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Shawn Mahowald has seen his welding business ebb and flow in the recession. Many people are repairing rather than buying new, but the decision to repair can be a difficult one, too, due to costs. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Repairs to equipment and household items keeping many above water

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At a time when American consumerism is at an all-time low, one would think repair businesses would be flourishing.

Yes and no.


"If someone comes in with a project I'm usually three to four days out but now I'm standing here waiting for people to walk in the door," said Shawn Mahowald, co-owner of Izzy's Machine & Welding Shop in Park Rapids.

He hopes the lull is temporary.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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