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Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (left) was recently presented the award for 2013 Hero of the Retail Food Industry at Elden’s Fresh Foods in Alexandria by owners Dennis and Elliot Christensen and Jamie Pfuhl, Minnesota Grocers Association president. (Contributed)

Ingebrigtsen named ‘2013 Hero of the Retail Food Industry’

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The Minnesota Grocers Association recently named State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) as a 2013 Hero of the Retail Food Industry. Ingebrigtsen received the honor for his leadership in advancing the retail food industry’s priorities during the 2013 Minnesota legislative session.

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“Senator Ingebrigtsen has displayed outstanding leadership in advocating for common sense policies that create job growth and spur economic activity,” said Jamie Pfuhl, president of the Minnesota Grocers Association. “He truly is a champion of a free marketplace, not placing undue burdens on local business, and helping our neighbors keep their shopping baskets full.”

Ingebrigtsen was presented the award at Elden’s Fresh Foods in Alexandria with owners Elliot and Dennis Christensen before touring the store to learn about industry’s priorities in the upcoming legislative session.

“Minnesota has a diverse economy and the retail food industry is an important part, providing one out of every 20 jobs in the state,” said Ingebrigtsen. “Our community is blessed with an abundant network of job creators to the industry. I will continue to advocate for industry and all Minnesotans.”