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Dyste’s: 125 Years of Quality Hometown Service

Four generations of the Dyste Family

Four generations of the Dystes taken in 1955. Right to left is John, his son Harold (who joined his father in the business in 1912), Harold’s son John Howard, and his son John Harold.

In 1885, Norwegian immigrant brothers John and Nels Dyste established Dyste Brothers Stores in Forman and Rutland, North Dakota. Due to poor economic conditions of the late 1890’s and the arrival of the Soo Line Railway to Forman, the Rutland store’s inventory and building were moved to Forman by ox carts during the winter of 1890.

Through the years, many generations of Dystes have had their turn running the family business. The store names – Dyste Brothers; J.H. Dyste and Son; Dyste and Dyste; H.O. Dyste and Son; and Dyste’s Food Pride – testify that “Dyste” stands for over 120 years of continuous family ownership and quality service. 

Dyste’s Food Group acquired three additional stores: Milnor Jack & Jill in 1986; Dyste’s Food Pride-Hankinson in 1998; and Lidgerwood Jack & Jill in 2002.

In May of 2014, the stores in Forman, Milnor, and Lidgerwood were sold. In March of 2016, Dyste’s Food Pride in Hankinson was sold.

We value the many years of serving our customers in southeast North Dakota. Thank you to all of our customers and employees, it has been our pleasure working with all of you.

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