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December 30, 2012

Clock repairer's occupation is minute

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Prior to locating his business in Eagle Lake, the Mankato native spent more than three decades on the West Coast, where he apprenticed with a clockmaster eight years, opened his own business, and completed his ministry studies that continue to inform his life.

“I’m thoroughly convinced that all gifts, talents and abilities come from God,” said Hultengren, who logs a lot of volunteer hours at his church and is active in jail and prison ministries.

Being a clock repairman is anything but standardized and formulaic because the next family heirloom coming through the door may have workings Hultengren hasn’t seen before.

That’s when he has to fashion repair parts on the fly.

“You just don’t go to your friendly Arrow Ace Hardware and say, ‘I’ll take that part’ because it’s just not there.”

The oldest timepiece he ever worked on: a crudely built circa 1740 wall clock.

His weirdest repair: A woman who brought in a non-working clock was utterly puzzled by its sudden balkiness. Hultengren popped open the back and there lay a plastic spider wedged against the gears.

Yup, grandkids.

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