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A bus carrying foreign workers to KLN Family Brands in Perham, Minn., departs from the Wadena, Minn., VFW on Monday night, July 28, 2014. The VFW makes one meal a day for the workers, who reside at the Eastwood Inn. WADENA PIONEER JOURNAL/Bryce Haugen

Foreign workers ease KLN labor shortage

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PERHAM, Minn. -- Despite intense recruiting efforts through advertisements and at job fairs, KLN Family Brands just can’t find enough workers for its Perham factories.


It’s an expensive problem.

Over a six-week period this spring, idle production lines cost the company $330,000 in unfilled orders, said KLN recruiter Fred Sailer.

Unable to find enough employees locally, the company cast a wider net. A lot wider.

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