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Long Prairie ACE Hardware
Article written by Taylor Lunemann (Thank you for sharing.)
Address: 820 Commerce Rd, Long Prairie, MN 56347
Phone: (320) 732-2185
Gus & Rocqulyn Gustafson- owners
Nearly everyone has heard the catchy jingle of Ace Hardware: “Ace is the place with the helpful hardware folks!” Anyone who has entered the store has learned there is truth behind that slogan.
The Ace Hardware store in Long Prairie has been proudly serving its customers since 1978, when Glade and Linnea Phelps purchased the old Gambles store. It operated as a Hardware Hank until making the transition to Ace Hardware in 1991.
The Phelps’ daughter, Rocqulyn (Gustafson), better known as Rocqui, joined the family business after graduating with a Business Management degree from St. Cloud State University in 1985. The family has owned and operated both the Long Prairie and Alexandria locations for nearly five decades.
While Ace Hardware is nationally known, it is a dealer-owned cooperative buying group. Each store buys a small part of the company and the company then works for the stores. This means your neighborhood store is owned and operated by your neighbors and they have the freedom to stock what they want and run their store the way they want.
Rocqui helped run the stores until her father passed in 2009. She oversaw a major transition of computerization of all the stores in 1993 to aid in ordering.
But the main draw of the local Ace Hardware is the familiar and helpful faces ready to greet customers and help them in any way they can. The Long Prairie store has been blessed to have several long-time employees mastering their craft in customer service.
“Having employees helping people find what they need or helping them figure out how to do their project and what they need for their project is what really keeps us relevant in today’s society,” noted Rocqui.
Ona Reinbold managed the store from when it opened in 1978 to 1990. Jeff Dinkel then managed it from 1990 until he retired in 2017. He continued to work part-time until August 2018.
Deborah Casey, Debi Rousselange, Dawn Butkowski
Rocqui Gustafson, Dave Sobotka
Debi Rousselange began her employment in Long Prairie on Oct. 4, 1993, and took over as manager in February 2017.
“I appreciate all of our employees because you can’t run a business without them,” Rocqui said. “You depend on them to open up and close, ordering & organizing of the merchandise, giving good advice to the customers, really everything.”
In addition to their excellent customer service, Ace Hardware offers a wide range of products and services. Paint is very popular in Long Prairie, with Rocqui noting they sell more at that location than in Alexandria. They also offer services like: window repair, keys, transponder keys, chainsaw sharpening, glass cutting and installation, screen cutting and installation, and rent carpet cleaners. Their annual spring greenhouse filled with various plants and flowers is also a popular product offered in Long Prairie.
The product lines are also often changing, with new products and inventory being added. For example, Long Prairie just brought in electrical Stihl products to offer customers yet another choice in power tools. Rocqui noted that customers can ask for different things and if there is enough demand for it and it’s available, they will work to get that stocked as well.
The Ace Hardware store in Long Prairie has been around for decades, and the staff will continue to provide their products and top notch customer service for years to come.
“I really appreciate the community and totally appreciate the customer base and the businesses over here that support our store,” Rocqui said. “We wouldn’t be here without them.”
Ace Hardware - Long Prairie - At a Glance
1978 - Glade and Linnea Phelps purchased an old Gambles and changed it to Hardware Hank, Ona Reinbold took over as manager at store opening
1985 - Rocqui joined her parents in helping run their Alexandria, Long Prairie, and Glenwood locations
1990 - Jeff Dinkel took over as manager in Long Prairie
1991 - Changed cooperatives from Hardware Hank to Ace Hardware
1993 - Computerized all the stores
2017 - Debi Rousselange took over as manager in Long Prairie
Debi Rousselange, Rocqui Gustafson, Dawn Butkowski,
Deborah Casey, Dave Sobotka
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Long Prairie Senior Center 50 3rd St N, Long Prairie, MN 56347 1:30 p.m
$15 Workshop Fee
In this 1-hour workshop, you’ll learn how a simple breathing exercise and the Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as Tapping) can quickly and easily release pain, stress, restore and enhance your health. Tapping is based on Chinese acupressure and modern psychology which can give immediate relief and anyone - adults, teens, and children - can benefit from such a boost.
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October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. For anyone who has experienced or been touched by a pregnancy or infant loss, you are invited to join with others in remembering our children.
October 15, 2019
@ Lake Beauty Bible Camp (east of Long Prairie on HWY 27- follow signs)
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My Plate for My Family- Eat healthy see below
Every third Wednesday starting October 16th
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Tracing Your Roots
Sat, October 19, 10am – 12pm
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Siama’s Congo When Siama is joined by Dallas Johnson their harmonies are inspiring and their joy is contagious as they perform and encourage everyone to sing along. Siama and Dallas tell stories of life in Africa and encourage everyone to use their imagination to transport them to DR Congo. This sunny and joyful performance will leave everyone feeling energized and happy. For all ages. A Legacy event. Monday, Oct. 21 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Good Morning Breakfast
Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 7:30-8:30
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Location: 19180 281st Ave Grey Eagle
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CentraCare Blood Drive
CentraCare – Long Prairie is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. October 24 within the Fitness Studio of Vitality Wellness, located at 50 CentraCare Drive, Long Prairie.
To make an appointment, or to learn more, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org enter Sponsor Code: Long Prairie Community.
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Community Listening Session with Judges & Court Staff
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- Have informal discussions with judges and court officials
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Welcome New 2019 Chamber Members !
Benning Printing& Publishing Inc. (September)
Todd County Chaplaincy (June)
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East West Realty (March)
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Prairie Pharmacy (February)
Todd Wadena Electric Cooperative (January)
Reynolds Baptist Church (January)
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