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Dianna von Rabenau
The Green Mercantile
I was born in Albert Lea, MN, raised on the 'Iron Range' in Babbitt, Minnesota. Grew up with both parents working in the iron ore mines and logging timber on the side. I moved to Duluth seeking an education at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
I started volunteering for our neighborhood, natural foods co-op and soon began working there. I became their produce manager around the time of the big 'alar' scare when 'organic' food was just beginning. I sunk deep into organics and pesticide knowledge. I eventually changed positions to be the marketing and member services manager. In this role, I went out to the public and presented alternative products and information to them. I also edited the co-op's newsletter and provided educational information to consumers.
After 17 years at the co-op, I took over the management of The Green Mercantile. In this role I have been able to expand my product knowledge and teach more about alternatives and recycling to our community.
The Green Mercantile is a natural department store specializing in organic, sustainable, recycled and alternative products. It promotes American, union and fair-trade made products.
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