Minnesota Moment: Woman finally meets pen pal after 65 years

March 08, 2019 11:29 AM

A St. Peter woman calls it one of the best experiences in her life. 

Lorraine Knutson traveled to Australia to meet her pen pal for the first time, a woman she's been writing letters to for 65 years.


Back in 1953 during grade school, Knutson started writing Merle Cantrell in Australia through a pen pal program. 

In November, Knutson flew to Australia to finally Cantrell meet in person.

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"I knew her right away," Knutson said. "She hadn't changed from her pictures expect she had grey hair.  It just seemed surreal. I didn't think it would ever happen."

Even though the two met, both women plan to continue to write each for years to come. 

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