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k&apos;b .i ? 2 < i ( = ,'.. P < - : - i " i: C SINGLE COPY $1.00 VOL. 132 ISSUE 4 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014 Not just the name on door:.. .Jim 60 years of groceries By Kellen Dobmeier of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- It was July of 1954 when Jim Mosolf first became employed in the grocery business. "I was a carryout boy for Mahrer's Red Owl back then," said Mosolf. "I made twenty-five cents an hour." At that time, Park River was significantly different from how it is, now, according to Mosolf. "Park River had four grocery stores, for one thing. There was a hotel on main street -- I think it was called the Windsor," Mosolf said. "We had two cafes up town -- I think they were called Brandt's and Larson's. We also had two clothing stores, so it% changed a lot." Now, sixty years later, Mosolf enjoys looking back on each transition he made, throughout his career.. ......... "I worked in groceries first, then I moVed to produce man- ager," Mosolf said. "Next, I went to meat manager, then I became manager of the store from 1982 to 1986, before I pur- chased it." The eventual purchase hap- pened in November of 1986, when the store officially became Jim's SuperValu, and manage- ment positions were a big part of what led Mosolf to decide that he wanted to own the store. "My old boss, Mr. Mahrer, told me that ifI can manage a meat department, I can manage a store, so that got me interested in buying it," said Mosol Mosolfalso credits Leever's SuperValu, Inc., for their in- volvement in inspiring him to purchase the store. "They bought the store in 1981, when Red Owl went out, and I learned a lot in the five years I worked for them," Mosolf said. Over the years, Mosolf has seen and learned many things in the grocery business, some of which community members might know about. "There's a lot of hard work. I know that Photo: Larry Biri Above: Members of the theater fundraising committee, The Lyric Continues, and members of the Park River Pool Boosters, accept donations from Diana and Randy Hahn and Jim Mosolf collected in honor of Jim's 60th year in the grocery business -- from carryout boy to Jim of Jim's SuperValu. Pictured L to R: Roberta Char- rier, Daryl Larson, Lorie Clemetson, and Gary Paulson of The Lyric Continues, Diana Hahn, Randy Hahn, and Jim Mosolf from Jim's SuperValu and Kyle Halvorson and Corrine Berg from the PR Pool Boosters. when I was manager of the store, they told us that if you weren't doing 65 hours a week, you weren't doing your job," he said. "I don't know if many peo- ple know how many hours go into it. There was a time when I was working 80 hours a week. There are a lot of times when you're there at six and the morn- ing and don't leave until nine or ten at night." Along with the long hours, Mosolf also credits the gro- cery business for the sheer number of people he's met, over the years. "You meet a lot of people in this business, and I was fortu- nate to be connected to Leever's, and it was a great experience to manage the store for them for five years," Mosolf said. "What keeps you in-this business is that most of the people are very nice." Mosolf would eventually sell the store to Diana and Randy Hahn, his daughter and son-in-law. "I'm helping them, now. I work back in the meat depart- ment with Randy," said Mosol "When I was managing the place, we only had one meat man. There was five of us back there, today. That's a big part of the business, now." "They left the name Jim's SuperValu on there, rather than change it. They must have had it for about seven years, now." On July 16, Dianna and Randy threw a surprise picnic to celebrate Jim's 60th an- niversary in the business and in doing so, they collected close to $3,000 to go toward the chari- ty of Jim's choice. $1,500 of the money went to Park River's Lyric Theatre and $1,500 went to the Park River Pool Boosters. It was their way of giving back to the community that Jim has worked for for the past 60 years. Park River Volunteer Fire Department awarded more than $195,000 in federal fimds WASHINGTON -- Last week, Park River Volunteer Fire Department was awarded more than $195,000 in federal funding for new turnout gear, self-contained breathing appara- tuses, and training for the department's person- nel. "North Dakota's firefighters put themselves in harm's way to protect our families and com- munities every day, so it's critical that we pro- vide them with the resources necessary to help keep themselves and all of us safe," said U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp. "These funds will help make sure the selfless volunteer firefighters in Park River have the updated equipment and train- ing they need to not only respond to any situa- tion, but also stay protected as they do their jobs." Last month, Heitkamp unveiled her bill to sup- port first responders by making sure they have access to the necessary training and equipment. Heitkamp has worked closely with North Dako- ta first responders to address the challenges they face and provide support. The train derailment near Casselton on December 30, 2013 reinforced the need to make sure first responders have the resources they need to protect North Dakota's families and communities. A program of the Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency (FEMA), the goal of the As- sistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program aims to help local fire departments strengthen their level of preparedness and ability to respond to fires and related hazards to improve public and firefighter safety. The AFG program provides di- rect assistance to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations that can be used to purchase response equipment, personal pro- tective equipment and vehicles. With a little help from my friends: PR Senior Center to spo .nsor Root Beer Hoat Fundraiser PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Park River Senior Citizen's Cen- ter is sponsoring a Root Beer Float Fundraiser on Wed. July 30 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Jim's Su- per Valu parking lo to help defray the costs of expenses for their Cen- ter. The Park River Senior Citizen's Center plays an important part in our community. Meals are served Monday -Friday and they make about 15 home delivered meals and 25 members eat in each day. In one year, they serve approxi- mately 9,040 meals in Park River. Show your support of this worthy project by attending the Root Beer Float Fundraiser at Jim's Super Valu parking lot from 2-3:30 p.m. on July 30. Obituaries See page 2 4-Hers plaoe at smt conmer event See page 6 "Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow.They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!" AnneTyler Park River Babe Rul to head to stat See page 6 ItbalinRR See page 7