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Dan McElroy, commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, discusses how his department is looking to help Minnesota businesses in this challenging economy at the Willmar Area Development Cooperation's sixth annual meeting Friday at the Oaks Eagle Creek. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

McElroy brings optimistic message during challenging economic times

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WILLMAR -- Minnesota economic development commissioner Dan McElroy acknowledges the country is in challenging economic times, but describes the situation as a recession and not a depression.

"We're in a recession because it's similar to other recessions, and we kind of reserve depression for what happened in 1929-1932. This simply is not like that,'' McElroy says.

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