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Ernie Rousseau reupholsters a chair for a customer Thursday at Prairie Upholstery shop in downtown Willmar. Rousseau, who spent much of his working career in the metro area, opened his business in August 2011 and has since changed locations. He has been interested in upholstery as a hobby for many years, recovering furniture for family, relatives and friends. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Reduce, reuse, recycle, reupholster, is motto of Willmar, Minn., upholstery hobbyist turned pro


WILLMAR -- Ernie Rousseau's motto is reduce, reuse, recycle and reupholster.

Rousseau, owner of Prairie Upholstery of Willmar, believes in the value of American craftsmanship.

"If you have something that's more than 7 or 8 years old, then it came from the United States, and our craftsmanship in furniture is far above and beyond (what is found elsewhere),'' he says.

"That's why people are interested in re-upholstery.''

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David Little
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