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Patrick Case relocated to Northwood, N.D., for job security 13 months ago after being laid off from his job as a used-car lot manager. A month ago he and 25 co-workers were laid off at Northwood Mills, where he'd been employed since September. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Economy's woes spreading to region

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GRAND FORKS - Thirteen months ago, Patrick Case was laid off from his job as a used-car lot manager in Florida.

"The housing boom was going south, which affected the car business, which cost me my job," he said. "Ultimately, I had to sell my house and the whole nine yards."


He returned to his North Dakota roots, specifically to Northwood, where his father lived. Family was one reason for relocating. Job security was another.

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