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Elsie Kashmark talks to a customer on the phone Thursday at Peaceful Thymes Gift and Garden center in Atwater. Kashmark, who's operated the center in Atwater for several years is incorpeting a hardware store into her gift and coffee shop. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Atwater, Minn., business woman set to open hardware store a year after fire


It's only human nature not to truly appreciate something until it's gone. That was the case in Atwater when the town's only hardware store was des-troyed in an arson fire Feb. 28, 2011.

But a year later, a new hardware store is about to open in a new location with a new owner in a unique marriage of individual business sense, community volunteerism, and financial and moral support that is helping the small town get back on its feet.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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