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Martins sell Super Valu to Hartmans, another small town grocery family

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As of Jan. 1, the Mike and Nadine Hartman family of Ortonville will become the owners of Darold’s Super Valu in Benson.
“Things are falling into place somehow,” Mike Hartman said in an interview with the Monitor-News.
While he says “somehow,” Mike Hartman certainly isn’t new to the grocery business. Representing a third generation of the Hartman family, he grew up stocking shelves and helping customers. After graduating from Ortonville High School, he started working fulltime at the store.
His son, Collin, now represents the fourth generation to come into the business. You’ll see a lot of Hartman’s son working in the Benson Super Valu along with other members of the family.
The original Hartman family Super Valu was in Milbank, S.D., and was started by his grandfather Bill Hartman, Sr., and his wife Loreen, in 1953. In 1980, Bill Hartman, Sr., started his Super Valu store in Ortonville with his son Bill managing and eventually owning it. In 2000, Mike Hartman became the owner of the Ortonville store.

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