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Oskaloosa Hy-Vee Store Director to Address Goal of Working Towards a Sustainable Future


Clete Hjorth, Oskaloosa Hy-Vee Store Director

Clete Hjorth, Oskaloosa Hy-Vee Store Director

Clete Hjorth, Director of the Oskaloosa Hy-Vee, will present “Hy-Vee: Working Towards a Sustainable Future” on Tuesday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m. in the Musco Technology Center (MTC) on William Penn University’s Oskaloosa campus.  Hjorth has worked for Hy-Vee for 21 years and will be sharing the corporation’s goal of continuing their proactive approach to preserving the environment.  This presentation will cover various sustainable programs that have been implemented throughout different Hy-Vee locations and the successes it has brought to communities.

“Sustainable agriculture is a common-sense approach to providing for the world’s food needs, but our current methods of food production are not sustainable. Our focus for the last 70 years in the American Midwest has been to promote monocultures of commodity crops that decreases wildlife habitat, wastes fertile topsoil, and pollutes our rivers and lakes with sediment and chemicals. As a society, we need to move beyond meeting our immediate needs (and wants) to create a sustainable system for future generation,” Pete Eyheralde, Assistant Professor of Biology.

About the Speaker

Clete Hjorth began his career at Hy-Vee in 1996 at the age of 16 as a courtesy clerk in Norfolk, Nebraska.  Hjorth worked at Hy-Vee throughout high school and while earning his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, as well as his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  After graduation, Hjorth proceeded to grow his career through various management positions between several stores in Iowa and Nebraska before receiving his first Store Director assignment in Oskaloosa.

The Leaders Speak Series is an annual initiative that reaches out to the community with diverse leadership–based themes.  The 2017–18 series has expanded on the theme “Ignite” which aims at bringing in speakers to encourage students and community members to pursue their passions and promote positive change.

The event is free and open to the public and can also be streamed online at


For more information, contact:

Lauren Abbas
Digital Communication Graduate Assistant
William Penn University
(641) 676-3400 |

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