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Tracy Green, who has been working at St. Croix Industries for seven years, labels mailers during her shift on Friday. Her parents, Chris and Dave Green, say their daughter has shown marked improvement since she started working and socializing at St. Croix Industries. Jeff Holmquist photo

More than just a job: Parents, clients on edge

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Tracy Green became visibly agitated when talk of the possible closing of St. Croix Industries filled the room.

A 28-year-old woman with developmental disabilities, Green has been an employee at St. Croix Industries for seven years.

Her job entails everything from stuffing envelopes to assembling products for local businesses to placing labels on mailers.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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