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There was a time when, by late Saturday afternoon, a person could safely shoot the proverbial cannon down the Main Street of any small town in Minnesota without causing a stir.

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Part of that was due to the lure of the lakes. Who wanted to be stuck in town when the fish were biting? But the other, more telling reason, was the sometimes slow, sometimes sudden, demise of small towns in general as people followed jobs into the growing urban centers. 

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