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Blanding's Department store started in 1887 selling household goods like china, tools, food and clothes. This photo was taken in 1937. Photo courtesy of The Becker County Historical Society

Blanding's Department Store played big role in early DL

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In 1887, Blanding’s Department Store was the first of its kind to pop up in the city, which back then was still called “Detroit.”


Dick Blanding’s grandfather, Arthur M. Blanding, was among the first settlers in town and had the good business sense to start up a store that sold the one thing other settlers coming in on their wagons couldn’t bring with them on the rough roads — breakables such as china and kerosene lamps.

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