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Muriel Krusemark (right) helps at Main Street Galleria in Hoffman, where Michele Fernholz (left) and 30 other small businesses sell their products, anything from quilts to name-brand clothing. (Photo by Caroline Roers)

The spark for a wildfire

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"You really need a passion to do what we do. It's almost an obsession to improve," noted Muriel Krusemark of Hoffman.

But passion was what was needed to wake up the sleepy town of Hoffman.

In the past five years, because of efforts by Krusemark and the community, Hoffman now boasts numerous new businesses, including a health care clinic, hardware store and an improved softball field.

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