Coborn’s employee wins MGA state bagging competition, will represent Minnesota in national tournament

Tyler Haselkamp, an employee at Coborn’s in Clearwater, has been named the state’s top bagger this year after taking first place at the annual Minnesota Grocers Association bagging competition on Saturday.

The event, held at the Mall of America in Bloomington, was a face-off between nine of the best baggers across Minnesota. All of the participants were judged on bagging speed, style, attitude, proper bag building technique, and weight distribution of the bags as they worked against the clock to strategically pack food into reusable bags.

Tyler won $500, a trophy and a trip to San Diego where he will represent Minnesota in the National Grocers Association (NGA) bagging competition, which is scheduled to take place in February.

“Our whole store is very proud of Tyler, it’s been very exciting,” said Jason Zilka, Store Director at Coborn’s in Clearwater. “Tyler will represent our company, and our state, very well at the NGA tournament.”

Tyler was not a stranger at the Minnesota Grocers Association tournament. He competed there in 2016 and 2017; last year he took home 2nd place.

Additional information about the state bagging competition from the Minnesota Grocers Association:

The MGA has held the Best Bagger Contest for 30 years. This contest is important to the MGA and its membership because it is a fun, fast-paced, and an entertaining competition, but most importantly, this event showcases the talents of one of the industry’s key employees. Baggers are the people responsible for the last experience customers have in a store, and the contest’s focus on these top baggers truly exemplifies the food industry’s dedication to customer service.

Tyler with co-workers at the event.

Tyler with Jason Zilka, Store Director at Coborn’s in Clearwater.

June 2018: Tyler with District Manager Nathan Tykwinski and Coborn’s Clearwater Store Director Jason Zilka after his victory at the Coborn’s “Best Bagger” competition.

Tyler with Coborn’s, Inc. Chairman, President & CEO Chris Coborn after his victory at the Coborn’s “Best Bagger” competition.

Coborn’s in Long Prairie helps raise $550 for Todd County Dairy Princesses Association

At Coborn’s in Long Prairie, summertime brings with it a cookout that’s become somewhat of an annual tradition. For $3 during “Cheeseburger Days,” guests receive a cheeseburger, chips, ice cream and some milk to wash it all down.

It’s no coincidence that the menu at this annual event is heavy on dairy. That’s because “Cheeseburger Days” is a fundraiser that benefits the Todd County Dairy Princesses Association. This year, both our store and this organization, were able to raise $550 when they held the four-hour at Coborn’s in Long Prairie on June 29.

“Each year it has been a tremendous success with this year being a success as well,” said Coborn’s Long Prairie Store Director John Howard. “We had numerous positive comments from the community about the event as well as the delicious food.”

Congratulations to the team at Coborn’s in Long Prairie for putting together this annual event that benefits a great organization!

Coborn’s in Delano celebrates re-grand opening

After a major remodeling project that transformed Coborn’s in Delano into our fifth “next-generation” grocery store, guests and employees marked this achievement with a grand re-opening celebration on Thursday, April 26.

[MORE PHOTOS BELOW] The re-grand opening celebration at Coborn’s Marketplace in Delano included live music from Charlie Roth and an in-store sampling event. A grand opening cake was also served and the in-store Caribou Coffee provided free coffee samples. Plus, Moobell roamed the aisles to give high-fives to young visitors!

A program was also held in-store to celebrate the completion of the remodel. Chris Coborn, (Chairman, President and CEO), offered remarks along with District Manager Francis Audette, Store Director Joe Tipka, Delano Mayor Dale Graunke and Brad Felknor, President of the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce. Coborn’s, Inc. Executives and local dignitaries were also in attendance.

Through this remodel, Coborn’s has added more fresh products, introduced new services and brought a unique modern look to the interior of the store, as seen at Coborn’s Marketplace in Isanti, Albertville, Little Falls and at Pine Cone Rd. in Sartell. Some of the key changes that Coborn’s guests will notice include:

The Kitchen: This new centerpiece area will serve made-to-order entrees that are packaged in-store for easy, convenient pick-up and quick at-home preparation. Brick-oven fired pizza, delicious sandwiches and other grab-and-go breakfast, lunch and dinner options are just a few of the items guests will find in the Kitchen, in addition to a new Kabar Sushi space next to the brick oven pizza.

Chop Shoppe: This new service will allow guests the opportunity to save time by getting their fresh fruits and veggies cut before they leave the store. The Chop Shoppe also produces a variety of freshly-squeezed juices, which are available to purchase.

Click and Collect online shopping:  Guests will soon be able to place their order online by visiting, shopping on any mobile or desktop device and have their order waiting for them for pickup at a designated timeslot they’ve chosen.

Changes in the grocery aisles:

  • Expanded Craft Pop, Sparkling Waters, Ultra Premium Water & Teas
  • Added High end mixers
  • Added Hot Sauce section
  • Added Gourmet Olives
  • Added Premium BBQ Sauces
  • Expanded Olive Oil
  • Expanded snacking section
  • Added Indian Foods
  • Added Super Premium Spices (Morton Basset-Minnesota Nice Spice-Victoria Taylor Rubs & Urban Accents)
  • Enhanced Vitamin & Adult nutrition
  • Brand new candy section with a significant increase in candy offerings! Enjoy a wide assortment of options, including premium selections and M&Ms sorted by color!


Caribou Coffee: We have added a Caribou Coffee in-store to further cement this grocery store as a destination in the community. The coffee shop opened on March 23rd. This new addition will allow guests the opportunity to enjoy a warm or cool beverage while shopping, or in the comfort of a cozy coffee shop environment.

Full-service Floral Department: Guests will now have access to additional floral services as this department becomes full-service. As a full-service floral department, we offer all the amenities! We do funerals, weddings, deliveries, balloon bouquets along with special events planning. We have arrangements, mixed bouquets, along with a variety of green and blooming plants ready for guests’ shopping convenience. Experienced floral designers can assist guests with their floral needs! 

New Smoked Meat Products in Meat Department: In addition to the already wide selection of quality fresh meat products, this new remodel will bring with it the addition of new items, including a variety of smoked meats, such as smoked ribs, chicken, sausage, brisket options and more.

Coborn’s in Delano is led by Store Director Joe Tipka who has been with the company since 1994.

Chris Coborn (Chairman, President and CEO)

Joe Tipka – Store Director at Coborn’s in Delano

Francis Audette – District Manager

Leaders from the City of Delano offer remarks during the program.

Brad Felknor – President of the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce