News ID: 271071
Published: 1029 GMT July 05, 2020

Minnesota couple celebrates 74 years together

Minnesota couple celebrates 74 years together
Duane and Mary Arntson have been married 74 years this July and have lived in the same house in Esko.

When reflecting back to the beginning of their life together as husband and wife, Mary Arntson, 96, remembers the heat.

"It was so warm that day," Mary said. "It was July 28, 1946, and it was hot.", reported.

Her husband, Duane Arntson, 95, remembers he had a baseball game that day.

"I was supposed to be playing baseball, but I missed my game to get married instead," he said. "It was the Head of the Lakes baseball league, and I was playing for the Cloquet city team. But I had somewhere else to be."

The Esko couple are preparing to celebrate their 74th wedding anniversary this month. Long marriages seem to run in Duane's family as his own parents, Dorothy and Alfred Arntson, had been married 72 years when Alfred died in 1995. Dorothy died in 2007 at the age of 101.

“They were together for a long time,” Duane said.

Duane doesn’t recall his parents offering much advice before the wedding. But when they were interviewed for a News Tribune article published Feb. 14, 1993, Dorothy and Alfred recommended “hard work, respect and compromise” to help couples get through tough times. Based on the stories they shared, Duane and Mary agree.

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