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The exterior of the building at Fourth Street Northwest and Minnesota Avenue Northwest still boasts the signage for what was once Swedmark Hardware. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

'He was Mr. Hardware': Longtime business owner, community member Chet Swedmark dies

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It was never hard to find Chet Swedmark while he was working.

"He always whistled," recalled Anne Sand, one of his three daughters. "You always knew where he was in the store."

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Chester "Chet" Swedmark, who owned and operated Swedmark Hardware from 1952 through the early 1990s, died Saturday at age 88.

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