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L & J Auto opens in Wadena

Photo by Rachelle Klemme Lynelle Johnson and Jim Rittmiller opened L & J Auto Sales in February.

L & J Auto Sales is up and running on the east side of Wadena.

Jim Rittmiller and Lynnelle Johnson of Menahga opened the used car lot Feb. 1 in the vacant building on 318 Ash Ave. NE which formerly was the location of Hansen Tire & Excavating.

"I've been in the auto business for 25 years," Rittmiller said.

He owned a General Motors dealership in Granite Falls until 2008, and has worked in Wadena before, managing the Nyhus Chevrolet in the 1990s and more recently working for Sunnybrook Auto. He has also worked in the Staples area.

"We carry a little bit of everything," he said.

The selection includes 3/4-ton heavy duty trucks, cars $5,000 and under and a variety of other vehicles.

Johnson also owns the L & J Sportsman's Cafe in Menahga.

"It's pretty amazing," Johnson said, of owning two businesses.

Along with working together in business, Rittmiller and Johnson are an engaged couple.

"We're enjoying Wadena. It's been going very well, and certainly appreciate all the support," Rittmiller said.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

L&J Auto Sales can be contacted at (218) 632-5757.