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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.


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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