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Tami Bauers, a consultant specializing in food cooperative startups, adresses an audience Tuesday during a forum on Willmar's proposed community-owned grocery. Bauers was hired to help the grocery move forward with financing and membership. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Willmar, Minn., community-owned grocery steps up its membership campaign

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All the numbers indicate a community-owned grocery store in downtown Willmar has a good cha-nce of being successful -- but more members will be needed, and soon, for the project to continue moving ahead.

Organizers said Tuesday that they're launching an aggressive membership drive this fall.

At least 400 owner-members are needed before the project can secure capital, said Linda Mathiasen, a member of the organizing board of the community-owned grocery.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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