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For the 34th year, Habedank is carving jack-o'-lanterns to display in front of his home on Grandview Avenue during the Halloween season. He'll show up to 125 from Oct. 29 through Nov. 3. Ruth Nerhaugen/Republican Eagle

It's jack-o'-lantern time again

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Gutting pumpkins and jabbing them a thousand times or so with a pick may not sound like fun.

But to volunteers who provide essential support to Red Wing's master pumpkin carver, Bill Habedank, the rewards are plentiful.

"I like to see the people, their expressions" as they stop and admire the glowing jack-o'-lanterns, said Peter Jacobs, a neighbor who has been scooping and "patterning" for a few years now.

"It's fun," he said. "We do everything but the carving."

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