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Photo by Brian Hansel Bob Tubandt started working at Lyle's Shoes 50 years ago in September for Lyle Goodrich. At the time it was known as Lyle's Ready-to-Wear. Tubandt bought the business in 1978. The 67-year-old great-grandfather hopes to stay in the shoe business for another 10 years.

50 years in the shoe biz

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For a man who has been a fixture in Wadena for the last 50 years, Bob Tubandt had an unusual beginning.

For the first 17 years of his life, Tubandt was a farm kid -- and that meant he grew up working.

Tubandt watched his parents rise early to do farm chores, then head for their day jobs in town before returning in the evening to do more chores. Tubandt was not afraid of hard work but he wanted something else for himself.

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