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Lakeshirts employees pose for a group photo last summer back when economic conditions were better. Lakeshirts laid off workers in October in response to a downturn

Downturn comes to Detroit Lakes

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The economic recession has hurt some area manufacturers more than others.

While a few are hunkering down without resorting to layoffs, other companies have cut their staffs dramatically.

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Standex, a division of Snappy, in Detroit Lakes cut about 40 percent of its staff recently.

"We currently laid off 63 of our staff," said Standex plant manager Bob Schmitt.

Other measures taken by Standex to save money include moving workers to a 4-day, 32-hour workweek.

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