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Osage Country Market under new ownership

Glenn and Peggy Werner are the new owners of Osage Country Market, assisted by children, from left, Bronson, 7, Marshall, 6 and Lexa, 13. Not pictured: Bethani, 23. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

The tantalizing aroma of caramel rolls wafts through the Osage Country Store in the a.m.; broasted chicken stirs appetites in the p.m.

New owners greet clients at the store owned by Bill and Joann Christlieb for nearly 30 years. But the tradition continues - while keeping in step with changing times.

"Grocery stores are perpetually redefining," Glenn Werner said of adapting to customers needs. "We are moving with the market," he said, noting ready-to-eat food is their biggest seller.

Glenn and Peggy Werner, who reside in Detroit Lakes, became familiar with the store a year ago when Glenn was named youth pastor at Grace Community Church.

They learned the Osage landmark was for sale and decided to step into the grocery store trade.

"In the busiest month of the year," Glenn said of taking ownership in July.

The store is home to an on-site bakery (famous for the caramel rolls) and oven-fresh buns as well as a deli. The store has expanded the lunch specials and will cater to accommodate large groups.

Broasted chicken and ice cream hold top billing, the Werner family has discovered.

Boys Bronson, 7, and Marshall, 6, are intrigued with the notion ice cream is at their fingertips. "And the money," Marshall added of consumer spending.

"The community has been extremely receptive," said Glenn.

"Warm, welcoming, fantastic," said Peggy, who teaches special education at the elementary level in Detroit Lakes. "They appreciate having us here."

The store, which employs seven, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week in the summer.

They may be reached at 573-3155.