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Rural businesses get innovative as more baby boomers retire


THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Rural communities in Minnesota are scrambling to recruit and retain workers as baby boomers reach retirement age.

Digi-Key, an electronic component distributor in Thief River Falls, is among the companies testing out innovative strategies to attract workers at all stages of their lives, Minnesota Public Radio News reported.

Digi-Key plans to add 1,000 new jobs over the next 10 years. The expansion plans come during a decade when Pennington County's over-65 population is estimated to rise from about 18% to 27%.

Nearly 32% of Digi-Key's workers are age 50 or...

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