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A Marvin Windows and Doors worker helps build a window in the company's Warroad factory. Company officials opened North Dakota plants because of what they called a better business climate. Submitted Photo

Business climate: The Davids of the Dakotas worry Goliath Minnesota

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ST. PAUL -- More than 5 million people live in Minnesota, 673,000 in North Dakota and 814,000 in South Dakota.

Minnesota state government spends about $30 billion a year, North Dakota $4.5 billion and South Dakota $4 billion.

Twenty-one of the country's 500 largest businesses call Minnesota home, North Dakota hosts one and South Dakota has none.

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