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Published February 14, 2013, 09:00 PM

A unique love story of three brothers who married three sisters

(WDAY TV) -- On this Valentine's Day, a special story about three brothers, who decades ago, met three sisters at a country church in rural Otter Tail County.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

(WDAY TV) -- On this Valentine's Day, a special story about three brothers, who decades ago, met three sisters at a country church in rural Otter Tail County.

David, Gary and Lowell Salvevold thought the three Hawkinson girls were pretty darn cute. And so, that is where the story just begins. Homecoming dances, proms, weddings and child-rearing followed. That's right. The three Salvevold brothers married the three Hawkinson sisters, and they have lived near each other, and happily ever after.

"I thought, oh good. More boys at church."

When these 6 get together, you can be sure of one thing.

There will be laughter, Great memories, and stories of their wedding days.

"Look how young everybody is."

Dave and Laela Salvevold of Moorhead started all this back in 1968. At the time, Dave's brother Gary and Laela's sister Linne were getting pretty cozy together,

By now, he knew what he was getting into.

"Oh yeah..."

They married a year later. And soon, Dave and Gary's brother Lowell

"What am I getting into. "

decided Laela and Linne's sister Linda would make a beautiful bride.

"It all worked out really good."

These crazy love affairs started way back, in the 1960's at a Lutheran church near Battle Lake.

Laela Salvevold: "When I was 13, I was at Eagle Lake church with my 2 sisters and, one was 11 the other 8. And we were in the parish hall and the three boys walked in and we said oh good, more boys. And we ended up marrying all three of them."

The three brothers who married the three sisters have been best friends and in laws all these years.

All were in each other's weddings.

Linne Salvevold: "We swim, we play games, and we laugh and we have such a good time together we love each other and care about each other."

They have gone on trips together, spend weekends at the lake together---holidays.

Linda Salvevold: "The fact that we are still married is kind of cool."

From the days of summer Bible camp together in the 1960's....til now the brothers and sisters have been one unbroken family.

"Never fight, we get along so well."

Each of the three couples has been married 40-plus years. Who ever imagined these 6 who went to Sunday School and High School together would decades later, still be each other's best friend and center of a family circle.

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