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Main Street Pharmacy offers another choice

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Main Street Pharmacy and Java Junkies share this building at 103 North Main Street in Holstein. Photo by Dan Whitney
HOLSTEIN - Mary Letsche is a native of Cherokee, the daughter of Jim and Alice Schissel. After she graduated from Washington High School in 1983, Mary continued in the black-and-gold tradition, attending the University of Iowa and receiving both her Bachelor's Degree and Pharmaceutical Degree in Iowa City, the latter in 1988.

Following her graduation, Mary worked as a pharmacist in Minneapolis for 4 1/2 years, and at the former Valley Drug Store in Cherokee for six months, before she began employment in the pharmacy at Sioux Valley Hospital (now Cherokee Regional Medical Center) in her hometown.

Mary worked at the hospital for 9 1/2 years, until January 2003, when an opportunity arose for her to "be (her) own boss." She was able to purchase the former Sander Pharmacy in Holstein that year, and re - named the business "Main Street Pharmacy."

Located at 103 N. Main St., Main Street Pharmacy continues to thrive six years later. Mary and a technician are able to provide their customers with both prescription and non-prescription medications, as well as medical supplies and a few miscellaneous sundries.

Mary Letsche. Photo by Dan Whitney
Letsche's intention has been to provide the local community with a choice, or option, for their pharmaceutical supplies, and it has been a success. So much so that Mary is now part-owner, with Tony Puffett, of a new Main Street Pharmacy in Cherokee, which will be opening soon.

Main Street Pharmacy in Holstein is open from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Mary will continue working at the Holstein location for a time, but her eventual hope is to hire another full-time pharmacist at the Holstein location and work part-time herself at the Cherokee location, primarily so that she can spend more time with her children, Elisabeth,18 and Jack,15, both students at Washington High School, and attend more of their school activities than she has been able to the last few years.

Mary wants to assure her current customers, however - as well as all of the people in the Holstein Community - that there will still be an independently-owned pharmacy in Holstein if or when she herself leaves town, as Main Street Pharmacy in Holstein will continue to do "business as usual." There are absolutely no plans to close down the Holstein location, as some have reportedly feared.

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