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Jim's Shoe Repair pushes through changing culture

8:28 PM, Jun. 23, 2013
Jim Polsene, owner of Jim's Shoe Repair, uses the patching machine to length the strap on a woman's leather shoe at his shop in Manitowoc. Polsene has been in the shoe-repair business for 40 years.
Jim Polsene, owner of Jim's Shoe Repair, uses the patching machine to length the strap on a woman's leather shoe at his shop in Manitowoc. Polsene has been in the shoe-repair business for 40 years.
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When Jim Polsene entered a shoe repair shop in Woodstock, Ill., looking for a job 40 years ago, he never thought shoe repair would become his career.

Jim's Shoe Repair has been part of Manitowoc for 25 years since opening his shop at 602 Chicago St. in 1987.

Polsene, 61, said he didn't know what he wanted to do for a job before he entered Bill's Shoe Repair in December 1973. It was his father's idea to get into the shoe repair business. ...

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