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Melody Kruckenberg opted to go the franchise route while pursuing her own business because of the existing model and training provided. She now owns and operates her own Budget Blinds business out of her van.

Entrepreneurship alive in DL

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The entrepreneurial spirit is going strong in the Detroit Lakes area, even as the economy's "return" takes a turtle's pace.

"This is something I've always wanted to do -- own my own business," said Melody Kruckenberg, who recently started her own Budget Blinds business in Detroit Lakes after 18 years working for a non-profit organization in Bismarck.

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"I just got to a point where I was sick of working for a board of directors and knew it was time -- it was now or never."

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