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Editorial: Econofoods project is making progress

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The major renovation and expansion project at Econofoods in New Richmond is moving along nicely.

It's kind of a mess inside right now, but if you are able to dodge a few ladders and can put up with some empty aisles, it's still a great place to shop.

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The deli and fresh produce area is one of the nicest around. If you've ever walked through the Family Fresh store in Hudson, the New Richmond facility is starting to look very similar.

When it's completed later in the spring, the local store is going to be a nice addition to the community.

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Over on the other side of town, the empty County Market building continues to sit empty.

Owner Gary Cooper reported last week that all of the equipment inside the building was sold a few months back.

Despite rumors that Cooper had sold the building, he said nothing has happened.

Cooper said if anyone in the community has any idea of what could be done with the empty business, he's open to hearing some suggestions.

Cooper is in the process of possibly selling his Osceola Supervalu store, with a tentative closing date of March 29. He added it isn't a done deal yet, however.

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Sophia Gigure, a 7-year-old from New Richmond, is running her own fund raising drive, Blondie's Gift for Gregory's, to help the animals at Gregory's Gift of Hope.

Gigure joined the non-profit organization on Feb. 21 at Farm & Home in New Richmond for the group's monthly adoption day.

The young girl was able to raise $135 with her special made Gregory's treat boxes and her special friendship tea sales. She plans to continue to raise funds to help animals in the area.

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The story about the recent scandal at the Somerset ice fishing contest went national. Apparently MSNBC picked up the Channel 11 television story and aired it.

Closer to home, the drive-time crews on many radio stations were having fun with the topic. WCCO and KQRS disc jockeys made a few jokes about the story. Pretty much all the television stations also aired stories on the matter.

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