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Jim Kowalski, the founder of a grocery chain headquartered in Woodbury, has died.

The 67-year-old North Oaks resident died Thursday in an incident involving a floater plane during a fishing trip in Ontario, Canada, said family spokeswoman Deb Kowalski.


The family issued a statement on Friday through Twitter reading “The Kowalski family & staff thanks everyone for their kindness. The memory of Jim & his legacy will live on in his stores & in our hearts.”

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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