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.
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.