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Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Murray County Central Superintendent Summer Pankonen (left) and American Legion Second District Vice Commander Bill Brockberg congratulate Korean War veteran Leander "Lee" Oertli of Adrian on receiving his diploma Wednesday afternoon during the Veterans Day program at MCC in Slayton.

Vet receives diploma

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SLAYTON -- Most students receive a high school diploma at age 18, but Leander Oertli of Adrian waited considerably longer than that.

More than 60 years after dropping out of school at age 14, and to his total surprise, Oertli was handed a diploma from Murray County Central Wednesday during the Veterans Day program at the high school.

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