Did somebody say, “Forty-five years?!”

Gary Mueller (far left), Advertising Representative at the Staples World, recently celebrated his 45th anniversary working at the newspaper. He is pictured looking at an article from the 1973 archives about his start at the Staples World over four decades ago. Also pictured, from left, are some of his co-workers, Brenda Halvorson, Kathy Odden and Janice Winter. In lower photo is the article from 1973. As he reflected on his career, Gary said he has seen many changes during that time, especially in the area of technology. When he started, the paper was still using letter presses and linotype, transitioning to cold type shortly after. He mastered those skills, but eventually had to learn how to navigate a computer after everything went digital. Calling on customers, however, is a part of his job that has remained constant and the part he enjoys the most. “I’ve always liked working with people,” Gary said recently, going on to mention his appreciation for all who have taken the time to talk with him over the years and advertise in the Staples World. He gets a thrill out of starting from scratch with an idea and helping it come to life in an ad. The community has changed a lot over the years,  Gary went on, mentioning that there are fewer retail businesses to call on today. After all of these years, he still enjoys his job at the paper and isn’t planning on retiring quite yet. However, he may take a few days off for opening deer hunting in November. “Congratulations, Gary Mueller, on 45 years of service to the Staples World and the community!” (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)


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