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Jeremy Christman of Scenic Sign in St. Cloud hangs a new sign June 18, 2007, near the entrance to MinnWest Technology campus in Willmar. The campus has seen many changes since its inception in 1912 as the Willmar Hospital Farm. Today, a private technology business calls the campus home. Tribune file photo by Bill Zimmer

2000-2009: The decade that was


If there were an iconic symbol for the Decade of the Aughts, what would it be -- a wind turbine? Or maybe a BlackBerry, a military uniform or an unemployment check.

Ten years ago we were talking about Y2K. We'd never heard of YouTube or WiFi. Local food was anything you didn't buy out of town. Terrorism and a crashing economy were threats that stayed mostly in the back of our minds.

Fast-forward to the end of 2009 and an entirely new landscape.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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