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Running into a brick wall

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When the 2008 recession hit Scott Johnson’s small business, there was no mistaking that conditions were different — really different.

Starting The Office Shop in his hometown of Aitkin in January of 1983, Johnson’s sales numbers had gone up every single year until the Great Recession blocked that progress with all the subtlety of a brick wall.

“We were steadily increasing sales,” he said of the years before the economy nose-dived.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
(218) 855-5860
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