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Photo by Jessica Sly Rick Johnson gives his son, Mark, a hair cut. He is celebrating 50 years as a barber.

50 years of trims and shaves

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With deep fascination for crew cuts and mild dislike for mohawks, Rick Johnson has spent 50 years doing what he loves­­ -- cutting hair.


Owner of Rick's Barber Shop in Wadena, Johnson knew what he wanted to be when he was just a sophomore in high school. He was friends with a man named Roy Melin who used to cut hair and gained interest in the profession by observing him.

"I used to go and watch him cut hair, and I was always fascinated by it," Johnson said.

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