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A Marvin Windows and Doors worker helps build a window in the company's Warroad factory. Company officials opened North Dakota plants because of what they called a better business climate. Submitted Photo

Business climate: The Davids of the Dakotas worry Goliath Minnesota

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ST. PAUL -- More than 5 million people live in Minnesota, 673,000 in North Dakota and 814,000 in South Dakota.

Minnesota state government spends about $30 billion a year, North Dakota $4.5 billion and South Dakota $4 billion.


Twenty-one of the country's 500 largest businesses call Minnesota home, North Dakota hosts one and South Dakota has none.

It is easy to see who the Goliath is here.

Or is it?

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