Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Store fire leads to large donations


courtesy Dr. Angela Urban

MarketPlace Foods donates large quantities of pet food to the Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet following an electrical fire at the store December 14.

Lois E. Johnson

Large quantities of food from MarketPlace Foods in Moose Lake has been donated to the Moose Lake Area Food Shelf and Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet.

An electrical fire in a freezer at MarketPlace Foods early Sunday morning, December 14, caused the store to fill with smoke and soot settled on the merchandise.

The store had to be closed and all the food has been removed from the shelves, coolers and freezers. The store is being professionally cleaned before being restocked. The store reopened this weekend.

Videos on television news show boxes of canned goods and bottles of juice being deposited in large dumpsters, as well as perishables.

But large quantities of food have been donated to the local food shelf and Friends of Animals, said Jess Lehnen, the store director, in a telephone interview last Thursday.

"Once we got approval to donate the food, we filled the food shelves," he said.

"We got quite a bit of canned goods from MarketPlace," said Roseanne Pliml, the director of the Moose Lake Area Food Shelf. "We also got bags of dog food. We will hand out the dog food to our clients."

Pliml said the canned goods were vegetables. There was no canned fruit received, nor household products like laundry soap.

"We even received unusual things, like lighter fluid," she said. "Those are things that can be washed off."

Dr. Angela Urban, veterinarian from Arrowhead Lane Pet Clinic in Moose Lake, said she had a pickup truck load of pet food from MarketPlace to take to the Friends of Animals shelter in Cloquet.

"The shelter gets donations all the time," she said in a telephone interview. "They will use the food from MarketPlace to feed to the dogs and cats in the shelter."


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