Food with local roots Willmar Community-Owned Grocery will be a full-service grocery. As a cooperative, COG focuses on local foods for a vibrant economy and sustainable community.



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20 August


Annual Meeting, Board Election Held

The Willmar Community-Owned Grocery annual meeting took place on Thurs., Aug. 14 at the store’s new location, next to Westside Liquor. There was a great turnout, with most seats filled, and attendees enjoyed a wide array of sweet desserts provided by area caterers, coffee shops, and restaurants. Along with hearing about the COG’s successes over […]

31 July


Board Education: Cooperative Movement

By Jan Forkrud, COG Board of Directors June 12-14, 2014, Russ Bennett and I attended the CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) annual meeting in Madison, Wis. It is put on by the National Cooperative Business Association, and brings people together to learn, network and be energized. The meeting began in 1957 with depression-era cooperatives, plus […]

23 July


Quark & Farm Families

Last month the Lakes Area Review and the West Central Tribune published one column each from the COG – one about making quark cheese at home, the other about 2014 being the United Nation’s International Year of the Family Farmer. Many thanks to these publications for spreading the word about good food, farming, and the […]