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Beard culture continues to sprout in Minnesota

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The beard culture in Minnesota is continuing to, well, grow, the Star Tribune says.

"In the past, facial hair got the creepy-guy, homeless-man vibe," Brooklyn Park beard-grower Chris Sorensen told the paper. "Now, you can carry yourself in a presentable and stylish way when you have a good-looking beard."

November is considered the peak whisker season mainly because of "Movember," where throughout the month guys are encouraged to grow out their facial hair in an effort to draw attention to men's health issues.

However, it's appears that men are not waiting until Movember to let their beards sprout.

Bloomberg Business Week says Schick reported in August that razor sales were dropping in developed markets, an indication that less men were shaving off their stubble.

Big beards have made some men social media stars, including Pioneer Press photographer Ben Garvin (pictured, above right).

Garvin's video "Magic Beard" went viral in August and quickly amassed more than 2 million views on YouTube. The video shows the life and death of the photographer's very large beard.

As of Friday, it's been seen more than 4 million times.

As alternative to growing out whiskers, men – and some women – are turning to "cat bearding" to temporarily don some facial hair. It's done by holding up your feline in front of your face for a photo.

Buzzfeed has a gallery of the "25 Most Epic Cat Beards of All Time."

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