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Community spirit thrives in Mahtowa


April 17, 2020

Lois Johnson

Olivia and Renee Gaffney add up items at TJ's Country Store last week for an order scheduled for delivery. The Gaffney family has held up a tradition at the store in supporting and encouraging community causes.

Just before Easter, a single chick-in-an-egg toy was left at the end of the day after a customer brought in a birchbark basket of 30 of them. The toys were free.

Another woman brought in homemade facemasks on Friday that anyone could take for free.

"They went like crazy," said Renee Gaffney, one of the owners of TJ's Country Store.

Those are just two examples of how people in the tiny community of Mahtowa have pulled together during the statewide stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Renee and Glenn Gaffney and family bought TJ's a year ago after the death of longtime...

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