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Gardiner's Hardware still a staple on Barclay Avenue

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The Gardiners are not the oldest family in Pine River, but because of the family hardware store — Gardiner’s Hardware — they are one of the most well known.

The Gardiner family trickled into Pine River a little at a time. At first they visited, vacationed and fished, but eventually they all came to stay. Virgil (C.V.) Gardiner was originally from Ree Heights, S.D., and moved to Brainerd in 1934.

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