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People Who Care: Making a difference, one cut at a time

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) - The Bureau of Labor says the average number of jobs a person has between ages 18 and 50 is 12. But a Rochester man is defying that average. He’s wrapping up a career that’s spanned fifty years, most of it in the same location.

Jim Larson has been taking care of his customers—and their hair—during that time. He’s now embarking on a new chapter in life. Retirement.

Larson says he’s seen a lot of changes in fifty years and remembers when long hair was coming in during the 1960s. He quickly learned that being a barber is more than cutting hair, too; it requires the person to be a good listener and a therapist. He also has to be a diplomat and negotiate deals between kids and parents who have very different ideas of hair-cut styles.

Larson says it’s been a good fifty years, and he’s excited to see what the next chapter in life will hold. His former apprentice, Rob Swenson, is the new owner of Hillcrest Barbershop.

Tom Overlie

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