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Lakeshirts co-owner Mark Fritz speaks at the Detroit Lakes college about his business.(Brian Basham/Tribune)

Lakeshirts came from humble beginnings

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In 1984, longtime neighbors and best friends Mark Fritz and Mike "Hutch" Hutchinson came up with an idea for a new business, selling custom-decorated T-shirts from the basement of Fritz's parents' home in Detroit Lakes.


Today, that business, known as Lakeshirts, has become one of the most successful customized apparel companies to be found anywhere in the U.S.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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