He says it’s time to relax

    A Crookston Inn & Convention Center conference room was packed with well-wishers Wednesday evening during Jack Sitter's retirement party. Sitter is retiring as store director of Crookston's Hugo's after 25 years.    

    He began in the grocery business when he was 15-years-old in Jamestown, N.D. After a year at that Super Valu store, his family moved to Bismarck. Sitter spent four years there before joining the Navy. While in the Navy as a hospital corp man, he recalls being on the U.S.S. Sierra destroyer with 900-1,000 men on the ship at one time.    

    After he was discharged, Sitter went to work for his father's grocery store in Mandan. He stayed there for 11 years before venturing out on his own path to management. His first management job was in Lakota, N.D. where he intended to purchase the store. Later on, Sitter decided against it and came to Crookston where he's spent the last quarter-century making memories and lasting friendships.    

    "I've had the best time here and there are so many things to be thankful for," Sitter said.   

    Sitter told the Times that he plans to "just relax" after retirement.