By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Moving on from meat

Nelsons sell Hartley locker after nearly 6 decades of family ownership


April 7, 2022


Pictured front row, from left to right: Ila Nelson, Jim Nelson and Brooke Nelson. Back row: Jennifer Paskert, Josh Paskert, Bryan Nelson and Jodene Nelson.

There's no telling how many animals Bryan Nelson has processed during his 40-plus years at Nelson Locker, he just knows it's a lot.

"The cutting is always the same," he said "One time I even butchered without an apron on to see if I couldn't get dirty. The only thing I got blood on was a little on my boots. You've gotta know when to sashay, I guess."

All that accumulated muscle memory from slicing meat will be put to more leisurely pursuits soon. As of April 1, Nelson and his wife, Jodene, sold the Hartley business to Josh and Jennifer Paskert, of rural Everly.

The Nelsons were happy to pass t...

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