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Karlstad city clerk Sue Dufault leads a tour through a former city-owned group home building that is being converted to into employee housing for Polaris Industries of Roseau. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

For Polaris firm in Roseau, providing housing for workers is one way to address regional shortage

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KARLSTAD, Minn. — Polaris Industries is buying a former group home here in this Kittson County town about 45 miles away from its factory in Roseau, Minn.


The snowmobile and all-terrain-vehicle maker needed to find homes for its workers, who must cope with a tight housing market throughout Northwest Minnesota.

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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  
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