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Baxter's 3/50 Project could be answer to keeping local business community strong

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The concept behind the 3/50 Project is deceptively simple: Pick three independently owned stores in your community that you do not want to see fail, and spend $50 a month at those stores.

But as uncomplicated and sensible as the concept may be, many people simply don't understand why it's so important, said Mary Beth Gilsdorf, one of three Norby siblings who currently comprise the fifth generation of her family to own and operate Norby's Department Store in Detroit Lakes.

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