community groceries en Redefining the co-op in ways big and small <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The cooperative business model, long a staple of Midwestern agricultural communities, is being adapted to serve a broader range of rural needs.</p><p>For example, in the south-central Nebraska town of Elwood — population 700 — there’s a new grocery store.</p><p>“I get very emotional almost every time I’m in here, because I’m just so happy to have this store,” said Sharlette Schwenninger, who helped found the cooperative store. &nbsp;The town had been without a grocery store for more than a year.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Hilary Stohs-Krause 17621 at Redefining the co-op in ways big and small