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Fifteen-year Jim's Barbershop client Cornell Berg of Park Rapids had his last trim from Jim Christenson who is retiring at the end of October. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Main street barber bidding farewell

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The classic barbershop pole on the first block of Main will disappear at month's end.

After nearly a half century of trimming locks and sharing conversation with clientele, Jim Christenson is retiring the barber shears.

Christenson, 73, began in the business with his father-in-law, Red Rider, who'd been providing the service since 1930, when Park Rapids was home to 12 barbers. Christenson was the eighth when he began clipping hair in 1962. "Now there are four."

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