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Photo provided Four of the five Bernauer siblings -- (l-r) John, Joene, Sally and David -- were on hand for a dedication of the A.H. Bernauer building on Jefferson Street in Wadena.

Old J.C. Penney store rededicated as the A.H. Bernauer building

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The former J.C. Penney building is now the A.H. Bernauer building.

A.H. Bernauer was the general manager of the J.C. Penney store and a major civic leader in Wadena for 23 years. His leadership and energy helped Wadena become the most vibrant regional retail center in rural Minnesota, said David Evert, owner of the building. Not everyone always agreed with his ideas, but none who knew him questioned his energy, commitment or entrepreneurial spirit.

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