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Bob and Phyllis Atkins were surrounded by their children, in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the 2006 photo. In front from left are Sarah Atkins, Carly Atkins, Baden Hilty, Jacob Johnston, Sarah Johnston, Robert Atkins, Leslie Atkins, Phyllis Atkins; back, John Hoggatt, Emma Hilty, Andrew French, John Atkins, Stephanie Johnston, Taylor Atkins, Paul Christianson, Ashley Atkins, Geoff Hilty, Rowan Hilty, Laurie Hilty, Bill Hilty, Tess Hilty Christiansen, Nora French, Sean French, Mark Atkins...

Landmark anniversary: open house to celebrate 70 years together Saturday

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Bob Atkins said he knew the first time he saw his wife Phyllis that she was something special.

It was February 1942 and Bob and his friends were a "girl short" for a kind of group date to go to the movies in St. Paul. One of the girls said she knew someone to call.


Phyllis, just 17, agreed to go. "But I didn't think it was any big deal. In fact I think I was wearing a kerchief on my head because my hair was wet. I didn't think he noticed me. I was kind of quiet and shy."

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Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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