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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 11:02 a.m. CDT

From Leona Westphal


As I reflect on my end of life, thinking about what this business has become after 32 years, we are luck to have loyal customers.

Now comes reality if small businesses like ours are no longer here. What becomes of some of our services like movie rental, hunting and fishing, laundromat and even moving a campsite, because there are no facilities available. The answer is simple, go to the next town. I’m sure they will welcome customers for groceries, gas, restaurants, etc.

If we are going to change our community, we need to work together. Put your differences aside. Stop informing your employees not to shop at certain businesses in town.

Let’s keep our business in town when possible.

(Editors note: Since 1984, Leona Westphal has owned and operated the Corning Mini Mart by herself very successfully. With years of hard work and being extremely attuned to the wants and needs of her customers, she has succeeded all without a front-and-center location and without offering gas. Westphal has a loyal customer base by featuring a laundromat, movie rental, specialty wines, liquor and beer among many other services.)

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