Latest News – April 26

Hoglin Retires from Saguache Works, New Leaders in Place

Marge Hoglin, co-founder and Executive Director of Saguache Works announced her retirement yesterday, April 25. In a letter sent to Saguache Today, Hoglin expressed her gratitude to the community:

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Saguache Works Co-founder Marge Hoglin announced her official retirement from the nonprofit after five years of hard work and many successes. Photo: Saguache Today

“With gratitude and thankfulness for five years of community support, I am pleased to retire from Saguache Works and turn the organization over to a competent professional staff and dedicated team of volunteers and board members.”

It was nearly five years ago in May 2012 when the first seeds were planted for the public/private partnership that has not only produced a major retail anchor for the downtown Saguache business district, but has come to be a model proving out great success in the nonprofit sector. Riding on the initial wave of the Saguache Downtown Revitalization project, Saguache Works has now established itself as a community gathering place, offering everything from organic and locally grown foods at the 4th Street Food Store, to clothing and household goods available through Blue Earth Thrift & Mercantile Store, to offering community-oriented exercise and other educational classes, just to name a few.

The business has also created jobs in Saguache. Earlier this month, was the announcement of Laura Lozano to the position of General Manager of the grassroots nonprofit.

In addition, the thrift store has been seeing great leadership from Candice Hess, who recently took on additional responsibilities.

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Taking on new responsibilities at the Blue Earth Thrift and Mercantile, Candice Hess (pictured left) is ready to help customers find that special something! Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

But perhaps the greatest stride in the nonprofit’s success came with the February 2016 purchase of the two buildings, demonstrating not only the model’s success, but it’s impressive sustainability through storefront profits and generous grants, including Saguache County, which heralded a specific point of gratitude in Hoglin’s retirement letter:

“I’d like to thank the Saguache County Commissioners for their trust and ongoing support,” stated Hoglin. To read the entire message in Hoglin’s Retirement Letter, click on the highlighted link.

In an interview with Saguache Today, Hoglin indicated that while she didn’t have any specific plans for her new schedule, she expressed a certain relief of having more free time at this point in her life, and perhaps do a bit more traveling.

“As co-founder of Saguache Works and former executive director (on a volunteer basis), I am so proud of the volunteers who worked with me to make this happen.  And I am proud to leave the organization in sound financial health, able to pay decent wages while still providing heathly food at affordable prices, free exercise programs, recycled clothing, books and food at extremely low prices, job opportunities with Homegrown Totes, and hope for the future,” Hoglin stated in her letter.

And while transitions can be challenging, with new managers in place and the nonprofit on solid ground, the future looks bright for Saguache Works.

“Saguache Works is grateful to Marge Hoglin for her leadership in creating a community treasure,” stated June Savage, President of the Saguache Works Board of Directors. “We are fortunate to have our staff, volunteers and some new faces to continue the legacy of community involvement.”  

If you are interested in becoming involved with Saguache Works, please contact them by stopping into to 404 4th Street in downtown Saguache, or give a call at 719-655-0216.

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Saguache Works thrives on 4th Street in downtown Saguache. Photo: Saguache Today.

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