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Margaret Richer is the assistant manager at Northwest Tire in Bemidji. Richer, 56, has worked in the mostly male-dominated auto repair business for nearly 30 years. (Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer)

OUT AND ABOUT: Never tired of tires; Margaret Richer knows her auto repair

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BEMIDJI -- Margaret Richer is approached just about everywhere she goes -- church, the grocery store, even phone calls at home -- but people aren't asking about her new grandson or her golf game.

It's most likely about their cars.

For many women, they'll never field calls about car problems. But then most women haven't worked in the auto maintenance business for 29 years.

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