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Challenges Steep For Struggling Kimball Business Institution

A few days after the July 4 holiday in 2021, Hometown Hardware in Kimball opened its doors and celebrated June as a "super" financial month. They had made it through COVID and were looking forward to the summer months.

"We were never going to get rich," Marilyn Patterson said. "You just hope you can pay your wages and pay your bills. We always paid our bills."

The building at 212 S. Chestnut has been a centerpiece of the downtown area for generations, but the future of Hometown Hardware and the long history of a hardware store located in that spot is now questionable. Marilyn Patterson said, "...