Herberger's and the other store brands that were part of Bon-Ton Stores Inc. might just be sticking around after all. A surprise message appeared on Herbergers.com Friday: "We've got great news -- Herberger's is coming back!" The same message, in the same typeface and with the same photo, appeared on the homepages of other Bon-Ton chains, including the former department store in Austin, MN Younkers.

Many of the Bon-Ton chains had roots in the Midwest. The main brand, Herberger's, actually got its start right here in the Land of 10,000 lakes!  Herberger's was founded in Osakis, Minnesota in 1927! There have been no announcements from Bon-Ton or its creditors about the message on the websites, or what it means to us as consumers.

In Minnesota, there were 14 Herberger's stores and two Younkers stores. The last Herberger's locations in the Twin Cities closed this past Sunday and Monday.