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By Lois E. Johnson
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Couple swoops in to keep TJ's open

Famed meat shop keeps Mahtowa downtown alive


May 17, 2019

Photos by Lois E. Johnson

Glenn and Renee Gaffney of Mahtowa have purchased TJ's Country Corner in downtown Mahtowa, keeping the commercial heart of Mahtowa beating after the death of longtime owner Tim Bislow in January. Clockwise from left are Clara, Glenn, Renee, Olivia, Samuel and Henry.

The fate of TJ's Country Corner in Mahtowa spurred Glenn and Renee Gaffney to action after the sudden death of Tom Bislow late in January. The couple bought the store and took possession April 17.

"We couldn't see this place closing," said Renee. "The fear of it closing overtook our trepidation of us buying it. We just couldn't let it close."

People in the community are happy that local people took over the store.

"We have had a warm welcome from people," said Renee. "The response has been overwhelming!"

The Gaffneys live on Park Lake, not far from Mahtowa, and they were some of the thousan...

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