For the first time after his accidental death, Jim Kowalski’s family is talking publicly. Last month, the founder of the popular local grocery died from a head injury while on a fishing trip in Alaska. After a tough month for the family, Kowalski’s wife, Mary Anne Kowalski, and daughter Kris Kowalski Christensen celebrated 30 years of business Saturday by making the rounds at their area stores, which treated customers to food, drinks, and music.
The Ontario Provincial Police say that Jim Kowalski died Thursday after falling into a rotating plane propeller while on a fishing trip in Canada. The incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. on Thursday in Red Lake, Ontario.
Jim Kowalski died Thursday in a plane accident while fishing in Canada, according to family member Deb Kowalski. Deb Kowalski said Jim suffered a head injury in the incident, and an autopsy is being performed. She said he was with a friend on the trip. Jim Kowalski, 67, founded Kowalski’s Markets back in 1986 in White Bear Lake.