Back in the early 1960s, our family purchased the Fournet Building in beautiful downtown Crookston. We owned and operated our family drugstore successfully until retiring from business in 1982. Since that time, our family maintained ownership of the building and leased out the commercial space to several businesses and we always had good relationships with these various tenants.

    Back in the early 1960s, our family purchased the Fournet Building in beautiful downtown Crookston. We owned and operated our family drugstore successfully until retiring from business in 1982. Since that time, our family maintained ownership of the building and leased out the commercial space to several businesses and we always had good relationships with these various tenants.

    Late in 2015, one of these long term tenants decided to retire. Our best wishes go out to Jim and Lois Chandler and we are so thankful to have had the privilege to know them. We knew that their departure would leave a large portion of the building in downtown Crookston unoccupied. At that time we were in contact with Craig Hoiseth of the Crookston EDA asking him to assist us in finding a new occupant. Almost immediately he suggested it might be an opportune time for us to consider divesting of this family treasure. As a family, we set an asking price and over the next year or so we interfaced regularly with options for tenants and Craig always trying to help us understand the true value of the property.

    Finally, and after many potential suitors, last Friday we completed the sale to Jeff Evers, a developer with numerous other properties in and around Crookston. It is our hope that this historic building, which our family purchased from the original owners, the Fournet’s, will continue to be part of the success of Crookston for many decades to come.

    Thank you Crookston for supporting us these many years, shopping, renting, and creating the vibrancy needed for any successful downtown. Thanks to Mr. Evers for his willingness to take the risk of investment and for the work of CHEDA in assisting us throughout these past couple of years.

    Crookston is a special place, with people full of a “can do” attitude. Minnesota “nice” is the norm here! On behalf of our family, Lutie and the late Bill Johnson, Steve, Scott and our late sister Sandra, we want to wish everyone in Crookston nothing but the very best.

Steve and Scott Johnson
Lucille (Lutie) Johnson