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Joe Lueken, who will be selling three grocery stores in Bemidji, Minn., and Wahpeton, N.D., starting next month, was working as usual early Saturday at one of his two Bemidji stores. Lueken said he's received interview requests from around the globe. Steve Wagner / Forum Communications

Bemidji grocer's retirement plan generates worldwide buzz

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BEMIDJI, Minn. - The media attention is enough to make Joe Lueken blush.

By sunrise Saturday, he was reading a newspaper at the store bearing his name on Bemidji's south side, surprised by recent media requests from around the globe.


"It's very humbling," Lueken said. "The scope of things got way bigger than I thought it would be."

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