John Hinkley

Valley Hardware and Supply is the oldest continuous business In Halstad, MN. There has been a locally owned hardware store in Halstad, MN on the corner of Highway 200 and 3rd St West for over 125 years. Brothers Christen and John Sulerud opened Sulerud Hardware in 1894 and served the community until 1965. The Holland Brothers, Earl, Ames, and Lowell, purchased the business from the Sulerud Bros. Holland Hardware was in business for 33 years, from 1965 to 1998.

John Hinkley, the current owner, purchased the store in 1998 from the Hollands and changed the name to Valley Hardware and Supply. John and his wife Pauleen left their jobs in Fargo, moved from the neighboring town of Perley and happily took up residence in Halstad where they raised their children, Katie and Nathan. John’s parents, Roger and Janice Hinkley, also moved from Grand Forks to assist with the store operations. The three generations made Halstad their home and gave their energy to making Valley Hardware a strong and stable business.


The community of Halstad and the surrounding area has been kind, welcoming and supportive of their local hardware store. Halstad Municipal Utilities as well as nearby municipal utilities, regional grain elevators, local schools, banks, fire departments, the Halstad Living Center, farmers, and residents have all come to depend on the local and personalized service of Valley Hardware and Supply. In turn, the Hinkleys and Valley Hardware are strong supporters of community events and local business development. John is an active volunteer for the Fire Dept, the Rescue Squad, and the Halstad Economic Development Association. The Halstad Economic Development Association has awarded Valley Hardware and Supply and its’ staff the “Business of the Year” and “Citizen of the Year” award several times. John strives to make all decisions with his personal and professional attitude of helping the community grow and thrive and bond together.


In 2014, Valley Hardware and Supply made the decision to partner with United Hardware, the Hardware Hank co-op, due to their practices that aide smaller business formats, yet offer a large supply catalog for any special order needs. This change provided the perfect opportunity to update and rejuvenate our building and floor plan with an extreme makeover as well as define and focus our strengths in products and expertise that the current market and customers are demanding. We have the perfect combination of innovative and modern inventory as well as unique, hard to find parts for keeping your equipment up and running.

Please come and visit us at Valley Hardware in Halstad. Explore our vast supplies of paint, hardware, pet food, and supplies for all your project needs.

Thank you for letting us be part of your updating, remodeling, repairing, and every day needs!

John and Pauleen Hinkley

Valley Hardware and Supply, Owners