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Independent businesses in downtown Detroit Lakes have much to gain if "The 3/50 Project" gains traction, The initiative asks local residents to think of three independent businesses they would miss if closed and then spend $50 per month among the three to stimulate the local economy. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

Saving Main Street USA

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The decline of Main Street USA is a new trend as more and more businesses national chains have opened their door.

The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce hopes that a more positive approach helps keep independent businesses in the region open.

Mary Beth Gilsdorf, vice president and co-owner of Norby's Department Store in Detroit Lakes, read about the 3/50 Project in a trade newsletter in April.

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