand re-opening this weekend to showcase their products and new exterior/interior. Pictured from left: Abbie Williams, store tender; Rita Kozak, president of the Whole Earth Grocery board and grocery buyer; Erynn Delahousaye, general manager. Jillian Dexheimer photo

River Falls co-op marks 40th anniversary

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In 1972, bell bottoms were all the rage, Mark Spitz won seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics, Nixon was president and a group of 40 people got together, bought $800 worth of inventory and opened Whole Earth Grocery in downtown River Falls.

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According to the Whole Earth Grocery website, www.wholeearthgrocery.coop, the first meeting for the co-op was a potluck supper on a back porch.

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Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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