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Sole sisters: Former pen pals meet to celebrate relationship between Worthington and Crailsheim, Germany

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WORTHINGTON -- Most pen pals never expect to meet -- especially childhood pen pals who correspond for a short period of time.

Such was the case with Martha "Marnie" Cashel McCarthy and Kerttu Seikkenen Karkkainen, who were young girls living in Minnesota and Finland, respectively, when they exchanged letters, in two languages, 60 years ago.


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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  
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