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Barb Lovaasen took her first teacher’s aide job in 1980. Now, at 86-years-old, she still volunteers at Heart of the Lakes Elementary and Prairie Wind Middle School three days a week. Here, she is pictured with a group of students from the elementary school. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS

‘If you care, you connect’: Barb Lovaasen, 86, has long history of working with kids

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Barb Lovaasen never expected to be working with students full-time.

Years ago, while in her early 50s, she worked part-time at the grocery store in Vergas, and taught Sunday school at her church. But then, in 1979, she went on a retreat with a Methodist women’s group, and everything started to change.

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