THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Some companies in northwestern Minnesota have an unlikely problem in a tough economy. They can’t find enough employees.

Randy Twistol of Arctic Cat says the company’s Thief River Falls plant isn’t operating at full capacity because of a shortage of workers. At Digi-Key Corp., human resources vice president Rick Trontvet says the company has recruited around the state and even out of the state to find workers, but the lack of housing in Thief River Falls is a problem.

Gov. Mark Dayton attended a regional economic summit on the issue Monday at Northland Community and Technical College. The Grand Forks Herald reports the governor wants the state to help the area by creating more affordable housing options.

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Comments (9)
  1. I'm Just Sayin' says:

    Great problem to have. What is the pay scale? would seriously consider living a little ways out and commuting if the pay scale is adequate.

  2. Gloria says:

    Sounds like a good opportunity for some folks who are unemployed or underemployed.

    By the way, I believe they intended to say “cannot find enough employees…”
    This error is in the headline as well as in the first paragraph, and also, it is probably meant to say “…of Arctic Cat…” rather than “…or Arctic Cat…”

    There are obviously some proofreading skills lacking here on someone’s part.

  3. nn aa says:

    I did apply for jobs at Digi-Key Corp more then one, they samples sent me a letter said; the position is filled and my application will remain in database if their is any opportunity or opening they will contact me. So what the Jokes?

    1. kim says:

      If your application read like your post its probably in the trash.

      1. Marilyn says:

        Thats good Kim, exactly right!! some folks who post have such terrible spelling and grammer skills. go back to elementary ‘nn aa’ it may do you alot of good.

        1. Jason Kahl says:

          @marilyn @kim I can’t believe you two. And marilyn, you also have A LOT of spelling and GRAMMAR skills. Finish your glass of wine. The kids are almost home from school.

  4. won'tmovethere says:

    Hire people in that location were the job is located, I’m sure enough people live there!

  5. pat says:

    Why should people move or take a job when they can stay on benefits for 2 years?

    They should go to Nicollet Mall, there are 300 people there who say they cannot find jobs.

    1. lol says:


      Because IU benefits won’t pay the mortgage every other bill for 2 years

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