Lost photos returning to Minnesota couple married 77 years

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A mystery that began in a Goodwill store in Moline, Illinois, is ending with the return of some precious memories to a Minnesota couple who've been married for 77 years.

WQAD first told the story of a used photo album that was purchased a few weeks ago at the Goodwill store in Moline. The album cost just $1.88. But the woman who bought it, Kathi Sweeney Hill, found something priceless when she took it home and looked inside.

She found dozens of old family photos which captured special family events including a wedding, a family reunion, and a 65th wedding anniversary party.

Hill was determined to find the rightful owners.

"My dad wasn’t able to be at my wedding, so I want for whoever it belongs to, to be with them,” Hill told the station.

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Luckily, some of the photos had names written on the backs of them. So the TV station messaged some of those names on Facebook in hopes of connecting with the owners.

The mystery was solved on Monday, when one of those Facebook connections reached Mike Kaduce of Mapleton, Minnesota.

He told WQAD the couple in the photos celebrating their anniversary are his grandparents, Ervin and Verna Kaduce, who have now been married for 77 years. They're the longest living married couple in Minnesota, Kaduce said.

As for how his family's photo album ended up 300 miles away, the family has no idea, he said. The TV station has put Kaduce in touch with Kathi Sweeney Hill, and the photos will soon be back in the hands of their rightful owners.

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