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Jack Dalrymple

BY CSA STAFF

Jack Dalrymple, 59, serves with pride as the 35th lieutenant governor of North Dakota. He is equally proud of the work he has done in helping his state’s wheat farmers grow and prosper.

Dalrymple grew up on his family’s wheat farm in North Dakota. After graduating from Yale University, he returned home to manage the farm, and expanded its operations considerably. Facing falling commodity prices and open trade, he looked for new ways to add value to the farm’s durum wheat crop. As organizing board chairman of Dakota Growers Pasta Co., he led more than 1,000 farm families to build a $40 million integrated durum mill and pasta-processing plant.

The company started operations as a farmer-owned cooperative in 1993 and went private in 2002. It has evolved into the third-largest manufacturer and marketer of dry pasta products in North America.

Dalrymple said, “the real credit goes to the dedicated-management team and the great employees of Dakota Growers Pasta Co. They really take a lot of pride in our business.”

Dakota ranks as a leading supplier of pasta for store brands and private-label lines, and the No. 1 supplier to the foodservice industry. It also sells its own line of low-carb pasta products, marketed under the Dream-fields brand, in supermarkets and on its Web site.

Chairman Dakota Growers Pasta Co.Headquarters: Carrington, N.D.Annual sales: $171. 5 million (2006)Type of business: Manufacturer and marketer of dry pasta productsAreas of operation: Nationwide

Throughout his career, Dalrymple always carved out time for his family (he has four daughters) and public service. In 1985, he was elected to the North Dakota legislature, where he served eight terms. In 2000, he was elected lieutenant governor. He presides over the North Dakota Senate and is responsible for legislative relations, the state budget and agri-business development.

Although he is not a part of day-to-day operations of Dakota Growers, Dalrymple serves as its chairman and remains involved with the direction of the company.

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CompUSA may get a new look

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ADDISON, Tx. After opening a new format store last month, CompUSA may be changing the format of its other stores, depending on customer demand and product interest.

According to reports, the elements found in the prototype store, located in Texas, will be incorporated into other CompUSA locations across the United States.

The nearly 7,700 square-ft. relocation site includes an Apple shop featuring Mac computers, iPods and Apple accessories, and a full-length LCD TV wall.

Additional expansions include extended gaming, which includes an entire wall devoted to the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation3 and Xbox 360 gaming platforms, plus a PC gaming setup to test equipment and play new titles.

While businesses can get their share of support with a specialized services section, all consumers can visit the store’s redesigned IT support area.

“This new store aligns CompUSA’s vision to better serve its three core customers, the technology enthusiast, educated professional and small and medium businesses,” said Gabriela Villalobos, the retailer’s sales and operations evp.

CompUSA announced in April that it would narrow its focus to three core customer groups rather than try to serve a mass audience.

The move was part of a comprehensive restructuring, initiated last February, that included an overhaul of senior management and the closure of half its store base as the privately held chain looked to improve sales and profitability.

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Walgreens withdraws from CVS provider plans

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DEERFIELD, Ill. After many months of talks over low and below-market payment rates by CVS Caremark for four prescription plans, Walgreens has withdrawn as a pharmacy provider from the plans.

Patients affected include members of prescription benefit plans managed by CVS Caremark for ArcelorMittal, Johnson Controls, Progressive Casualty Insurance and Wisconsin Education Association Trust.

Most of the affected members live in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Trent Taylor, president of Walgreens Health Services, the managed care division of Walgreens, released the following statement:

“This is not where we wanted negotiations to lead,” he said. “We’re sorry that our pharmacy patients and CVS Caremark’s clients are caught in the middle, and we’ll do all we can to ensure a smooth transition for our patients to another pharmacy. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to work on resolving this issue with CVS Caremark.

“Leaving a benefits plan is an extraordinary step for us, but it demonstrates how extraordinarily low our payments were from CVS Caremark. We can’t continue accepting reimbursement rates that are drastically below market, while offering patients needed special services such as 24-hour pharmacy access and drive-thru pharmacies.”

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