Love letter gets delivered 60 years later

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- When Dick and Arlene Hauck were courting, some 60 years ago, they did it the old-fashioned way: they wrote letters.

Letters.

Handwritten and in perfect cursive.

Dick was off serving in the Army while Arlene was in Minnesota.

"I had a box of letters from him," Arlene said of all the notes collected over the years.

But the most important letter Dick had ever written to Arlene was lost until last week when a couple of contractors found it while remodeling a house - Arlene's childhood home in Brooklyn Center.

"When we stripped the linoleum back to reframe the walls to do what we had to do, there it was," Jimmy said of finding the lost note.

It was the letter Dick had written from an Army base in Massachusetts to propose to Arlene and on Friday it was returned to sender.

For nearly an hour, Dick took to that letter the way he took to his bride way back when. Seeing him see the letter again was like watching a boy watch his past come to life.

"The whole thing brings back memories," Dick said choking back tears.

The two-page letter was written nearly 60 years ago to the day Dick got it back.

When asked what the secret is to a long marriage they both agreed on one thing: friendship.

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