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A convoy of snowmobiles moves through the snowy landscape at Sibley State Park in rural New London in this January 2006 file photo. Sports shops with a diverse product line -- and a service department -- seem to be weathering the economic storm as people scale back on purchases of "toys." (Tribune file photo by Rand Middleton)

Motor sports shops see mixed effects from economic downturn

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WILLMAR -- As consumers scale back on the costs of many luxuries, local motor sports shops are experiencing diverse business effects from recent economic conditions.

While many families are avoiding purchases of all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, some dealers say, other families are funding their motor hobbies but in smaller dollar amounts.

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