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Eight Pharmacies Awarded Pandemic/Unrest Funds To Enhance Patient Access & Medication Security

MnRA proud to partner with RALI MN and MPhA to support pharmacies impacted by the pandemic and unrest

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St. Paul, Minnesota – October 28, 2020 – Today the Minnesota Retailers Association (MnRA) and Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) announce the awarding of funds to eight pharmacies across Minnesota.  Under the program--with funds generously provided by the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Minnesota--applications were solicited from pharmacies looking to enhance safe customer access or medication security within the context of the pandemic or recent unrest.

Projects funded include: two-way customer communication systems and upgraded cameras; enhanced windows, lighting and locks; and customer signage and support for curbside and delivery services for vulnerable customers.

Pharmacies receiving awards:

  • Como Pharmacy, St. Paul
  • Lloyd’s Pharmacy, St. Paul
  • Mix Pharmacy, Oakdale
  • Pelican Drug, Pelican Rapids
  • Rolseth Drug, Forest Lake
  • Seward Pharmacy, Minneapolis
  • Thrifty White Pharmacy, Marshall
  • Trumm Drug, Alexandria

“Pharmacies across the State have been heroic in reopening and remaining open and available to customers amid pandemic and unrest challenges,” says MnRA president Bruce Nustad. “We know Minnesotans depend on their community pharmacist, and are pleased these awards support continued, safe customer access.”

 “The pandemic and unrest have reminded us that pharmacies and safe access to medications are essential in each of Minnesota’s communities,” says MPhA Executive Director Sarah Derr. “We are grateful to RALI MN for supporting this program, as well as to the team that reviewed applications for funds.”

MnRA and MPhA are proud partners with RALI MN in combatting the opioid epidemic in Minnesota.


Minnesota Retailers Association, Bruce Nustad
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Minnesota Pharmacists Association, Sarah Derr
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Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Minnesota

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Retailers Tell Us Capacity Increases Are Needed As Winter Hits & The Holidays Approach; One In Three Worry About Their Viability

Recently the Minnesota Retailers Association along with several local chambers of commerce surveyed retailers relating to the current COVID customer capacity restrictions in place across the State. Overwhelmingly retailers subject to the current 50 percent capacity restriction indicated a strong desire to move to at least 75 precent before the Thanksgiving holiday, with one in three retailers saying the viability of their business depends on an increase.

Retailers indicated such an increase is important as they have leveraged their businesses to invest in seasonal and holiday inventory. And after being closed to in-store customers and soft sales during the pandemic, the final few months of 2020 are a make-it or break-it sales season for many.

The vast majority of retailers report they feel prepared for more capacity and have the processes and systems in place to do so safely and comfortably for both customer and employees, and a capacity increase will result in the addition of seasonal and long term job opportunities for Minnesotans across the state at a critical time.

In addition, the survey showed retailers are proud of the job the industry has done during the pandemic and are aware this is not the year for large crowds, as can be typically seen on holiday traffic days such as the day after Thanksgiving. As such, many retailers are spreading sales out over a longer period and with continued alternative shopping options including curbside, delivery and shipping.

Retailers also told us the State has a role to play in partnership with retailers to continue to tell the story of how this industry is responding to the pandemic and the precautions taken to protect consumers and employees.

MN Retailers IMPACT Endorses Candidates

Mn Retailers IMPACT fund says candidates are good for Minnesota consumers, retailers, and communities



Today Mn Retailers IMPACT announced the endorsement of these candidates running for the State Legislature:

Minnesota House
Tama Theis- 14A
Sondra Erickson- 15A
Chris Swedzinski- 16A
Dave Baker- 17B
Joe Schomacker- 22A
John Petersburg- 24A
Brian Daniels- 24B
Duane Quam- 25A
Gene Pelowski Jr.- 28A
Greg Davids- 28B
Marion O'Neill- 29B
Paul Novotny- 30A
Kurt Daudt- 31A
Anne Neu- 32B
Jerry Hertaus- 33A
Kristin Robbins- 34A
Peggy Scott- 35B
Zack Stephenson- 36A
Donald Raleigh- 38A
Bob Dettmer- 39A
Jim Nash- 47A
Heather Edelson- 49A
Steve Elkins- 49B
Tony Jurgens- 54B
Tony Albright- 55B
Roz Peterson- 56B
Jon Koznick- 58A
Pat Garofalo- 58B

Minnesota Senate
Thomas Bakk- 3
Kent Eken- 4
David Tomassoni- 6
Bill Ingebrigtsen- 8
Paul Gazelka- 9
Torrey Westrom- 12
Jerry Relph- 14
Andrew Mathews- 15
Gary Dahms- 16
Julie Rosen- 23
John Jasinski- 24
David Senjem- 25
Carla Nelson- 26
Jeremy Miller- 28
Michelle Benson- 31
Mark Koran- 32
David Osmek- 33
Warren Limmer- 34
Jim Abeler- 35
John Hoffman- 36
Roger Chamberlain- 38
Karin Housley- 39
Ann Rest- 45
Melisa Lopez Franzen- 49
Eric Pratt- 55
Dan Hall- 56
Kari Dziedzic- 60

“These candidates have demonstrated an appreciation for what the retail industry offers Minnesota’s economy as the industry supports 788,000 jobs across the State. Each endorsed candidate is a supporter of Minnesota's consumers, retailers, and our communities,” said Mn Retailers IMPACT treasurer Bruce Nustad.

Mn Retailers IMPACT is funded through personal contributions used to support candidates who appreciate retailer contributions to Minnesota communities.

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