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Herrmann Thrifty White Pharmacy in Lonsdale, located inside Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, closes Nov. 30. From there, the business merges with the Herrmann Thrifty White Pharmacy in Montgomery. (Misty Schwab/Lonsdale News Review)

After 13 years of business inside what’s now Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, Herrmann Thrifty White Pharmacy will close its Lonsdale location Nov. 30.

Owners Jerry Herrmann and Troy Rabenberg sent letters to hundreds of customers to spread the news that Herrmann Thrifty White Pharmacy of Montgomery will fill prescriptions of Lonsdale customers after the local business closes.

“The Lonsdale patient records are already on file in Montgomery, as both operate under the same pharmacy network,” said Rabenberg.

Rabenberg said it wasn’t his and Herrmann’s intent to open a pharmacy and close it 13 years later, but the merging “comes down to dollars and cents, and business.” The letter Rabenberg and Herrmann sent goes on to say continued cuts in insurance reimbursements, growth of restricted networks and increased government regulations made it difficult to keep a pharmacy open in a small community like Lonsdale.

“We are disappointed we have to make the change, but it’s not a closing. It’s a consolidation,” said Herrmann.

Herrmann and his wife, Cathy, have owned the Montgomery location for many years. Not long after Rabenberg and his wife, Susy, went into business with the Herrmanns, the grocery store’s former owner Fred Braegelmann asked if they wanted to open a pharmacy in the store near the end of 2005.

While the Herrmanns approach retirement, the Rabenbergs continue to run the Montgomery pharmacy. Pharmacists employed at the Lonsdale location as well as pharmacy tech Shelley Bohlmann begins working at the Montgomery location Dec. 1.

If customers wish to get prescriptions filled at a different pharmacy after Herrmann Thrifty White closes in Lonsdale, Rabenberg said a patient’s pharmacy of choice can contact him and they’ll transfer the necessary information.

“We really appreciate the patients and customers that came to the pharmacy in Lonsdale over the years,” said Rabenberg. “I know all the employees and staff enjoyed working there, and a part of that is the people that we’re serving.”

Added Bohlmann: “It’s been a pleasure working here — that’s for sure.”

Services at Herrmann Thrifty White Pharmacy in Montgomery include a medication synchronization program for automatic refills, free prescription mail-out services, participation in most third party and Medicare Part D insurance plans, and a gift shop that contains clothing, jewelry, Tri-City United Titans apparel and home decor.

Reporter Misty Schwab can be reached at 507-744-2551. Follow her on Twitter @APGmisty.

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