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Photos: Final tour of the Ford plant

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1 Some of the last Ford Rangers made at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant come off the production line in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. The plant was open that day for retirees and members of the media to tour the facility before it closes. 
2 Ford employee Brenda Schultz installs parts in the Ranger cab on the assembly line at the Ford plant. 
3 Ford employees assemble parts for Ranger pickup trucks at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul. 
4 Pat Posterick, left, and Mark Jackelen smile at members of the media and retirees touring the Ford plant. 
5 Ken Grady assembles tires on the Ford Ranger production line. 
6 Steve Overby makes sure the hood of each Ranger pickup truck is flush before it comes off the production line. 
7 Fans and signs above the Ranger production line inside the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul. 
8 St. Paul resident Lois Neisen, left, drives a Ranger truck off the line after workers checked that the vehicle's hood, doors and gas cap are flush. Neisen has worked at the Ford plant for 21 years. Her husband retired from the plant, and her son worked at the plant for a time. 
9 Ford's Twin Cities Assembly Plant along the Mississippi River in the Highland Park neighborhood in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.