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Dee Stark once balked at the idea of carving pumpkins with a house full of teenage girls, and convinced the girls they should paint them instead. She's never stopped, and 34 years later still creates a selection of happy-faced Halloween pumpkins for sale in Montevideo. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Pumpkin painter puts on a happy face

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MONTEVIDEO -- When her two teenage daughters invited a house full of friends over for a slumber party and suggested they carve pumpkins for Halloween, mom balked at the thought of the mess she would face.

We'll paint them, Dee Stark said she told the girls.

A full 34 years later, she is still painting them.

"It just took off,'' said Stark of what has become a Halloween tradition in Montevideo.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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