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The Rev. Paul and Ann Martinson are still in love 60 years after meeting in a Minneapolis hospital room. He was visiting a sick uncle and she was a student nurse. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)

Ann and Paul Martinson celebrate 60 years of marriage

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Ann Payfer couldn’t believe the audacity of the young seminarian who called the floor of Asbury Hospital to ask her out on a date.

Paul Martinson had gone to the Minneapolis hospital to visit his sick uncle, and was captivated by the beauty of the student nurse who came to deliver a malted milk.


“I looked at her nametag and I thought, I can remember her name. It’s Payfer. Pay for this. Pay for that,” Paul recalls with a laugh.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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