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Mayville enthusiasts support local businesses, community

Tim and Sue Strand thrive in small-town atmosphere.

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Tim and Sue Strand, who own the Hardware Hank store in Mayville, are passionate about everything related to Mayville and the surrounding area. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Looking for a new appliance or a powertool, as well as a hometown feel with a smile? Tim and Sue Strand probably have it covered.

The couple, who own the Hardware Hank store in Mayville, are passionate about everything related to Mayville and the surrounding area.

Sue Strand grew up in Mayville, her parents owned two businesses in town and her father worked at Mayville State as a teacher, coach and dean of students. Tim Strand grew up just across the Goose River in Portland, N.D., a mere 2 miles away, where his parents were farmers.

“We've always loved the small town,” Sue Strand said. “People would ask me when I graduated ‘Oh, you’re still here?’ and we’re like, ‘yeah.’ We love it here. This is where we want to raise our family. It’s a great place.”

The couple bought their current business in September 1994 and have expanded it multiple times throughout the years. Now they offer appliances and other household items for any time residents are looking to update their homes.

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The building also holds Thrivent financial, where Sue Strand also works.

During the pandemic, the couple has hired more people because they were deemed an essential business.

“Because we've been able to stay open with everybody in quarantine when it started, there was nothing to do at home but projects,” Tim Strand said. “We've prospered from people's projects.”

The couple said they are grateful for everything their employees have done over the past several months.

Tim Strand, who has been working from home throughout the pandemic due to his health, said competing with big box stores and being just off the interstate between Grand Forks and Fargo can be tough for businesses in small towns, such as Mayville. Over the years, businesses like Dollar General have come into town. Rather than seeing them as competition, Sue Strand said they were glad to see more offerings in the city.

“The more you can have in your community, the less people have to go out of town,” she said. “We can't have everything, so it's nice for people to have choices.”

But the Strands, who Mayville State President Brian Van Horn described as “just good people," want to see local businesses thrive across the city.

Supporting local businesses, especially during hard times, shows support for the community as a whole, for local schools and roads, according to the Strands..

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“That's what we are very passionate about is supporting what we have in town,” Sue Strand said. “That is very important to us. We have kids that have stayed here, we have grandchildren. They're growing up here and we want them to have the same opportunities, same atmosphere and the same kind of things that we've had.”

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Herald graphic by Kimberly Wynn

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