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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


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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