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Shawn Qualley is known for his hand-painted business signs, like this one at Unique Designs, a business he helps run with relatives in Hawley. He is spending three weeks in Maryland helping make floats for the presidential inaugural. And yes, he gets to drive one. Photo by Heidi Shaffer, The Forum

DL sign-painter working on Obama inauguration floats in Maryland

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Shawn Qualley is helping to make history -- literally and figuratively.

The Detroit Lakes man is in Maryland, helping his former employer create floats for the presidential inaugural parade, which will take place Jan. 21.

"They've done every inaugural (parade) since Truman," he said of Hargrove, Inc. "It's a huge exhibits, events type place, and part of what they used to do in the past is parade floats."

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