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Clara Lillyblad to be inducted into state hall

The late Clara Lillyblad will be one of eight women inducted into the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame this spring.

The announcement came Wednesday, March 8, which was International Women's Day.

"These are trailblazers whose business achievements and philanthropic contributions are worthy of historic acknowledgment," said Mary Quist-Newins, president of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

The induction will occur May 11 at the Golden Valley Country Club.

In 1914, Clara Nelson of Fergus Falls, Minn., began waiting tables at the St. James. She caught the eye of owner Charles Lillyblad and they soon married. A marvelous cook, she gained a reputation for outstanding food and hostess etiquette. She ran the hotel after her husband's death in 1932 until her death in 1972.

The hotel was run for 70 years by the Lillyblad family before Red Wing Shoe Co. acquired it.

The other inductees are Kari Rihm of Rihm Kenworth, St. Paul; Karen Desnick of Metropolitan Picture Framing, Minneapolis; Nancy JP Anderson of Midwest Sign and Screen Printing Supply, St. Paul; Barbara Jo Davis of Ken Davis BBQ Sauce, Minneapolis; Rhoda Olsen of Great Clips, Minneapolis; and Alda "Fritzi" Haskell of Haskell's Liquor, Minneapolis.

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