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Shari Schnell styles the hair of Dixie Vollen, who in 1971 was her model as she took her beauty school and state licensure exams. Shari retired as a hairdresser Friday, finishing her career just as it began, styling Dixie's hair. Pioneer Photo/Bethany Wesley

'It's bittersweet' for retiring Bemidji hairstylist whose career spanned 40 years

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Her first customer was also her last customer.

In October 1971, Dixie Vollen drove from Bemidji to St. Cloud to be Shari Patterson's model for her final beauty school exam. A month later, she was again her model for her state licensing exam.

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On Friday, Dixie sat in Shari's chair for the final time as Shari (now Shari Schnell) capped off her 40-year hairstyling career.

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