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A last trip down memory lane as sun sets on Willmar, Minn., barber’s 54-year career (video)


WILLMAR - They couldn’t be described as a crowd. But there was a steady stream of longtime customers coming and going Tuesday at Denny Dawson’s barbershop in downtown Willmar. Some stopped to chat for a minute and write in a book of well wishes and memories. Others stayed and waited patiently to have Dawson cut their hair one last time.

They sat on chairs lined along a wall where antlers, a fish, a goose and a shelf of antique barber mugs once hung. Now the walls are bare.

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Gary Miller

Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune since retiring from the Navy in 1994.

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