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When I was growing up, my daddy ran a country grocery store on Main Street in Elgin. He opened the store at 7 a.m. six days a week. It was Red and White when I was very young, but later became Nelson’s Foods.R.E. Nelson lived in Austin and owned the store, but Verner Green, my dad, was the one who took care of everything concerning the operation.He was my hero.He grew up an orphan and was raised by the Otto Danielson family in the New Sweden community. When he came into Elgin as a young man, he had several jobs ...

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