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Realtors rally, adding new hue to Nevis home

The phone call "came out of the blue." And now the emerald abode is a subtle shade of gray. The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors chose to paint the Nevis home of Wayne Tooker, Jen Wegscheid and their five children this summer. Nominated by K...

The phone call "came out of the blue."

And now the emerald abode is a subtle shade of gray.

The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors chose to paint the Nevis home of Wayne Tooker, Jen Wegscheid and their five children this summer.

Nominated by Kelli Johnson of Coldwell Banker Clack and Dennis Real Estate, Tooker was unaware the crew of workers would be descending in his yard - paint brushes in hand - until the phone rang.

"I wasn't expecting it," he said. "I was surprised and excited."

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A crew of about 14 arrived on the scene Wednesday morning to transform the home's exterior. Tooker had been remodeling and expanding the interior for the past five months.

The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors has been painting houses for elderly singles and couples as well as families in need since 1997.

The first house painted was in Hackensack.

Hirshfield's Paints in Brainerd supplied materials and R&R Rental of Park Rapids provided a paint sprayer.

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