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Jim Grantman owned Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Red Wing for more than 30 years. In 1995, Grantman described the soda as "a simple product of simple pleasures." People who knew Grantman say he brought numerous pleasures to the city of Red Wing. Grantman died Saturday at age 88.

'A plain good person'

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Whether they worked for him, served on a board with him or just lived in the Red Wing community, people seem to have the same thing to say about Jim Grantman: he was a genuinely good person.


"This guy was nothing but amazing," said Randy Juliar, one of Grantman's former employees. "He had a heart of gold."

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.