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Rhys Canaday, a 20-year-old from Goshen, Ind., who was laid off from a construction job, hopes to become a chef. For now, though, he’s sweating it out in the woods as part of the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps, trying to save some money to get back to school.
updated 2/9/2010 5:08:45 PM ET 2010-02-09T22:08:45
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The first visible chunk of federal stimulus money to reach Elkhart County landed in this tick-ridden wetland near the Michigan border. Its arrival was great news for Matt Ingle, a 24-year-old father of four who had been unemployed for four months when he landed a job doing battle with the garlic mustard plant that is invading this nature preserve.

“I took it in a matter of seconds,” Ingle said of his decision to accept the job, even though it pays $3 an hour less than his old job at a truck factory, lasts only 16 weeks and isn’t quite full time. "I was taking anything I could get a hold of. It's that bad out there right now.”

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