New mill in Randall will support local wool farmers

Janelle Johnson, left, and Linda Thesing are excited to expand their business “Old Creamery Quilt Shop” in Randall with a woolen mill. Their minimum requirement of five pounds of wool to process will make them the only woolen mill in Minnesota to accept smaller quantities.

Janelle Johnson, left, and Linda Thesing are excited to expand their business “Old Creamery Quilt Shop” in Randall with a woolen mill. Their minimum requirement of five pounds of wool to process will make them the only woolen mill in Minnesota to accept smaller quantities.

Linda Thesing and Janelle Johnson, a mother-daughter team who own the Old Creamery Quilt Shop in Randall, know their latest business decision will have a positive impact on local farmers.

After Thesing found out a year ago that the woolen mill she used to process wool was closing, she started searching for another mill. The search would prove to be more difficult than she had anticipated.

While looking for mills throughout Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, Thesing learned none of the mills were taking on new clients as they were booked solid.

Besides being behind in production, they also required a minimum of 10,000 pounds of wool to even process anything.

“That’s how I knew there was a demand for it. When I told my mom I couldn’t find a mill, she just said: ‘Why don’t we do it?’” Thesing said.

The timing to get into the woolen mill industry couldn’t have been more perfect. An auto body shop located behind their store was for sale and the large space provided adequate room for the large wooling equipment.

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