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Virginia and Lennard Erickson look over the quilt blocks she fashioned from her husband's neck tie collection dating back to the 1940s. The bow-tie themed quilt will be raffled to benefit the Blomkest Fire Department. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Quilters 'recycle' his Sunday best


BLOMKEST -- During his working years, Lennard Erickson ran the Blomkest Auto Body Shop with his brother Ted and never shied from the grime that came with the work.

But come Sunday, there wasn't a church service that didn't see Lennard Erickson in the pew with a handsome neck tie to complement his finest apparel.

A sharp-looking tie for Sunday service and special occasions was a must for Erickson, who had a tie collection going back to the 1940s.

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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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