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After 47 years as a lineman, Dick Scoville (right) is a source of knowledge for many of his coworkers. On Monday, he was stringing line on a wooden pole with his fellow lineman Chase Peterson. LaReesa Sandretsky.

Lineman dims the lights on a long career

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After 47 years on power lines, Dick Scoville is finally retiring. Scoville, 68, got his job at Cooperative Light and Power nearly five decades ago. He was living in Fargo, N.D., when his close friend Tom Dahlstrom applied for a job as a lineman at the Two Harbors electric company. He was asked to visit for an interview and Dahlstrom asked Scoville to keep him company on the five-hour drive across Minnesota. He agreed.

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