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Weeks overdue for a haircut due to snowstorms and her work schedule, Gail Pearson drove to Red Wing from Balsam Lake, Wis., to get highlights and a cut and style. Hairdresser Tracey Lane, owner of Hair with Pizazz, begins by sectioning off Pearson’s hair. (Photos by Ruth Nerhaugen, contributor)

Progress: No one else will 'do'

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By Ruth Nerhaugen, contributor

Tracy Lane didn’t expect that a simple cost-saving action would lead her to a career that she finds satisfying in every way.

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“I wanted to learn how to cut hair so I didn’t have to pay to have my kids’ hair cut,” she explained.

A Pittsburgh, Pa., native who had moved to Minnesota to be near her sister, Lane signed up for cosmetology classes at Northeast Technical College in St. Paul, now known as Century College.

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