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Sterling Drug founder Leonard Astrup dies

BY David Salazar

AUSTIN, Minn. — Sterling Drug founder Leonard Astrup died July 22. The 86-year-old founded Sterling in 1952, three years after graduating from the North Dakota State University’s School of Pharmacy. Sterling currently has 18 locations in Minnesota and Iowa.

Born in Grenora, N.D., Astrup moved to Austin, Minn., and opened his first store at one of the state’s first strip malls. Shortly after, in 1955, he married his wife of 59 years, Corrine, who survives him.

Astrup was active in Minnesota’s business community, joining the Minnesota Pharmacy Association and becoming a lifetime licensee of North Dakota’s Board of Pharmacy. He also served as a member of the Sterling Shopping Center Business Association. Beyond that, he was a member of the Masons, Sons of Denmark and was on Our Savior Lutheran Church’s original building committee. 

Astrup is survived by his sister, his four children and nine grandchildren. A memorial is planned for Aug. 5 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota or North Dakota are preferred due to Astrup’s battle with dementia. Online condolences are available at worlein.com.

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Pillsbury announces new bread mixes

BY Ryan Chavis

ORRVILLE, Ohio — Pillsbury, a brand from J.M. Smucker Co., is adding new Artisan Bread Mixes to its product portfolio. The mixes will be available in three varieties: Country White, Garlic & Herb and Parmesan & Basil. Families can use the mixes to bake such assorted breads as focaccia bread, bread sticks and pizza crust in 40 minutes or less, according to the brand.

Pillsbury Artisan Bread Mixes are available at grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $2.49. Consumers looking for recipes and tips can visit PillsburyBaking.com, Pinterest.com/PillsburyBaking or Facebook.com/PillsburyBaking.

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Mountain Dew announces Open Call contest winner

BY David Salazar

PURCHASE, NY— Nathan Balli has been chosen as the first winner of Mountain Dew’s Green Label Studios: Open Call contest. The contest was open to people making films of all generes.

Balli’s project, “Authenticity is Everything,” was selected from 10 other finalists to win a mentorship with “Sin City” and “Machete” filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and action series producer Roberto Orci. He also will receive a production grant of $250,000.

"I am so grateful to have been selected as the first ever, Green Label Studios: Open Call winner," Balli said. "To be recognized by such a prestigious panel of judges and to get the opportunity to be mentored by Robert Rodriguez and Roberto Orci is a dream come true — this whole experience has fueled my passion for content creation, and I can't wait to get back at it." 

The nine finalists who didn’t receive the grand prize all received grants for $10,000. Like Balli, their prize money will go toward projects that they’ll create for Mountain Dew and Complex Media’s site, Green-Label.com.

“We saw a tremendous amount of passion and some incredible content from all of the finalists, but Nathan's project really stood out,” Mountain Dew VP marketing Greg Lyons said. "We're very excited to work with a game-changing content creator like Nathan and can't wait to see what he'll produce next."

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