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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."

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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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