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St. Paul barber offers free back-to-school kids’ cuts, pandemic-style



Milan Dennie, left, cuts a freestyle graphic design in Darion Gray's hair in his shop, King Milan's Barbershop, in St. Paul on Thursday, September 3, 2015. (Pioneer Press: Jean Pieri)


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Milan Dennie, left, cuts a freestyle graphic design in Darion Gray’s hair in his shop, King Milan’s Barbershop, in St. Paul on Thursday, September 3, 2015. (Pioneer Press: Jean Pieri)

In light of the St. Paul Public Schools reopening for in-person classes, Milan Dennie will host a free back-to-school event at his University Avenue barbershop on Monday. Patrons who sign their K-5 students up online will receive a free children’s haircut, a backpack and two custom-made face masks while supplies last.

Dennie, the proprietor of King Milan’s Barbershop, also runs the nonprofit It’s Our Neighborhood, which aims to instill pride in St. Paul’s Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods by offering opportunities for young people along the Green Line light rail corridor.

His back-to-school events usually take place in September, but Dennie has been especially busy during the pandemic, and he aims to

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